STORM?LAKE - It was a productive day on Saturday for Emmetsburg's Lady E-Hawks. After a tough loss at Spencer the night before, the Lady E-Hawks journeyed to Storm Lake for tournament play and took a pair of wins over Manson Northwest Webster and Denison-Schleswig.
Against Manson Northwest Webster, Emmetsburg erupted for 18 hits in a 15-0 decision after three innings.
The Lady E-Hawks opened on defense against the Cougars with three quick outs and came up to bat.
Aly Berven would single and was followed by Kaity Degen with a base rap and Berven would score off a passed ball. Faith Schmidt belted out a double to score Degen, and Teegan Olson would get on base off an error. Miranda Vlasman followed with a single that allowed Schmidt to score her run.
Jacque Carlson would hit a fly ball for the first out, but Michaela Rehm singled to score Olson before Ashton Connelly singled to load the sacks. Kendall Deitering would single to score Rehm and Vlasman as Aly Berven came up again and singled, allowing Connelly to plate her run.
Kaity Degen belted out a double to score Deitering and Berven and Degen would score off a single from Schmidt. Teegan Olson would ground out for the second out, but Miranda Vlasman hit a single to score Schmidt for a 11-0 lead with two away. Jacque Carlson would hit a single and a single from Rehm would allow Vlasman to score off a throwing error before the inning ended with the Lady E-Hawks holding a 12-0 lead.
The Cougars were set down in order again by Faith Schmidt and Emmetsburg would come up to bat again. Kendall Deitering got on base off an error and Aly Berven duplicated the effort.
Kaity Degen got on off a fielders' choice that forced Deitering out at third, but Faith Schmidt hit an infield fly for the second out.
Pinch hitter Hannah VanOosbree reached on an error and a single by Hannah Bird brought Berven home and Degen scored off a throw for a 14-0 lead.
Whitney Kibbie would single to score VanOosbree, but was left waiting when Katie Ruiz struck out.
Ashton Connelly took over the duties in the circle and gave up three singles to load the sacks, but threw three strike outs to end the contest by the 15-run rule.
Schmidt pitched two innings and faced six batters, striking out three, while Connelly went one frame and struck out three and allowed three hits.
For Emmetsburg, Degen and Schmidt both had doubles and two singles, while Vlasman, Berven, Carlson and Rehm all had two hits. Ashton Connelly, Deitering, Bird and Kibbie all added singles to the effort.
Against Denison-Schleswig, Emmetsburg earned a 6-2 win. The Monarchs got a single in the first but nothing more and the Lady E-Hawks came up to bat. A leadoff single by Berven was followed by a walk from Degen and a base hit from Schmidt that scored Berven before Emmetsburg was retired with Schmidt and Miranda Vlasman waiting on base.
The Monarchs got a double and single in the top of the second but couldn't make anything of them as the at-bat ended. A single from Berven went for naught in the bottom of the second for the Lady E-Hawks to leave the score at 1-0.
Denison-Schleswig would leave two runners on base in the top of the third after a walk and a single but the Emmetsburg defense held firm. But, the Lady E-Hawks would go down in order in their half of the third.
The Monarchs would strand a runner in the fourth after a walk, but in the bottom of the fourth, Emmetsburg broke the game open. Miranda Vlasman led off with a double and was followed by Jacque Carlson's single. Vlasman came home off a fielders' choice on Michaela Rehm's at-bat, and Pinch runner Kendall Deitering would score off a single from Kibbie.
Alexa Rehm got on off a sacrifice bunt that scored Rehm, and pinch runner Katie Ruiz would score with two outs after Faith Schmidt singled before courtesy runner Alexa Naig came around to score off a single from Teegan Olson before the inning ended for a 6-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, the Monarchs would plate two runs after a single, walk and a double to cut the deficit to 6-2. Emmetsburg would get a single from Kibbie but left her waiting when the inning ended. The Monarchs would go down in order in the top of the sixth, but in the bottom of the frame, Emmetsburg left the sacks loaded before being retired.
The Lady E-Hawk defense would give up a pair of singles in the top of the seventh but held firm to record the win.
Faith Schmidt went the distance, giving up two runs, both earned, off eight hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
Miranda Vlasman had a double for Emmetsburg while Aly Berven had three hits, Faith Schmidt and Whitney Kibbie both had two hits, while Kaity Degen, Teegan Olson, Jacque Carlson and Alexa Naig all added hits to the effort.