Hinton falls to No. 2 Estherville-Lincoln Central in substate final
SIOUX CENTER — The Hinton baseball team fell a win short of the state tournament as they dropped their Class 2A substate final contest to No. 2 ranked Estherville-Lincoln Central on Tuesday by a 6-1 final score.
The Midgets got on the board in the bottom of the third. A ball which was thrown past catcher Dylan Hartman, who threw out three E-LC runners trying to steal in the game, led to the first run coming home. A single flared just over the second baseman by Owen Larson made it 2-0 in favor of the Midgets.
E-LC scored three runs with two outs the next inning as they filled up the bases. Larson drove in two with a base hit up the middle and a steal of home increased the lead to 5-0.
Ryan Schiltz drove in the last E-LC run with a triple in the sixth inning.
Hinton loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh. Gavin Nelson drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Blackhawks their first run of the game.
Easton Stusse stepped up to the plate to try to continue the rally, but ended up popping up to end the game with the bases left loaded. Stusse had one of the team’s most successful nights at the plate prior to the game-ending out as he reached with a single and a walk. Ty Ridgway had the other hit for the Blackhawks.
Larson earned the win on the mound for the Midgets. He went 6 2/3 innings giving up a run. He finished with nine strikeouts. Landon Vaske came on in relief and, after giving up a walk and hitting a batter, got the final out of the game on the pop up.
Nelson pitched 6 2/3 innings for Hinton as he gave up six runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks. Nelson ended with seven strikeouts. Beau Cook recorded the other out for Hinton on the mound after Nelson left the game with 109 pitches thrown.
Estherville-Lincoln Central (31-2) earns the No. 2 seed in the Class 2A state tournament. They will open against No. 7 seed Interstate 35 (24-6) in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round game.
Hinton finishes the season with a record of 19-8. The team graduates eight seniors from this year’s team. The seniors are Gavin Nelson, Ethan Crissy, Dylan DeVries, Jarrett Kirwan, Easton Stusse, Owen Eli, Ty Ridgway and Brody Spies.