Lady E’Hawks Open League
by Dan Voigt
LeMARS – Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks opened the Lakes Conference softball campaign Friday night with a 7-5 win over LeMars. The win gives Emmetsburg a 1-0 mark in the league and 4-1 overall mark
The first week of the season ended with the long road trip to LeMars, where Emmetsburg took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
After Janna Hoch got on base off an error, Morgan Vlasman belted a triple to score Hoch and then scored off a fielders’ choice on Nichole Hasbrouck’s at-bat. LeMars would push a run over the plated in their half of the inning to trail 2-1.
The Lady E’Hawks went down by two outs in the top of the third, but catcher Alex Lock stepped up to the plate and sent a shot over the fence for a solo home run and 3-1 lead.
LeMars would rally in the bottom of the inning and pushed three runs over the plate to take a 4-3 lead over Emmetsburg.
The two teams went back and fourth in the fourth inning, each stranding a runner on base during the at bats. In the top of the fifth, Emmetsburg got two runners on base off walks, but couldn’t capitalize on the gifts. LeMars would push one more run over the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 5-3 lead at the start of the sixth.
Morgan Vlasman led off with a strikeout, but Nichole Hasbrouck got on base off a shortstop’s error. A double by Caitlin Wise scored Hasbrouck and a single by Frankie Schmidt moved Hasbrouck to third before Jenny Hoch would belt a single that scored both Hasbrouck and Schmidt.
An error put Kendall Corley on base before Maddison Woodruff hit a base hit to load the sacks. With just one out, Alex Lock rapped out a base hit to score Hoch for the 7-5 advantage, but Janna Hoch hit an infield fly for the second out and Vlasman would strike out on her second at-bat of the inning.
LeMars was retired in order in their half of the inning as Emmetsburg had pulled off the rally. In the top of the seventh, the Lady E’Hawks would strand two runners , but LeMars went down to strikeouts to end the game with the win for Emmetsburg.
Maddison Woodruff got the win with 17 strikeouts, while allowing five runs off two hits.
Alex Lock had a homer and single, while Jenny Hoch had three hits. Morgan Vlasman had a triple, Caitlin Wise had a double and Woodruff, Hasbrouck and Schmidt all had base hits.