Lady E’Hawks Go 2-1 In League Matchups
Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks collected a 2-1 mark in Lakes Conference softball action last week, improving their season record to a 6-4 mark in league play. Overall, Coach Jeny Garst’s club is 14-8 on the season as the tournaments approach.
Emmetsburg hosted Sheldon and Spencer on Monday and Wednesday, earning victories but came up short in a hard-fought game at Storm Lake on Thursday night.
The Lady E’Hawks opened their week with a 7-2 victory over Sheldon on Monday. After stopping Sheldon in the first, the Lady E’Hawks got runs from Nichole Hasbrouck and Alex Lock in the bottom of the first as Hasbrouck got a base hit and then came home when Lock belted a two-run homer over the fence.
The Orabs went down in order in the second, but Emmetsburg would suffer a similar fate in the bottom of the inning.
Behind the pitching of Maddison Woodruff, Emmetsburg’s defense made outs to go along with strikeouts in keeping Sheldon at bay. However, the Lady E’Hawks struggled on their offense after the quick start, but continued to lead by a 2-0 tally at the end of the third.
Sheldon went down in order in the top of the fourth, but Emmetsburg would come up with a base hit from Woodruff. With courtesy runner Nicole Leuer taking over on the base paths, a double by Morgan Vlasman would bring Leuer over the plate to add to Emmetsburg’s lead when the inning ended.
The Orabs were put down in order in the top of the fifth inning, and returned the favor to Emmetsburg in the bottom of the inning. Sheldon would strand a base runner after a base hit in the top of the sixth, but Emmetsburg was ready to make a little offensive noise.
Alex Lock led off with a base hit, and courtesy runner Hillary Pico would go to second on a passed ball, and scored off a sacrifice by Janna Hoch. A dropped third strike put Woodruff on base, and a single by Vlasman would score courtesy runner Leuer.
After a strikeout by Kendall Corley, Tiffany Wollum got on base off a dropped fly ball that would let Vlasman cross home, and a base hit by Jenny Hoch scored Wollum to put Emmetsburg up 7-0 at the end of the sixth.
Sheldon would come up with a double and a pair of singles to score two runs, but it was too little too late.
Woodruff earned the win, allowing two runs, one earned, with six hits while striking out 12 batters.
for Emmetsburg, Morgan Vlasman had a triple, double and single, while Alex Lock added a home run and base hit. Jenny Hoch, Maddison Woodruff and Nichole Hasbrouck al added hits to the effort.
The Lady E’Hawks gained a measure of revenge on Wednesday night by taking a 5-3 win over the Spencer Tigers.The two clubs traded outs in the first inning but in the second, Emmetsburg would break the ice as Janna Hoch got on base off a single and scored off a single by Kendall Corley for a 1-0 lead to start the third inning.
Spencer would leave a runner on base after a walk in the top of the third, and the Lady E’Hawks picked up where they left off in their half of the inning.
After Mollie Smith was struck out to lead off, Nichole Hasbrouck got a base hit and scored when Alex Lock belted out a two-run homer over the outfield fence. Maddison Woodruff would come up with a double with two outs and scored off Morgan Vlasman’s base hit. Tiffany Wollum would come up with a base hit as well, but she and Vlasman were stranded when Kendall Corley struck out.
Now trailing 4-0, Spencer managed to gain a run back in the top of the fourth inning,but left a runner stranded. Emmetsburg would put Jenny Hoch on base off a single, but left her waiting to end the inning. The Tigers left a runner in the top of the fifth frame as Emmetsburg went down in order to leave the score at 4-1 to start the sixth inning.
Spencer led off the sixth with a pair of singles, and then scored both runs off an error and a base hit to cut Emmetsburg’s lead to a run, but the Lady E’Hawks weren’t ready to concede anything.
Tiffany Wollum led off with a fly ball out, but Kendall Corley rapped out a double. Jenny Hoch struck out for the second out, but Mollie Smith came up with a clutch double to score Corley’s run, only to be left waiting when Nichole Hasbrouck was put out to end the inning.
Now the Lady E’Hawks had to play defense, holding a 5-3 lead in the top of the seventh.
Maddison Woodruff collected a leadoff strikeout, but issued a walk to the second batter. A strikeout followed for the second out, but the Tigers got a base hit to put runners at first and second. The Lady E’Hawks kept their heads and wit and got an infield fly catch by Morgan Vlasman at first to end the game and pick up the satisfying win.
Maddison Woodruff allowed three runs off five hits, while earning 12 strikeouts and two walks.
The Lady E’Hawks played hard on Friday night at Storm Lake, but an early lead evaporated into a 4-2 loss to the Tornadoes.
Emmetsburg opened the game by striking quickly. After going down two outs in the top of the first, the Lady E’Hawks rallied when Nichole Hasbrouck beat out a throw for a base hit. Waiting at first base, Hasbrouck watched as catcher Alex Lock made it three games in a row to blast a two-run home run shot over the fence, giving Emmetsburg the 2-0 lead .
The Lady E’Hawks would limit Storm Lake to a base hit in the first to hold a 2-0 advantage when the inning ended.
Emmetsburg went down in order in the second frame, but again limited Storm Lake to a base hit in the bottom of the inning to cling to the 2-0 lead. However, the Lady E’Hawks would go down in order again in the top of the third, and set up to play defense in the bottom of the inning.
Storm Lake managed to lead off with a base hit, and two consecutive singles almost got the Tornadoes a run, but a rocket throw from the outfield to Woodruff, who relayed it to Alex Lock at the plate, to cut down the lead runner.
With two on base, the Tornadoes loaded up the bases, and a triple by Andrea Prochak would score three runs to put the Tornadoes on top by a 3-2 tally, but only after they left two runners stranded to end the inning.
Emmetsburg would put Alex Lock on base in the top of the fourth off a walk, but left her stranded when the Lady E’Hawks were put out. Storm Lake picked up two quick outs in the bottom of the fourth, but got a base hit from Slone Masters. A second base hit followed, and a fielders’ choice looked like it could be trouble for the Lady E’Hawks, but Masters collided with Emmetsburg shortstop Nichole Hasbrouck as Hasbrouck was trying to make a play, and was called out for interference to end the inning.
The Lady E’Hawks put Morgan Vlasman on base in the fifth off an error, and Vlasman worked her way to third base, but was left waiting when the at-bat ended. Storm Lake went down in order in their half of the inning as Emmetsburg’s defense tightened up.
Trailing by a run to start the sixth, Emmetsburg went down by a strikeout to start the at-bat, but Hasbrouck rapped out a single, and moved to second when Alex Lock was walked. The good fortune came to an end when Janna Hoch and Woodruff were both struck out to end the at-bat.
The Tornadoes would get a pair of base hits in the bottom of the sixth and ended up scoring one run off a passed ball before Emmetsburg’s defense could make the stop.
Now trailing 4-2, the Lady E’Hawks tried to mount a seventh inning rally. Morgan Vlasman would rap out a single and moved to third off Tiffany Wollum’s sacrifice, but a strikeout of Kendall Corley and a put out of Jenny Hoch ended the game for the Lady E’Hawks.
Maddison Woodruff was charged with the loss, as the Tornadoes got four runs, three earned, off 10 hits. Woodruff strukout to just two batters in the outing.
Emmetsburg had just four hits in the contest, including the home run by Alex Lock, along with two singles from Nichole Hasbrouck and single from Morgan Vlasman.
Emmetsburg will travel to Spirit Lake tonight (Tuesday) for a make-up game and then hosts Western Christian on Wednesday before hosting Spirit Lake on Thursday night, and then travel back to Storm Lake on Saturday for the Storm Lake Softball Classic.