Lady E’Hawks Edged In Mistake-Spotted Game
ESTHERVILLE – In a game highlighted with a pair of mistakes, Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks lost a hard-fought 2-0 contest to Estherville Lincoln Central Tuesday night. The loss drops Coach Jeny Garst’s squad to a 6-5 overall mark on the season and 2-3 in the Lakes Conference softball standings.
The Lady E’Hawks and the Midgettes battled equally through the first two innings, with both squads playing some solid defensive softball.
Emmetsburg put Kendall Corley on base in the top of the first with a base hit, but saw her put out on a fielders’ choice of Nichole Hasbrouck’s at-bat, leaving Hasbrouck stranded when the at-bat ended.
The Midgettes suffered a similar fate to end the first inning.
Emmetsburg would go down in order in the second, and returned the favor to the Midgettes in their half of the inning.
After being retired in order in the third, the Lady E’Hawks surrendered three straight base hits, including a bunt, that allowed ELC to plate a run for a 1-0 lead.
Emmetsburg would try to rally on two outs in the top of the fourth inning, however. Janna Hoch stepped up with two outs and rapped out a single. A base hit by Maddison Woodruff moved Hoch around the bases, and when Morgan Vlasman rapped out a single, Hoch headed for home, scoring the tying run for all appearances.
However, ELC catcher Kristi Jurergens protested that Hoch hadn’t touched home and tagged the runner, erasing the score and ending Emmetsburg’s at bat with Woodruff and Vlasman on the bases.
The Midgettes, buoyed by the sharp defensive play, pushed another run over the plate in their half of the fourth, using a passed ball to score a run for a 2-0 lead.
Emmetsburg would go down in order in the fifth and traded outs with ELC. In the sixth, the Lady E’Hawks put Hasbrouck on base off a fielders choice, but left her waiting. ELC would leave two baserunners after a walk and a single when the Emmetsburg defense stood firm to end the sixth.
The Lady E’Hawks would try to mount a rally in the seventh, but three straight strikeouts ended the opportunity.
Maddison Woodruff took the loss, giving up two runs off six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Emmetsburg got two hits from Janna Hoch, while Kendall Corley, Maddison Woodruff and Morgan Vlasman all added singles to the effort.
Emmetsburg traveled to Hull to take on Western Chrisitan on Wednesday night, and then travel to Spirit Lake on Friday night.