A four-game losing streak followed Emmetsburg's Lady E-Hawks into a non-conference game with Algona on Tuesday night to compete with high humidity and temperatures to create some extra pressure on the squad.
After losing an 8-4 decision to Winterset last Friday night at the Fort Dodge Invitational Tournament, Emmetsburg was blanked in their second day of play at the tourney by Fort Dodge in a 9-0 loss and North Union in a 13-0 loss. The three losses dropped the Lady E-Hawks to 16-7 going into a Lakes Conference matchup with Spirit Lake on Monday night.
After defeating Spirit Lake 14-2 on May 30 in Emmetsburg, the Lady E-Hawks went on the road Monday night to Spirit Lake, but came up short in a disappointing 3-2 loss to the Indians. With the loss, Emmetsburg dropped to 5-4 in Lakes Conference play and 16-8 overall.
Monday's outing started with Aly Berven and Kaity Degen getting on base, only to be stranded at third and second when the side was retired. Spirit Lake would leave a runner of their own waiting at second in their half of the inning to end the first frame.
The Lady E-Hawks put Michaela Rehm on base off an error in the top of the second. The freshman moved to third, but couldn't make her way home before the side was retired in order. Again, the Indians were able to put a runner on base, this time off an error, but left her at second when the inning ended with the game still scoreless.
Emmetsburg would lead off the third with Berven getting on base off a dropped third strike. The senior moved to second and then tried for third as Faith Schmidt hit a one-hopper to the third baseman, who snagged the ball, tagged Berven coming to third and threw to put Schmidt out at first for a double play to end the at-bat.
In the bottom of the third, Spirit Lake led off drawing a four-pitch walk and followed it with a base hit before Emmetsburg's defense got an out. But on the next at-bat, Spirit Lake's Paige Krause took Faith Schmidt's first pitch over the centerfield fence for a three-run home run to give the Indians the momentum and the 3-0 lead.
Despite another pair of singles after the big hit, the Indians would leave the two runners stranded after the Emmetsburg defense made the stop, but the damage had been done.
In the top of the fourth, Miranda Vlasman led off getting on base off an error and was followed on base by Jacque Carlson's walk. An infield fly to short got Michaela Rehm and Vlasman's courtesy runner, Alexa Naig, before Carlson would be left waiting at first when the at-bat ended.
The Indians would go down in order in the bottom of the fourth to leave the score at 4-0.
In the top of the fifth, Emmetsburg got a leadoff single from Whitney Kibbie, who took second on a passed ball off Hannah VanOosbree's single and then came home to score for the Lady E-Hawks. With Kendall Deitering running for VanOosbree, Deitering would advance to second, only to be stranded when Berven, Degen and Schmidt were retired in order.
Spirit Lake would get a leadoff single, but on the next at-bat, a line shot back to Schmidt was quickly thrown to first for a double play for Emmetsburg's defense. An error would put a runner on base, but she would be left stranded at first when Schmidt induced a strikeout to end the frame.
Now trailing 3-1 to start the sixth frame, Emmetsburg got a leadoff walk for Vlasman. Emily Bonnstetter came in as a courtesy runner for the catcher, but Spirit Lake elected to change pitchers. Cara Vale left the circle to be replaced by Paige Krause at that point. A quick put out resulted before Michaela Rehm smacked a base hit deep into right field that allowed Bonnstetter to slide in safe at home plate for a run, but Rehm would be left at second base when the at-bat ended.
The Indians would go down two outs before getting a runner on a dropped fly ball, but the runner was stranded by a strikeout to end the inning.
With a final opportunity to make things happen, Emmetsburg came up to bat trailing by a run in the seventh inning. Hannah VanOosbree led off with a hard shot into left center field for a base hit, but once again, Kendall Deitering, running for the designated player, would be left waiting at second base when Berven, Degen and Schmidt were retired in order to end the game in the disappointing loss for the Lady E-Hawks.
Faith Schmidt gave up the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, off six hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in the contest.
Emmetsburg was limited to four hits, with Hannah VanOosbree getting two singles and Michaela Rehm and Whitney Kibbie adding the other singles.