Lady E’Hawks Down Spirit Lake
SPIRIT LAKE – It took a few weeks to get the game played, after being rained out earlier in June, but Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks earned a 4-2 win over Spirit Lake in Lakes Conference softball Tuesday night. The win improves Emmetsburg to a mark of 7-4 on the season and 15-8 overall on the year.
Emmetsburg has little time to reflect on the win, as they will host Spirit Lake again tonight (Thursday) in conference action in Emmetsburg.
The two teams traded outs in the first inning, with Emmetsburg’s Maddison Woodruff striking out the Indians in order to close out the first inning. In the second, Alex Lock led off with a base hit. A walk for Janna Hoch was followed by a fielders’ choice that put courtesy runner Nicole Leuer out at third. After a sacrifice by Morgan Vlasman, Caitlin Wise was put out to end the at-bat, stranding Janna Hoch and Woodruff’s runner, Hillary Pico.
Woodruff would induce three outs for the Indians in the second as the defensive battle continued. But in the top of the third, the Lady E’Hawks found their offense in a big way.
Kendall Corley led off with a walk, and stole second before Jenny Hoch issued a sacrifice punt to put Corley on third. Tiffany Wollum drew a walk before Nichole Hasbrouck belted a double to the right center fence that allowed both Corley and Wollum to come home. Hasbrouck would move to third off a sacrifice by Alex Lock, and then came home to score off a wild pitch before Janna Hoch struck out to give Emmetsburg a 3-0 lead.
The scores energized the Emmetsburg defense, as they retired Spirit Lake in order in the bottom of the third to hold onto their 3-0 advantage.
Maddison Woodruff would lead off the fourth with a base hit, and her courtesy runner, Hillary Pico, quickly stole second, beating out a throwdown attempt. However, Pico would languish at second as the Lady E’Hawks were then retired in order to end the at-bat.
Spirit Lake would lead off the bottom of the fourth getting a runner on base off Emmetsburg’s lone error. The runner would advance and score off a base hit to erase the Indians’ goose egg at 3-1 to end the inning.
The Lady E’Hawks weren’t quite done, however, as Jenny Hoch led off the fifth inning with a double. Hoch would take third base off a wild pitch ad scored off another wild pitch before Hasbrouck came away with a base rip. Hasbrouck would be stranded, however, when Lock and Janna Hoch were retired to end the at-bat.
Spirit Lake would manage a walk in the bottom of the fifth inning and no more. In the top of the sixth, Emmetsburg went down in order, but the Indians got three base hits to score one run and narrow the gap to 4-2 at the end of the inning.
The Lady E’Hawks would get a walk for Kendall Corley to lead off the seventh, but left Corley at second when they were retired in order. Now it was time for some defense, and Emmetsburg answered the call. Three strikeouts by Woodruff would end the game with the win for Emmetsburg.
Woodruff chalked up the victory allowing two runs off four hits with 12 strikeouts and one walk in seven innings of work.
For Emmetsburg, Nichole Hasbrouck had a double and single, while Jenny Hoch added a double to the cause. Alex Lock and Maddison Woodruff would round out the hitting with base hits.
After entertaining Western Christian on Wednesday, Emmetsburg’s girls host Spirit Lake again tonight (Thursday) before taking a day off and then traveling to Storm Lake on Saturday for the Storm Lake Softball Classic.