Lady E’Hawks Claim Pair Of Non-Conference Wins
Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks continued a rugged first week of the softball season on Wednesday with a pair of non-conference wins on Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, the Lady E’Hawks pounded West Hancock in an 11-1 decision and on Thursday night Emmetsburg fought hard to take a 1-0 victory over the Eagles of North Sentral Kossuth Thursday.
The wins improve Emmetsburg’s season mark to 3-1 on the season.
In Wednesday night’s contest, Emmetsburg took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after pitcher Maddison Woodruff’s courtesy runner, Hillary Pico, crossed the plate. Woodruff would go to work and strike out the Eagles in the second and give up a hit and walk in the third, but Emmetsburg would tack on a run in their half of the inning for a 2-0 advantage after three complete innings.
West Hancock got a walk in the top of the fourth, but Emmetsburg erupted for three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-0 lead. The visitors would push a run over the plate in the top of the fifth inning, but Emmetsburg answered in the bottom of the frame when Alex Lock belted a solo homer for the Lady E’Hawks.
West Hancock went down in order in the top of the sixth and Emmetsburg came alive again, pushing five runs over the plate to end the contest via the 10-run rule with the 11-1 decision.
Maddison Woodruff got the win, allowing just one run off one hit, while issuing two walks and striking out 12 batters.
For Emmetsburg, Alex Lock had a home run, and a pair of singles, while Jenny Hoch had three singles. Nichole Hasbrouck and Janna Hoch both had two hits, while Kendall Corley added a double. Maddison Woodruff, Morgan Vlasman and Caitlin Wise all added singles to the winning effort.
On Thursday, the campaign continued with North Sentral Kossuth coming to town for a defensive battle.
The two teams traded outs in the first inning, but the Eagles got a big double in the second inning, only to have Emmetsburg hurler Maddison Woodruff shut down the threat through strikeouts. As Emmetsburg came up to bat in the bottom of the second inning, Alex Lock led off with a booming double to the left field fence. Lock was replaced on base by courtesy runner Nicole Leuer, who scored around the bases off an RBI single from Janna Hoch, the Lady E’Hawks’ designated hitter. With a 1-0 lead, the Lady E’Hawks would be retired in order after that, leaving Hoch stranded at second when the inning ended.
Emmetsburg hurler Maddison Woodruff retired the Eagles in order in the third, while Emmetsburg got Jenny Hoch and Woodruff on base off errors but couldn’t bring them home. NSK got a single in the fourth after putting the leadoff batter on base off an error, but a rocket throw on a steal attempt from Alex Lock to Nichole Hasbrouck, covering second, killed NSK’s hopes of a rally and helped end the at-bat.
Emmetsburg would go down in order in the bottom of the fourth, and NSK would get a base hit before being retired. The Lady E’Hawks went down in order again in the bottom of the fifth, but the defense held firm, allowing a base hit in the top of the sixth before stopping the Eagles once again.
The Lady E’Hawks would go down in order in the bottom of the sixth and set up their defense for the top of the seventh inning.
Maddison Woodruff got the defensive support she needed in the final inning, setting up a put-out at first, then watching a Morgan Vlasman made an unassisted put out and then the final out on a relay from third baseman Jenny Hoch to end the game.
Woodruff would get the win, as she allowed four hits with no runs, no walks and racking up 10 strikeouts.
Emmetsburg got just two hits in the contest, a double by Alex Lock and an RBI single from Janna Hoch .
Emmetsburg is in action at Spencer tonight (Wednesday) and will host Pocahontas Thursday night