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ELC softball season is put on hold for two weeks

ELC wins Lakes, then has season suspended

June 29, 2020
By David Swartz - Staff Writer , Estherville News

The Estherville Lincoln Central Softball Team started the week on a high, but bad news came down on Friday when the team learned that one of its members contracted COVID-19.

ELC completed its first game at the Spencer Tournament against Newell-Fonda early Friday morning before learning about the case. As a result, school officials announced Friday that the Midgets' softball season is now cancelled for the next two weeks until July 9.

On Wednesday, ELC earned a share of the Lakes Conference title with its 5-3 win over Storm Lake.

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After nearly getting caught in a rundown, ELC junior Amara Heinrichs slides safely back to third base in the Midgets’ game against Newell-Fonda on Saturday in Spencer.
Photo by David Swartz

The Midgets faced off against the Tornadoes ace, senior Skylar Cole, who ELC coach Megan Anderson calls one of the top pitchers in the conference.

"Skylar showed it Wednesday and hits were scarce," Anderson said.

ELC struck first though. In the top of the third inning with two outs, Adrienne Rosfjord struck out, but ran to first as the ball scooted away from the Storm Lake catcher. The catcher then overthrew first base, allowing Rosfjord to advance to second. Tatum Dunlavy followed with a deep ball to left-center field that bounced off the top of the fence, as Rosfjord scored on the double. Jadynn Moore singled up the middle to score Dunlavy. Moore stole second base and then third with the catcher's throw going awry at third base, allowing Moore to score and give ELC a 3-0 lead.

ELC looked to score one more run as Lena McCoy singled, stole second and then tried to score on a hit by Jaydan Nitchals, but McCoy was thrown out at the plate.

ELC added another run in the sixth inning as McCoy drew a leadoff walk, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and then scored on a passed ball.

Storm Lake rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but ELC added an insurance run in the top of the seventh.

With one out, Rosfjord hit a triple and then Dunlavy hit a deep fly ball to left field, with Rosfjord scoring on the sacrifice fly.

Dunlavy finished 1-3 with a double two RBIs, Moore was 1-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases, Rosfjord was 1-3 with a triple, McCoy was 1-3 with two stolen bases, Jordyn Moore was 1-3 with a stolen base and Nitchals and Kendyl Ruschy each were 1-3.

"Defensively, we played well," said coach Anderson. "We had one error on the night."

Dunlavy pitched 6 2/3 innings. She gave up three runs on eight hits, with eight strikeouts and five walks. Gabrielle Paul came in for relief in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and got the final batter to ground out to end the game."

Prior to Friday's trip to the Spencer Tournament, the Midgets learned they had been ranked 15th in Class 3A in Thursday's new poll by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

The Midgets opened up the tournament against Newell-Fonda, ranked second in Class 1A.

ELC trailed 3-2 entering the seventh inning, but Newell-Fonda put up seven runs in the top of the inning and held on for the 10-2 victory.

The Mustangs scored two runs in the top of the first with ELC finally tying the game in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, Kendyl Ruschy singled and Jordyn Stokes came in as a courtesy runner. Jordyn Moore hit a triple to deep centerfield to score Stokes. Moore then scored on a wild pitch.

"We only had three hits as we struggled to make solid contact," said coach Anderson.

At the plate, Ruschy, Amara Heinrichs and Jordyn Moore each were 1-3.

Defensively, ELC played well through six innings. The top of the seventh, Newell- Fonda scored seven runs on four hits with ELC committing two errors and giving up three walks.

"Newell-Fonda started hitting the ball, and we gave up some walks and made some errors to let the game get out of hand," said Anderson. "Offensively, we struggled on making solid contact with the ball. We had a lot of easy pop ups which made playing defense easy."

If nothing changes over the next two weeks, ELC (5-3 overall, 4-1 in the Lakes Conference) will wrap up its final three games of the season with a home game against Lake Mills on Thursday, July 9 followed by an away game against Cherokee on Friday, July 10 and then hosting Humboldt on July 13 before postseason play begins.



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