Tuesday's game between Emmetsburg and the Spencer Tigers turned into a slugfest for the visiting Tigers as the Lady E-Hawks would drop an 8-4 decision. The loss drops Emmetsburg to a mark of 5-6 overall and 1-5 in the Lakes Conference.
Spencer would jump out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, using four hits and a pair of walks to do the damage,
Emmetsburg would answer with a run off back-to-back doubles by Sarah Simington and Tegan Olson to make the score 3-1.
MAKE?CONTACT - Lady E-Hawk Bailee Garrelts fouls off a pitch during an appearance at the plate Tuesday night against Spencer. Emmetsburg would fall in an 8-4 decision to the Tigers. -- Dan Voigt photo
The Tigers were retired in order in the top of the second, and the Lady E-Hawks got a run in their half of the inning when Bailee Garrelts walked. Courtesy runner Natalie Kliegl would come around to score off an RBI single by Ashley Overberg to cut the score to 3-2.
Spencer would get two hits in the third, but left a runner stranded after a put out. Emmetsburg would also leave a runner waiting in the third to close the inning.
The Tigers stranded a runner in the fourth after a single but the Lady E-Hawks were retired in order.
Spencer would get a run in the fifth off a single and triple before being retired for a 4-2 lead, but Emmetsburg tied the game up when Hali Noll got on off an error and scored off a singe from Alexa Naig. Naig would plate her run off an RBI?single from Tegan Olson, who was stranded.
Tied a 4-4 to start the sixth, Spencer got a double but stranded the runner. The Lady E-Hawks would put Kate Jackson on base off an error but left her waiting.
But in the top of the seventh, the Tigers ran wild. Three singles and a double would allow four runs to come across the plate, giving Spencer an 8-4 lead.
Emmetsburg had a daunting challenge as they came up to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning. After a quick out, Alexa Naig came up and belted a double to give Emmetsburg a shot of confidence. An error at first base would put Sarah Simington on base on the next at-bat, but Tegan Olson would hit a one-hopper to third base. The third baseman stepped on the base to force Alexa Naig for the second out, and then threw to first to beat Olson for the double play out to end the game.
Ashton Connelly took the loss, giving up eight runs, seven earned, off 14 hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.
Emmetsburg would get a double and single from both Alexa Naig and Tegan Olson, while Sarah Simington added a double. Ashley Overberg would add a base hit to the effort.
Emmetsburg will play in the Fort Dodge Tournament this Friday and Saturday.