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2018 Spencer Softball Tournament Midgets struggle, Warriors thrive at local tourney

June 24, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor (dswartz@esthervillenews.net) , Estherville News

By David Swartz

Managing Editor

SPENCER - Both Estherville Lincoln Central and North Union were at the Spencer Softball Tournament on Saturday.

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ELC couldn't earn the necessary breaks, losing three games by one run and finishing the tournament 0-4.

The Warriors, ranked fifth in Class 1A, won a pair of one-run games on Friday and then won both games Saturday to go 4-0.

The two teams started the tournament playing each other on Friday with the Warriors rallying for a 5-4 victory. North Union would go on to edge West Sioux 6-5, while ELC fell 8-7 to MOC-Floyd Valley.

On Saturday, ELC lost 3-2 to West Sioux and 4-1 to Denison-Schleswig. The Warriors won 5-2 over Le Mars and 4-2 against MOC-Floyd Valley

North Union 5, ELC 4

ELC took the early lead against North Union in the two teams' second meeting of the season. The Warriors prevailed 3-2 in the season opener in Swea City.

On Friday, Morgan White led off the first inning with a triple and scored on a bunt single by Josie Condon. ELC added three runs in the second inning as Adrienne Rosfjord and White each drew two-out walks. Rosfjord scored on a double by Josie Condon. Both White and Condon scored when Lindsey Jensen reached on an error.

North Union scored its five runs in the fourth inning with one out. Katelyn Thackery, Kate Anderson, Bre Anderson, Rory McClellan hit four consecutive singles with McClellan getting an RBI. Kaitlyn Bierstedt drew a walk to drive in another run. Two pitches that got past ELC catcher Lena McCoy allowed two more Warriors runs to score. Brooklyn Prochniak drove in the go-ahead run when she grounded out to shortstop Jensen for the second out.

ELC had a chance to tie the game in the fifth inning when Kylie Quastad singled and Gabby Paul was hit by a pitch. With two outs, White was intentionally walked to load the bases. The threat ended when Condon lined out to second base.

Kate Anderson earned the pitching victory. In six innings, she struck out six batters, walked four and gave up seven hits.

For ELC, Paul took the loss. She struck out three batters, walked five and gave up six hits.

At the plate, Condon was 2-4 with two RBIs while Hazen was 2-3 and White and Jensen each had a hit. For the Warriors, Hope Steinberger, Thackery, Kate Anderson, Bre Anderson, Rory McClellan and Shawna Person each had a hit.

MOC-Floyd Valley 8,

ELC 7

ELC had the tying run on second base in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Midgets couldn't push across the run with the game ending due to the tournament time limit.

Both the Dutch and Midges scored four runs in the first inning. As the home team, ELC responded to the 4-0 deficit with five straight hits in the bottom of the inning. White singled, stole second and scored on a hit by Condon. A double by Jensen brought Condon home and Hazen singles through the right side of the infield to bring Jensen home. A single by Lena McCoy and a walk to Kylie Quastad loaded the bases. Jadynn Moore then hit a grounder to short. Hazen came home while the Dutch took the force out at second base.

ELC took the lead in the second inning with White leading off with a triple to right field and scoring on a sacrifice bunt by Condon.

However, ELC struggled in the third inning as MOC-Floyd Valley plated three runs and then added another in the fourth.

ELC came back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Rosfjord drew a walk, White hit a bunt single and Condon hit a bunt single to load the bases. Rosfjord scored when Jensen grounded out to first base and a single by Hazen brought White home. Condon tried to score on the play, but was thrown out at home plate.

Maggie White started on the mound for ELC. She struck out one batter and walked four in three innings. Morgan White closed out the final two innings. She struck out two batters and walked three.

At the plate, Morgan White was 3-3, Condon was 1-2, Jensen was 1-3, Hazen was 2-3 and McCoy was 1-3.

West Sioux 3, ELC 2

Holding a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, ELC couldn't hang on against Wes Sioux, as the Falcons scored two runs and held the Midgets scoreless in the seventh for the one-run victory.

Gabby Paul pitched all six innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

At the plate, ELC had six hits with Jensen going 3-3 with a double and an RBI while Jadynn Moore was 1-2 and White and Condon each were 1-3.

Denison-Schleswig 4,

ELC 1

After cutting a 2-1 deficit in half in the top of the fourth inning, the Midgets watched the Monarchs plate two runs in the bottom of the fourth.

ELC mustered just three hits with White, Hazen and McCoy each going 1-3. McCoy had a double and the lone RBI.

Maggie White pitched all seven innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts and four walks.

ELC (9-18 overall) is home against Storm Lake today and at Spirit Lake on Wednesday.

North Union 6,

West Sioux 5

North Union built a 6-2 lead over Wes Sioux and then held on for the one-run victory. Kate Anderson pitched all seven innings, giving up five earned runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

North Union finished with six hits with Hope Steinberger, going 2-3 with an RBI and scoring three times. Katelyn Thackery was 2-3 and Kate Anderson was 1-4 with two RBIs. Also, Shawna Person was 1-2 with an RBI and Rory McClellan was 1-3.

North Union 5, LeMars 2

North Union broke open a 1-1 tie with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Each team scored a run in the sixth inning.

Kate Anderson pitched seven innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.

North Union finished with nine hits, as Steinberger went 3-4 with an RBI and Person was 2-2 with an RBI. Also Thackery and Brooklyn Prochniak each went 1-3 with an RBI and Kate Anderson was 1-4 with an RBI. McClellan was 1-2.

North Union 4,

Denison-Schleswig 2

North Union again broke open a tie with three runs in the fourth inning with six of the Warriors' 12 hits in the game.

Prochniak got the start. In 4 2/3 innings, she gave up one unearned run on two hits with two strikeouts and four walks. Kate Anderson finished out the game, giving up one earned run on two hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

At the plate, McClellan went 3-4 while Stienberger was 2-4 with an RBI and Kate Anderson was 2-4 with an RBI. Also, Thackery and Kaitlyn Bierstedt each were 1-3 with an RBI. Bre Anderson, Person and Cassie Beadle each had a hit.

North Union (18-3 overall) hosts Newman Catholic today (Monday) in Swea City. The Warriors are on the road against Northwood-Kensett on Tuesday. They then host Bishop Garrigan on Wednesday at noon and go on the road that evening to play Garner-Hayfield/Ventura.

 
 
 

 

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