Emmetsburg's Lady E-Hawks closed out a busy week of games Thursday night with a sweep over Storm Lake in a doubleheader that came one night after handing Estherville Lincoln Central a 5-1 defeat. The wins give Emmetsburg an 8-5 mark in the Lakes Conference and 17-10 mark overall as they prepare to enter post-season play tonight (Tuesday) at home against Pocahontas Area.
Wednesday night Emmetsburg and Estherville Lincoln Central would trade jabs like prizefighters through the first two innings, as ELC?went down in order in their first two at-bats, while Emmetsburg left two baserunners waiting in the bottom of the first and went down in order in the second.
The Midgets went down in order in the top of the third, and the Lady E-Hawks led off with a strikeout in their half of the inning. But Alexa Naig would uncork a double to the fence and came around to score off an RBI?single from Tegan Olson with two outs. Olson would come around to scored off an RBI?from Michaela Rehm, who worked her way around to score after an error on Ashton Connelly's at-bat, but courtesy runners Bailey Naig and Natalie Kliegl would be left waiting on base when the Lady E-Hawks were retired to end the inning.
Trailing 3-0 in the fourth, ELC got their first hit of the game, but left their runner waiting at third when pitcher Ashton Connelly tallied two strikeouts to end the opportunity. Emmetsburg would come up and got a leadoff single from Hali Noll and Ashley Overberg got on base off an error. With one out, Sarah Simington tapped out an RBI single to score Noll and Overberg came home off an RBI sacrifice from Tegan Olson, but Simington was left waiting to end the inning with a 5-0 lead.
ELC would go down in order in the fifth and Emmetsburg would leave Kate Jackson waiting after a base hit.
The Midgets got a solo home run with two outs in the top of the sixth but no more, while Emmetsburg loaded the bases off singles from Sarah Simington and Tegan Olson and a walk of Michaela Rehm, but all three were left looking for a way home when the at-bat ended.
In the top of the seventh, ELC got a runner on base off a walk after fouling off eight pitches on a full count, but the effort went for naught as Emmetsburg would get the outs to win the game.
Ashton Connelly got the win in seven innings of work, giving up the lone earned run off two hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
Emmetsburg got three hits from Sarah Simington and Tegan Olson, while Alexa Naig added a double. Michaela Rehm, Kate Jackson and Hali Noll all added hits to the effort.
Thursday night, Emmetsburg hosted Storm Lake for a doubleheader to make up a rainout. The Lady E-Hawks took the first game by an 11-1 tally in five innings.
Playing as the visitors in the first game, Emmetsburg stranded Tegan Olson in the first, but retired Storm lake in order. In the second, Emmetsburg got runs from Ashton Connelly, Bailee Garrelts and Ashley Overberg off a double, a triple and two singles from the Emmetsburg bats.
Storm Lake would go down in order again and in the top of the third, the Lady E-Hawks tacked on three more runs from Michaela Rehm, Ashton Connelly and Kate Jackson, using a double, a walk and a base hit along with an error to bring the runs home for a 6-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, the Tornadoes got a run after a walk and a sacrifice, but could do no more to trail 6-1 to start the fourth inning.
Emmetsburg broke the game open in the top of the fourth with five runs, as Sarah Simington, Allison Freeman, Bailey Naig, Jenna Chapman and Hali Noll all crossed the plate off a double and three singles, along with a walk and a sacrifice.
Storm Lake would go down in order in the bottom of the fourth and in the top of the fifth, Emmetsburg left Sarah Simington waiting after drawing a walk, but the Lady E-Hawk defense gave up a single, only to leave the Storm Lake baserunner waiting as the game ended on the 10-run rule.
Ashton Connelly pitched three innings, giving up one run off one walk and a strikeout. Hali Noll got the save with two innings of work allowing one hit with one strikeout.
Ashley Overberg had a triple and single, while Tegan Olson had a double and single , while Michaela Rehm and Ashton Connelly both had doubles, while Sarah Simington had two singles and Alexa Naig, Bailee Garrelts and Kate Jackson all had hits.
For the nightcap of the doubleheader, Emmetsburg was the home team and earned a 13-2 win in six innings over the Tornadoes.
Hali Noll took the start in the circle for the Lady E-Hawks, as Storm Lake would come out of the gate with a double, single and a walk to score a run in the top of the first before being retired.
Emmetsburg would answer in their half of the inning, as Alexa Naig led off with a single and came around to score off a single from Sarah Simington before Teagan Olson drew a walk, but Olson would be stranded when Simington was thrown out and two fly balls ended the first inning.
The Tornadoes would push a second run over the plate in the top of the second off an error and a double, but Emmetsburg would go scoreless in their half of the inning to trail 2-1 as the third inning started.
Storm Lake would get a base hit but left their runner stranded. Emmetsburg would come up in the bottom of the third and quickly regained control of the contest.
Ashley Overberg led off with a single and Alexa Naig got on base off a dropped third strike. Overberg would race home on a passed ball and a walk of Sarah Simington would see the duo advance after a sacrifice fly by Tegan Olson. A fielders' choice on Michaela Rehm allowed Naig to score her run, and Simington came home on Ashton Connelly's sacrifice to put Emmetsburg up 5-2 as the fourth inning started.
The two clubs traded outs in the fourth frame, and in the top of the fifth, Storm Lake would get a walk, only to leave the runner stranded.
Emmetsburg came up and got a lead off double from Alexa Naig. After a quick fly ball out, an error but Tegan Olson on base as Naig came home for the score. A second error put Michaela Rehm on base but with two out, a fielders' choice on Bailee Garrelts' at-bat put Olson out at home to end the inning.
Now trailing 6-2 to start the sixth inning, Storm Lake was struck out in order by Ashton Connelly, who relieved Noll to start the fifth inning.
Emmetsburg came up and ran the table as 10 batters came to the plate in the bottom of the sixth, scoring seven runs in all. Kate Jackson led off with a double and was followed by Hali Noll who got on base off an error. A fielders' choice put Ashley Overberg on base and allowed Jackson to score her run off a passed ball. Alexa Naig drew a walk, before Sarah Simington hit a line drive to short for the first out.
Tegan Olson hit an RBI?single to score Noll before a base hit from Michaela Rehm scored Overberg and Naig, but Olson was thrown out at third for the second out. With two away, Ashton Connelly rapped out a base hit and was followed on base by Bailee Garrelts on a fielders's choice that allowed Rehm to score.
Starting through the order a second time, Kate Jackson got on base off a dropped ball by the first baseman that was booted and by the time the ball was recovered, both courtesy runners Bailey Naig and Natalie Klingel had raced home to end the game by the 10-run rule.
Hali Noll pitched four innings, giving up two runs off four hits, with one walk and three strikeouts. Ashton Connelly pitched the final two innings for the save, giving up one walk and five strikeouts.
For Emmetsburg, Alexa Naig had a double and single, while Kate Jackson and Tegan Olson both had doubles. Ashton Connelly had two singles, while Sarah Simington, Michaela Rehm and Ashley Overberg all had base hits.