Estherville Lincoln Central broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the seventh inning and went on to win 6-5 Monday night in the Class 3A Region 1 title game played at Sheldon. With the win the Midgets return to the State Tournament where they finished 4th a year ago.
The Nighthawks scored first in the bottom of the second inning as CJ Vander Zwaag singled to left. Pinch runner Nicole Reinke would later score on a single to left by Carlye Polocek.
The Nighthawks went up 3-0 with a pair of runs in the third as Nicole Ewoldt singled to left. Kensey Vande Hoef followed with a bunt single. Both scored on a single by Alicia Kleinwolterink.
Estherville Lincoln Central sent eleven batters to the plate in the top of the fifth as they scored five runs to take a 5-3 lead. The big hit was a 2-run single to left of the bat of Kristin King.
Boyden Hull Rock Valley responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth that tied the score at 5-5. Back to back walks to Vande Hoef and Monserrat Figueroa opened the half inning and both would come in to score. Vande Hoef scored on an error with Figueroa coming across on a sac fly to center by Vander Zwaag.
In the top of the seventh the Midget’s Macy Dahl led off with a single up the middle and later came in to score the game winner on a fielders choice off the bat of Elizabeth Brashear.
Brashear went the distance for the win scattering 8 hits walking 3 and striking out 4. Joanna Heemstra went the first four and a third innings leaving with the scored tied at 3-3. she gave up 4 hits struck out 1 and walked 1.
With the win Estherville Lincoln Central returns to the state tournament with a 20-10 record while the Nighthawks finish the year at 22-4.
In other action Monday night the Class 3A Region 2 title went to Sergeant Bluff Luton with a 5-2 win over OA-BCIG.
In Class 2A Region 1 Lawton Bronson got by Western Christian 2-1.
The Class 1A Region 1 title went to Akron Westfield with an 11-3 win over Charter Oak Ute.
The Class 1A Region 2 title was claimed by Remsen St Mary’s with a 9-3 win over Algona Garrigan as the War Eagle Conference will send two teams to the 1A tournament.
The Iowa State Softball Tournament opens next week in Fort Dodge.