An outburst of eight runs in the fourth inning would catapult Emmetsburg to an 11-6 win over Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer in softball action Tuesday night. The win improves the Lady E-Hawks to 3-2 as they prepared to open Lakes Conference play on Wednesday against Spirit Lake.
In Tuesday's game, Ashton Connelly got the start in the circle and got good defensive support from her teammates in the first inning before the Lady E-Hawks were retired in order. A lone hit was surrendered to the Maidens in the second but no more. Emmetsburg would get Miranda Vlasman on base off an error, and her courtesy runner, Kendall Deitering, would work around the diamond to plate a run off a base rap from Jacque Carlson to give Emmetsburg a 1-0 lead to end the inning.
PAC/PP would answer in the top of the third, getting a to hits and a walk along with a batter hit by a pitch, and were able to score one run before Faith Schmidt came in to relieve Connelly. One more run would score before the at-bat ended giving the Maidens a 2-1 advantage.
Center fielder Michaela Rehm belted out a pair of doubles in Tuesday’s win for the Lady E-Hawks. Emmetsburg had seven hits in the fourth inning and plated eight runs in their 11-6 win over Pochontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer. --Dan Voigt photo
The Lady E-Hawks answered in-kind as Alexa Naig and Kaity Degen both got singles and scored as Faith Schmidt, Teegan Olson and Miranda Vlasman all rapped out singles before the inning ended with a 3-2 Lady E-Hawk lead.
Schmidt would strike out the Maidens in order in the top of the fourth and in the bottom of the frame, Emmetsburg went to work. Michaela Rehm led off with a double to open the floodgates, as back-to-back throwing errors by the third baseman put both Whitney Kibbie and Alexa Naig on base and allowed Rehm to score.
Aly Berven rapped out a base hit to score Kibbie and Kaity Degen was walked. A single by Faith Schmidt allowed Naig and Berven to score their runs before Tegan Olson was put out for the first out. Miranda Vlasman rapped out a single to score Degen and a base hit by Jacque Carlson scored courtesy runner Emily Bonnstetter.
Michaela Rehm stepped back up to the plate and pounded out a single that scored courtesy runner Kendall Deitering and a double by Whitney Kibbie would bring pinch runner Katie Ruiz over the plate before Naig struck out and Berven flew out to end the inning, but the dam had burst for an 11-2 lead.
Ashton Connelly returned to the circle to start the fifth inning and PAC/PP?went down in order, but the Lady E-Hawks suffered a similar fate in the bottom of the fifth. Emmetsburg sat the Maidens down in the top of the sixth and got a base hit from Jacque Carlson and another double from Michaela Rehm, but the duo were stranded when the inning ended.
In the top of the seventh, The Maidens used an error and four singles to score four runs before the defense made the plays, but a full-speed running catch by Rehm in center field ended the ballgame in the 11-6 win for Emmetsburg.
Ashton Connelly would end up pitching 5 and a third innings, facing 26 batters and surrendering six runs, four earned, off seven hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Faith Schmidt worked one and two-thirds innings, striking out four batters and walking one of the six batters she faced.
Michaela Rehm had two doubles and a single, while Jacque Carlson had three hits. Faith Schmidt and Miranda Vlasman both had two hits and Whitney Kibbie had a double. Aly Berven, Kaity Degen, Teegan Olson and Alexa Naig all added a base hit each.
Emmetsburg travels to Peterson tonight (Thursday)?to take on Sioux Center and then plays at Spencer on Friday night.