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Midgets roll past Tigers

ELC avenges loss to Spencer

June 20, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor (dswartz@esthervillenews.net) , Estherville News

Estherville Lincoln Central avenged an early season loss with a 12-1, six-inning victory over Spencer on Monday.

The two teams first met on June 1, when ELC rallied from a 4-0 deficit to retake the lead, only to lose, 7-6, on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh.

On Monday, ELC led from start to finish while Gabrielle Paul threw a complete game. She gave up one unearned run on three hits with one strikeout and no walks. While the defense committed a couple errors in the first two innings, Paul and her teammates set the Tigers down in order in innings three through five.

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ELC led 9-0, when the Tigers finally strung together a pair of hits to score their lone run.

Offensively, ELC's night started with two runs in the first inning with Lindsey Jensen and Lena McCoy both driving in runs. Paul and Adrienne Rosfjord both had singles in the second inning, but it was Morgan White driving in two runs with a double, as ELC led 4-0.

In the third inning, Lena McCoy led off with a single. Courtesy runner Adelee Reinhardt moved to second when Jadynn Moore drew a walk. With Paul at the plate, the Spencer catcher tried to pick off Reinhardt at third base. The throw went into the outfield allowing her to score. Moore then scored when a pitch got past the Spencer catcher.

With two outs, ELC continued the inning by loading the bases on hits by Rosfjord, Whtie and Josie Condon. Jensen drew a walk to bring one run home and the Midgets led 7-0.

ELC scored again in the fourth inning, as McCoy led off with a single. Courtesy runner Reinhardt moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a sacrifice bunt by Moore. Paul drew a two-out walk. Courtesy runner Jordyn Moore came in for Paul. On a delayed steal to second, Moore got safely back to first while Reinhardt beat the throw to home plate.

With an 8-0 lead, ELC looked to end the game in the fifth inning. Condon hit a one-out single and Jensen was hit by a pitch. Karmen Hazen hit a grounder to the shortstop and Spencer took the force out at second. With two outs, McCoy hit a high popup to the Spencer pitcher, who dropped the ball. Condon came around to score while the ball was in the air, but the throw came in time to get Hazen out at the plate and end the inning.

After the Tigers scored their run in the top of the sixth, Jadynn Moore responded with a one-out home run to left center field. It was her second home run of the season and both have come against Spencer.

With two outs, ELC loaded the bases with walks to Rosfjord and Condon sandwiched around a single by White. Jensen then delivered the final hit to score two runs and give ELC the victory.

"It was good to see us playing well after the loss to Western Christian Friday night," said ELC coach Megan Anderson. Gabrielle Paul pitched a great game for us. She is becoming more consistent as the season goes on. We had 15 hits, highlighted by a solo home run by Jadynn. We also used the bunting game a lot to move runners into scoring position and as base hits throughout the game."

White was 4-5 with a double and two RBIs, McCoy finished 3-4 with two RBIs while Jensen was 2-4 with four RBIs. Also Condon was 2-2, Rosfjord was 2-3, Jadynn Moore was 1-2 with an RBI and Paul was 1-3.

ELC (9-14 overall, 3-6 in the Lakes Conference) was scheduled to play Cherokee on Wednesday. That game was rescheduled for June 28 in Cherokee. The Midgets travel to the Spencer Tournament this Friday and Saturday.

 
 
 

 

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