Lady E’Hawks Take Victory Over Cherokee
Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks improved their Lakes Conference season mark to 4-3 with a 4-0 shutout win over Cherokee in softball action Monday night. The victory gives Coach Jeny Garst’s squad a mark of 10-5 overall on the season.
Cherokee would strand two runners in the top of the first, but Emmetsburg would leave Alex Lock’s courtesy runner, Nicole Leuer, waiting when the first inning ended as the two teams traded defense.
Cherokee would be set down in order in the top of the second as Maddison Woodruff struck out the side. The Lady E’Hawks led off their half of the second with a walk by Morgan Vlasman and a walk of Caitlin Wise. After Woodruf struck out, , Mollie Smith was walked to load the bases.
Tiff Wollum hit a fly ball for the second out, but an error on Kendall Corley’s at-bat allowed both Vlasman and Wise to scamper home for a 2-0 lead at the end of the inning.
The Braves went down in order in the third and Emmetsburg came back up to pick up where they left off. A walk of Alex Lock and Nichole Hasbrouck being hit by a pitch put two runners on base. Morgan Vlasman hit a sacrifice before Caitlin Wise belted a single to score courtesy runner Nicole Leuer and Hasbrouck for a 4-0 lead. Maddison Woodruff followed up with a base hit and Mollie Smith added a base hit to load the corners, but Wise was put out at the plate on Tiff Wollum’s fielders’ choice to end the inning.
Cherokee would strand a runner in the top of the fourth inning and Emmetsburg would duplicate the effort to leave the game standing at 4-0.
In the fifth, Woodruff would strike the Braves down in order, while Emmetsburg would load the bases, only to leave two runners waiting when the at-bat ended.
Cherokee would be put out in order in the top of the sixth and Emmetsburg would leave two runners stranded once again to end the inning. The Braves would go down in order in the seventh to end the game with the win for the Lady E’Hawks.
Maddison Woodruff got the win, striking out 13 batters with no hits and giving up two walks.
For the Lady E’Hawks, Janna Hoch had a double, while Mollie Smith and Maddison Woodruff both delivered two base hits and Caitlin Wise had a single.
The Lady E’Hawks will play at the Fort Dodge Tournament Thursday and Friday.