Lady E’Hawks 2-2 At Fort Dodge Tournament
FORT DODGE – Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks earned a 2-2 overall mark during their appearance in this past weekend’s Fort Dodge Invitational Softball Tournament at Harlan Rogers Park. The Lady E’Hawks improved to 12-7 overall on the season with their efforts on Friday and Saturday.
Emmetsburg opened play Friday morning against the Tigerhawks of Colfax-Mingo and claimed a 5-2 victory. The Lady E’Hawks came out firing on all cylinders in the top of the first, as they pushed three runs over the plate. After Jenny Hoch walked, a base hit by Mollie Smith was followed up by a strikeout, but Alex Lock loaded the sacks with a base hit.
A double by Nichole Hasbrouck would score Hoch and Smith, and a single by Morgan Vlasman, Nicole Leuer, running for Lock, would score her run. However, Nichole Hasbrouck was cut down at the plate as she tried to score to end the at-bat.
Emmetsburg would play good defense in the bottom of the inning to deny Colfax-Mingo and preserve their 3-0 lead.
The two teams traded outs in the second and Emmetsburg would strand Janna Hoch and Hasbrouck in the top of the third, but the Tigerhawks would plate a run in the bottom of the third inning. Emmetsburg went down in order in the fourth, and Colfax-Mingo added another run in the bottom of the fourth to cut Emmetsburg’s lead to 3-2.
But in the top of the fifth, Mollie Smith drew a walk and would score off a a base hit by Hasbrouck to give the Lady E’Hawks a little breathing room. Colfax-Mingo went down in order and in the sixth, Emmetsburg got a booming solo home run shot over the left center field fence from Kendall Corley for the 5-2 lead. The two teams traded outs in the seventh as Emmetsburg’s defense held firm for the win.
Maddison Woodruf would get the win, allowing two runs off six hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Emmetsburg got the solo home run from Kendall Corley and a double and two singles from Nichole Hasbrouck, while Mollie Smith had a pair of singles. Morgan Vlasman, , Caitlin Wise and Alex Lock all added singles to the effort.
In their second game of the day, Emmetsburg fell to the Stars of Sioux City North by a 3-0 tally. The game was a defensive battle, with Sioux City scoring a run in he top of the first, as well as runs in the top of the fourth nd fifth inning to record the win. Emmetsburg struggled to get baserunners in the contest until the fifth inning, when they stranded Janna Hoch and Maddison Woodruff and then left Janna Hoch on base in the seventh frame.
Maddison Woodruff took the loss, allowing three runs off four hits while striking out nine batters and issuing one walk. For Emmetsburg, Jenny Hoch, Mollie Smith, Alex Lock, Janna Hoch and Woodruff all had base hits.
Returning to Fort Dodge on Saturday, the Lady E’Hawks would face Harlan and Prairie City-Monroe (PCM) in their final two games of tournament play.
Against Harlan, the Lady E’Hawks fell by a 9-3 tally after the Cyclones came up with a five-inning outburst in their final at-bat. Harlan took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but Emmetsburg answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame from Jenny Hoch. After sitting Harlan down in order in the top of the second, Emmetsburg tied the game with a run by Maddison Woodruff in the second.
The two teams traded outs through the next three innings, and in the top of the sixth, Harlan managed to push two runs over the plate to retake the lead.
Emmetsburg was through, however, as with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Janna Hoch rapped out a double. Hoch would come around to score off a base hit by Maddison Woodruff, but Woodruff was stranded when the inning ended.
holding onto a 4-3 lead to start the seventh, Harlan strung together three hits, an error and a walk to score five runs and pull away from the Lady E’Hawks.
Emmetsburg would try to answer, but could only strand Jenny Hoch and Mollie Smith when the at-bat ended in the setback.
Woodruff was charged with the loss, giving up nine runs off eight hits, while striking out five batters and issuing one walk.
For the Lady E’Hawks, Maddison Woodruff had a pair of base hits, while Janna Hoch rapped out a double. Jenny Hoch and Nichole Hasbrouck both had singles in the loss.
Against PCM, the Lady E’Hawks would come away with a 5-1 victory. Emmetsburg opened their half of the first with a run over a hit by Jenny Hoch that scored off Nichole Hasbrouck’s double, and Hasbrouck scored off a base hit by Janna Hoch for a 2-0 lead. The Emmetsburg defense bent a couple of times, but didn’t break, stranding PCM runners on the basepaths in the second and third.
In the bottom of the third, Emmetsburg plated another run as Nichole Hasbrouck got her second double of the game, and came around to score off a base hit by Janna Hoch after a single by Alex Lock.
PCM would get on the scoreboard in the fourth when they pushed a run over the plate, but Emmetsburg answered with a pair of runs of their own. Catilin Wise led off the fourth with a single and came around, to be joined on base by Mollie Smith after she drew a walk. The duo came home off a base hit by Nichole Hasbrouck for a 5-1 lead.
The two teams would traded outs in the fifth inning and in the sixth innings as the game ended with the 90 minute time limit in the win for the Lady E’Hawks.
Maddison Woodruff would take the win in the circle, as she struck out seven batters while surrendering just four hits for the lone run.
Emmetsburg got two doubles and a base rap out of Nichole Hasbrouck, with Janna Hoch pounding out a pair of singles. Jenny Hoch, Alex Lock, Morgan Vlasman and Kendall Corley all added base hits.
Emmetsburg returns to Lakes Conference play this week with a vengeance. The second half of the conference swing begins with Monday’s game against the Lady Orabs of Sheldon.
Emmetsburg is off Tuesday, as Laurens-Marathon is not fielding a softball team. The Lady E’Hawks will then host Spencer on Wednesday night before making the road trip to Storm Lake on Thursday, June 19.