Lady E’Hawks Earn Tournament Championship
It’s always nice to win your own invitational tournament, and Coach Jeny Garst’s Lady E’Hawks did just that on Saturday, defeating Southern Cal and Manson Northwest Webster. The wins give Emmetsburg a mark of 9-5 overall on the season as they jump back into the Lakes Conference schedule this week.
The Lady E’Hawks opened with a 12-0 shutout win over Southern Cal on Saturday morning. Maddison Woodruff would get the win for Emmetsburg as she struck out six Southern Cal batters with just one walk.
Emmetsburg blew the game wide open in the first inning, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Lady E’Hawks sent 14 batters to the plate in the first, and left three stranded when the inning ended.
Emmetsburg added two runs in the top of the fourth and two more in the top of the fifth to end the game by the 10-run rule and move into the title game.
Kendall Corley had three hits, while Nichole Hasbrouck, Caitlin Wise and Mollie Smith all had two hits and Janna Hoch added a base rap.
Meeting Manson Northwest Webster in the title game, Emmetsburg would come up with a 9-2 win over the Cougars to claim their tournament title.
As the visitors in the contest, the Lady E’Hawks led off the game with a run from Kendall Corley after she came home and slid under a tag with two outs.
Maddison Woodruff gave up a walk in the first but no more, but Emmetsburg went down in order in the second. The Cougars would leave a runner stranded in the second after a base hit, however. The Lady E’Hawks went down in order, though, and Manson Northwest Webster would come up with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning, using a wild pitch and passed ball to score the runs.
Emmetsburg came out motivated in the top of the fourth frame and pushed three runs over the plate to retake the lead. Alex Lock led off with a double, but was thrown out at home after Nichole Hasbrouck and Morgan Vlasman hit singles.
With two on base, Caitlin Wise stepped up and punched the ball over the left field fence for a three-run homer. The Lady E’Hawks would leave two runners on base to end the at-bat, but the lead was back in hand. Manson went down in order in the next two innings, but in the sixth, Maddison Woodruff would pound a solo homer over the fence for a 6-2 advantage for Emmetsburg.
Manson Northwest Webster couldn’t answer the run in the bottom of the sixth, as Woodruff would strike out the batters in order to set up the seventh and final inning. Emmetsburg went down two outs in the top of the seventh, but a walk started the final scoring drive, as Alex Lock’s courtesy runner, Nicole Leuer, would come home off a single by Morgan Vlasman after Nichole Hasbrouck got on base off a fielders’ choice. Hasbrouck would score off a single by Caitlin Wise and Vlasman came home off Woodruff’s single. Wise would close out the scoring when she crossed the plate off a single by Mollie Smith before the at-bat ended.
Manson would go down in order to give Emmetsburg the win.
Woodruff got the win with 14 strikeouts, while giving up two runs off three hits.
Emmetsburg got a homerun and two singles from Caitlin Wise, while Maddison Woodruff added a homer and single. Nichole Hasbrouck had a double and single, Tiff Wollum, Alex Lock and Morgan Vlasman each had doubles and Mollie Smith, Woodruff and Janna Hock all had two hits in the victory.