FOREST?CITY - There was plenty to celebrate in Emmetsburg's season-opening softball game on Tuesday at Forest City.
Firstly, the Lady E-Hawks earned a 13-6 win over their hosts and secondly, Emmetsburg Coach Travis Birkey received his 200th victory as a coach in the contest.
The game opened with Alexa Naig drawing a bunt single and the Lady E-hawks took off from there. Michaela Rehm would step up soon afterwards and deliver a two-RBI?single that would help give Emmetsburg a 4-0 lead, but Forest City scored a run in the bottom of the inning.
Both teams would strand a runner in the second, but in the third frame, Emmetsburg's Tegan Olson led off with a booming triple and would score off a passed ball for a 5-1 score, but in the bottom of the inning, Forest City answered with four runs of their own to tie the game at 5-5.
When it looked like the Lady E-Hawks might be in for a real battle as the fourth inning began, a big hit would turn the tide. Emmetsburg would overwhelm Forest City's defense, using a three-run double from Michaela Rehm to spark a six-run offensive burst.
The two teams traded outs in the fifth inning and in the top of the sixth frame, Emmetsburg tacked on a pair of insurance runs off Kate Jackson's two-run triple. Forest City would get a final run in the bottom of the sixth for a 13-6 score, which would hold for the final.
For Emmetsburg, Ashton Connelly took the win in the circle, going all seven innings and striking out eight while giving up six runs, five of which were earned, along with two walks.
The Lady E-Hawks got big hits from Michaela Rehm, who went 2-4 with a double and five RBI's, while Kate Jackson was 2-2 with five RBI's. Tegan Olson was 2-2 with a single and triple, while Alexa Naig was 2-5 with a stolen base and Ashton Connelly was 2-3 at the plate.
In the Junior Varsity contest Tuesday, Emmetsburg claimed a 4-2 victory over Forest City's reserves.
Emmetsburg continued their season on Wednesday hosting Pocahontas Area and then ends the first week of the season Thursday night when they entertain North Union. JV action starts at 5:30 with the varsity game to follow.