With three road games in four nights, Emmetsburg's Lady E-Hawks collected their first Lakes Conference win of the season Wednesday night at Cherokee, but fell in contests played at LeMars on Tuesday and Estherville on Friday.
The trio of games gives Emmetsburg a 1-4 mark in the Lakes and 5-4 overall record on the season.
Tuesday evening the Lady E-Hawks were shutout by LeMars in a 9-0 contest. Emmetsburg struggled at the plate, sending 24 batters to the plate but only putting three on base off walks, as the rest were retired without a hit.
THROW?TO?FIRST?- Emmetsburg third baseman Tegan Olson throws to first for an out against Cherokee Wednesday night. Emmetsburg claimed a 7-2 win for their first conference victory of the season. -- Dan Voigt photo
LeMars was able to plate two runs in the third, including a two-run homer, and then added three runs in the fourth inning, a run in the fifth inning and three runs in the bottom of the sixth to claim the 9-0 shutout win.
Ashton Connelly was charged with the loss, giving up nine runs, six earned, off nine hits with one home run, while striking out four and walking three batters.
Wednesday night, Emmetsburg made the trip to Cherokee and earned a 7-2 win for their first league win of the season.
A quick first inning saw Ashley Overberg get on base off an error but left her stranded before the Lady E-Hawks retired the Braves in order.
In the second, Emmetsburg would get a base hit from Bailee Garrelts, but left her courtesy runner, Natalie Kliegl, waiting at second. However, Cherokee would go down in order again to end the second frame.
The Lady E-Hawks finally struck gold in the top of the third as Hali Noll pounded a double and was joined on base by Ashley Overberg, who drew a walk. A sacrifice by Alexa Naig moved both runners to scoring position and a two-RBI?single by Tegan Olson scored the duo before the Lady E-Hawks were retired with Olson waiting at second.
Cherokee got a runner on base off an error in the bottom of the third, but left her waiting at third when the next three batters were put out in order.
With a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth, Emmetsburg led off with Kate Jackson getting on board off an error. An RBI?double by Bailee Garrelts would bring Jackson over the plate as a single by Sarah Simington followed, but a line drive to the pitcher on Hali Noll's at-bat was turned into a double play as courtesy runner Natalie Kliegl was put out at third and Simington would be thrown out stealing third to end the at-bat. But Cherokee would go down in order to end the inning trailing 3-0
Ashley Overberg led off the fifth for Emmetsburg with a double and moved to third off Alexa Naig's sacrifice before Tegan Olson's sac fly brought her home. With two out, Michaela Rehm got on base off an error and was followed by Ashton Connelly who walked. An RBI?single from Kate Jackson scored Rehm and an RBI hit from Bailee Garrelts scored courtesy runner Bailey Naig. A walk of Sarah Simington loaded the sacks but a fly ball would end the at-bat.
Now trailing 6-0, Cherokee went down one out, but got a booming solo home run from Lindsay Williams to break their goose egg. A single would follow and the runner would score off a fielder's choice with tow outs before the Braves were retired.
Leading 6-2 in the top of the sixth inning, Emmetsburg would get a single from Alexa Naig, but she was left waiting when the opportunity ended. The Braves would go down in order to end the inning and in the top of the seventh, Emmetsburg would get a leadoff single from Ashton Connelly. Courtesy runner Bailey Naig would come around to score one out later off an RBI single by Bailee Garrelts before the opportunity ended.
But Cherokee could not muster any attack as they were retired in order to end the contest with the 7-2 final score.
Ashton Connelly earned the win in the circle, as she allowed two runs, both earned, off two hits, including the home run, with one walk and 10 strikeouts. Emmetsburg got a double and three singles from Bailee Garrelts for three RBI's, while Hali Noll and Ashely Overberg both came away with a double each, while Tegan Olson had a single for two RBI's and Kate Jackson added an RBI single. Sarah Simington, Ashton Connelly and Alexa Naig all added base hits to the winning effort.