Lady E’Hawks Finish Week At Storm Lake Tourney
After losing a player to a frightening injury on Friday night, Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks ended a tough week with a solid performance at the Storm Lake Tournament on Saturday and a second place finish in the event.
It was a long week for the Lady E’Hawks, who won a game at Sheldon on Tuesday, but lost a pair of conference matchups to Spencer and Storm Lake on Wednesday and Friday nights.
In Tuesday’s conference opener, Emmetsburg claimed an 11-1 win in six innings.
Maddison Woodruff got the win, allowing just one run off five hits while striking out nine batters in the contest.
Emmetsburg would plate a pair of runs in the second inning and a run in the third, but Sheldon would score their only run in the bottom of the third to trail 3-1. From there on, the game belonged to the Lady E’Hawks.
A run in the fourth was followed up by three runs in the fifth inning and then five runs in the top of the sixth to put the game on ice.
Nichole Hasbrouck would lead Emmetsburg with an inside the park home run and Alex Lock added a homer, while Jenny hoch had a triple and two base hits. Janna Hoch had a triple and double, while Caitlin Wise added a double. Kendall Corley had two base hits, while Frankie schmidt and Maddison Woodruff both added singles.
On Wednesday night, Emmetsburg ran afoul of the streaking Spencer Tigers, losing a 7-1 decision to go to 2-1 in league play. Kendall Corley would get to second base for the Lady E’Hawks in the first, but would be left waiting for a way home.
Spencer would take a 1-0 lead at the end of the inning as Emmetsburg would strand Morgan Vlasman in the second inning.
The Tigers plated four runs in the bottom of the second inning for a 5-0 lead as Emmetsburg went down in order in the third, but returned the favor to the Tigers. In the top of the fourth, Maddison Woodruff led off with a double and came around to score off a base hit by Nichole Hasbrouck, but Hasbrouck was left stranded when the at-bat ended.
After holding Spencer in the bottom of the fourth, Emmetsburg went down in order in the fifth and spencer tacked on two more runs. Emmetsburg would be retired in order in the final two at-bats as Spencer held on for the 7-1 win.
Maddison Woodruff took the loss, giving up four hits while striking out seven and walking four Tigers.
The Lady E’Hawks got base hits from Kendall Corley, Nichole Hasbrouck Janna Hoch and Morgan Vlasman, while Maddison Woodruff had a double in the loss.
Friday would be a test to the Lady E’Hawks, as a tight contest with Storm Lake turned scary in the sixth inning. After the two teams traded outs in the first two innings, Emmetsburg would take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when an error put Morgan Vlasman on base. Vlasman would come around the bases off a pair of sacrifices by Frankie Schmidt and Jenny hoch before a single by Kendall Corley scored the run.
After being denied in the fourth, Emmetsburg suffered a similar fate to end the fourth. Storm Lake would threaten in the fifth, but again, Emmetsburg’s defense stepped up and made the stop.
Jenny Hoch would get on base in the fifth inning off a single, but as she headed for second, she collided with shortstop Nicole Martin at second and fell motionless to the ground. The Emmetsburg third baseman lay still and silent on the ground, and after regaining her senses, began complaining of neck pain. Coach Jeny Garst and the game officials summoned an ambulance to transport the injured player from the field to the Palo Alto County Hospital for evaluation. Hoch was released later in the evening after the frightening collision, very sore and bruised from the impact.
After the delay to attend to the injured Hoch, the Lady E’Hawks seemed to lose a bit of their composure. Storm Lake would tie the game in the sixth and Emmetsburg went down in order in the bottom of the sixth. The Tornadoes would strand two runners in the seventh, and Emmetsburg went down in order to send the game to extra innings.
Storm Lake would plate two runs in the top of the eighth and Emmetsburg would leave Kendall Corley at second to fall in the heartbreaking loss.
Maddison Woodruff was charged with the loss, giving up two hits for the three runs, but striking out 11 batters with just two walks.
Emmetsburg’s lone hits in the game came from Jenny Hoch and Kendall Corley, who both had singles.
Smarting from the injury to their third baseman and the loss to Storm Lake, the Lady E’Hawks would travel to Storm Lake on Saturday for the Tornado Tournament.
Meeting Manson Northwest Webster in the first game, Emmetsburg worked out some of their defensive frustration from the night before. After being Stranded in the top of the first, Maddison Woodruff gained some revenge of her own, striking out the Cougars in order in the bottom of the first.
Emmetsburg would score a run in the second, and then add runs in the second, third , fourth and fifth innings, as Woodruff was working the strike zone and getting defensive support to retire Manson Northwest Webster in order in the first five innings.
Emmetsburg went down in order in the sixth as the Cougars plated a run to avoid the goose egg, but Emmetsburg added a little insurance in the seventh for the 5-1 win.
Woodruff struck out 13 in the win, giving up one run off two hits. For Emmetsburg Alex Lock had the hot bat with three singles, while Caitlin Wise, Morgan Vlasman, Janna hoch, Nicole Hasbrouck, Kendall Corley and Maddison Woodruff all had base hits.
The win set up a rematch with Storm Lake in the tournament final on Saturday afternoon, but the outcome would be much the same as the night before, with Emmetsburg on the losing side of the scoreboard.
The Lady E’Hawks and Storm Lake traded outs in the first inning. Emmetsburg left Morgan Vlasman stranded in the top of the second, but the Tornadoes pushed a run over the plate in their half of the inning for a 1-0 lead.
The third inning was an exchange of outs in a pitcher’s duel between Maddison Woodruff and Katie Bloom, but in the top of the fourth, Alex Lock touched the Storm Lake hurler for a double. Nichole Hasbrouck came up and duplicated the effort, scoring Lock, but ended up stranded herself to tie the contest up at 1-1.
After Storm Lake went down in order in the bottom of the fourth, Emmetsburg was retired in order in the fifth inning. The Tornadoes suffered a similar fate in the fifth, but Emmetsburg managed to put Kendall Corley on base in the top of the sixth off an error. Corley moved to second , but was stranded when the Lady E’Hawks were retired.
Storm Lake came up in the bottom of the sixth and came up with three straight singles and a fielders’ choice before a fourth single would allow two runs to cross the plate for a 3-1 lead.
With one final opportunity to tie the score or possibly win, Emmetsburg led off the seventh with a triple by Janna Hoch. As Morgan Vlasman was being put out at first, Hoch broke for home, but was thrown out at the plate for the second out. An infield pop fly by Caitlin Wise would end the game with the 3-1 loss for Emmetsburg.
Maddison Woodruff would shoulder the loss, allowing six hits for the three runs, while striking out five batters. Emmetsburg”s hitting came from Janna Hoch’s triple, along with the doubles by Alex Lock and Nichole Hasbrouck and a single from Maddison Woodruff.
Emmetsburg travel to Estherville tonight (Tuesday) for a Conference matchup. As the game will be played at the Iowa Lakes diamond on South 18th Street and there are no lights on the field, the Varsity game will start at 4:45 p.m., to be followed by the JV gam.