Bulldogs maintain undefeated record
LE MARS -- The Bulldogs scrapped and fought for their seventh victory of the season Wednesday night against Spirit Lake.
With the score tied at 2-2 in the sixth inning, senior Chris Eckstaine led off the bottom half of the inning with a single. Junior first baseman bunted Eckstaine to third base and junior infielder Parker Rolfes laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Eckstaine. The Indians (5-4) committed an error on the play and Rolfes advanced to second base.
Rolfes advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a fielding error. Sophomore Colan Borchers took the mound for Le Mars Community (7-0) in the seventh inning to earn his second win of the season.
"Colan probably didn't have his best stuff tonight," Eckstaine said. "The guy just battled the entire night."
Borchers pitched seven innings and allowed six hits. Both of the Indians' runs were earned. Borchers struck out eight batters and walked three.
"Colan really threw a good game for us tonight," Eckstaine said. "He probably threw about 30 more pitches than what I wanted him to, but he wanted the ball in the last inning. We had a reliever ready to go and (Borchers) wanted it. It was probably one of his quicker innings of the night. He showed a lot of guts tonight on the mound."
Borchers closed the seventh to give the Bulldogs the 4-2 win. Le Mars committed a season-high three errors on defense.
"We've been playing pretty good ball defensively," Eckstaine said. "In high school baseball you figure you're going to have a few errors every night. We've been playing really good defense."
The Indians committed six errors in the game and connected for six hits. Spirit Lake batters also reached base three times on walks compared to just two for Le Mars.
"We stole it from them, without a doubt," Eckstaine said. "They had all of the chances in the world. They just had to get outs. They didn't and luckily for us our kids made the outs when we needed to get outs."
Spirit Lake struck first with a run in the opening inning. Le Mars led 2-1 after three innings, but the Indians leveled the score in the fourth.
Junior catcher Kendall Candor was 1-for-3 on a two-out RBI double. Eckstaine and junior left fielder Austin Sitzmann were both 1-for-3. Heffner tallied the team's only other hit.
Borchers was 0-for-2 at the plate, but walked once and scored twice.
"I'll take the win," Eckstaine said. "A win is a win."
The Bulldogs are scheduled for a pair of road games Friday and Saturday at Spencer and Glenwood, respectively.