For five and a half innings Tuesday night, Emmetsburg's Lady E-Hawks looked like their post-season run would be very, very brief. Trailing 7-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Emmetsburg used a pitching change by Pocahontas Area to roll to a 13-7 victory over the Indians in the first round of Class 2A Regional tournament play.
For the first three innings of the game, the two ballclubs battled defensively, as the Indians got a hit in the first inning and stranded the runner, while Emmetsburg got three runners on base off being hit by pitches and a fielders' choice, but left two stranded.
PAC?would get a hit in the second and stranded the runner again, while Emmetsburg went down in order. The Indians would get a hit in the third and walk, but again left two runners waiting, while Emmetsburg got three walks to load the sacks, only to leave their trio stranded to start the fourth inning.
FLIP?TO?FIRST - Emmetsburg second baseman Sarah Simington picks up the one-hopper of PAC’s Grace Meyer and flips it to first baseman Jenna Chapman at first base for the putout. Emmetsburg rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning after trailing 7-0 to take a 13-7 win over PAC in the contest. -- Dan Voigt photo
The Indians got a leadoff single in the fourth, but a double error would be followed by a walk and a passed ball that would eventually score two runs off a fielders' choice. A second error in the inning brought a third run over the plate before PAC was retired.
Emmetsburg would get their first hit of the game in the fourth from Bailee Garrelts, who was followed by a walk of Kate Jackson and a fielders' choice on Hali Noll's at-bat that put Bailey Naig out at third to leave two runners waiting to end the fourth inning.
In the top of the fifth, the Indians would get another single, but left a runner waiting as Emmetsburg tried to shut down the attack. But offensively, the Lady E-Hawks went nowhere, going down in order.
The top of the sixth saw PAC lead off with a single and then get a walk, a fielders choice and a three-run triple that gave them a 6-0 lead before a sacrifice scored the seventh run when the at-bat ended.
Something needed to happen for the Lady E-Hawks in a hurry, trailing 7-0 and the something came in pitching by PAC. Starter Jocelyn Johnson walked the bases full, with Ashton Connelly, Bailee Garrelts and Kate Jackson all standing on a sack.
A pitching change brought eighth grader Jill Vonnahme to the circle, but she gave up two walks to Hali Noll and Ashley Overberg before Alexa Naig singled to score Kate Jackson. A single from Sarah Simington scored Hali Noll and Ashley Overberg before a single from Tegan Olson scored Alexa Naig.
Michaela Rehm singled to score Simington as Emmetsburg had batted through the order. Ashton Connelly would be put out on a line shot to third for the first out, but a walk of Bailee Garrelts scored Tegan Olson and a fielders' choice play on Kate Jackson's at-bat brought Michaela Rehm over the plate.
Hali Noll would draw a walk and Ashley Overberg was walked, to score courtesy runner Baily Naig before a wile pitch allowed Kate Jackson to score her run.
Another pitching change took place, with Courtney Graffundel coming to the circle. Alexa Naig would fly out to second for the second out of the at-bat, but Sarah Simington rapped out a single that scored Hali Noll and Ashley Overberg before a fly ball to left for Tegan Olson ended the inning with the 13-run outburst and total swing of momentum.
Pocahontas Areas would quickly go down in order in the top of the seventh to end the game in the wild, come-from-behind rally for Emmetsburg.
Ashton Connelly got the win, going seven innings and surrendering seven runs, four earned, off four hits, with four walks and six strikeouts.
Emmetsburg would ge two hits from Sarah Simington, while Alexa Naig, Tegan Olson, Michaela Rehm and Bailee Garrelts tallied the other four hits in the winning effort.