Lady E-Hawks On To State!
The ball sailed high in the air as Emmetsburg second baseman Whitney Kibbie raised her glove to the sky.
One could hear the crowd draw its collective breath as the ball fell towards Kibbie. The junior reached out, stumbled slightly and cradled the orb in her glove as cheers erupted and players celebrated to signal Emmetsburg’s return to the Girls State Softball Tournament.
The game-ending pop fly catch gave Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks a 3-1 victory over upstart Lake Mills Monday night in the Class 2A Regional Final game at Algona.
With the win, Emmetsburg returns to Fort Dodge on Monday, July 16, for a 3:30 p.m. matchup with Des Moines Christian in the Class 2A portion of the State Softball Tournament at Harlan Rogers Park. It is the first time Emmetsburg has returned to the State Tournament since a runner-up finish in 2009.
A complete account of Monday’s thrilling regional final will appear in Thursday’s issue of The Democrat.