Lady E’Hawks Claim Pair Of League Victories
Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks closed out the last full week of conference softball action Thursday night with a pair of wins over Hull Western Christian on Wednesday night and a win over Spirit Lake on Thursday night. The two victories give Coach Jeny Garst’s team a mark of 10-4 in Lakes Conference play and 18-8 overall as they enter the final two games of the regular season on Monday night at Cherokee, and at home against Estherville Lincoln Central on Wednesday night at home.
The tournament trail starts on Thursday night, when Emmetsburg hosts Bishop Garrigan in a 7 p.m. contest at Emmetsburg.
Against Western Christian on Wednesday, Emmetsburg opened the game on a positive note. After allowing The Wolfpack to put two runners on base, the Lady E’Hawks shut their guests down and came up to bat. The entire Lady E’Hawk lineup would come up to bat in the first, and actually 10 batters stepped to the plate in the half inning. Frankie Schmidt, Nichole Hasbrouck, Alex Lock, Janna Hoch and Maddison Woodruff would all cross the plate to score in the bottom of the first, using a walk by Janna Hoch and then a Grand Slam home run from Woodruff to score the runs.
Western Christian would push a run over the plate in the top of the second inning, but no more as the Lady E’Hawk defense came to bear. Emmetsburg would load the sacks in the bottom of the second, but would go down in order after that, stranding Schmidt, Hasbrouck and Lock.
The Lady E’Hawks returned the favor to the Wolfpack in the third, retiring them in order. Emmetsburg when down in order in the bottom of the inning as the score remained 5-1 in favor of Emmetsburg.
Western went down in order in the top of the fourth inning, but when Emmetsburg came up to bat, the lid blew off the game.
Frankie Schmidt led off with a single, but was put out at home as she tried to score after a single by Nichole Hasbrouck. Alex Lock drew a walk, and a fielders choice put Janna Hoch on base. A pair of walks of Maddison Woodruff and Morgan Vlasman brought HAsbrouck and Lock home to score, before a fielders choice on Caitlin Wise’s at-bat put Janna Hoch out at home for the second out.
A single by Kendall corley scored Woodruff and Vlasman before an error on Jenny Hoch’s at bat allowed Wise to score her run. Frankie Schmidt came up again and belted a single that scored Corley and Jenny Hoch to bring the game to an end under the 12-run rule.
Maddison Woodruff got the win, allowing just one run off three hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.
Emmetsburg got a Grand Slam from Maddison Woodruff and a two hits from Nichole Hasbrouck, while Frankie Schmidt had three hits. Kendall Corley, Caitlin wise, and Jenny Hoch all added singles to the effort.
On Thursday night, the Lady E’Hawks hosted Spirit Lake just two nights after beating the Indians at Spirit Lake. The outcome was the same for Emmetsburg, as they claimed a 4-0 shutout in a no-hitter by ace Maddison Woodruff.
Spirit Lake would strand a runner in the top of the first after an error, but Emmetsburg would go down in order in their half of the inning.
The Indians suffered a similar fate in their half of the inning, but the Lady E’Hawks took a 1-0 lead when Alex Lock knocked a shot over the left field fence for a solo home run.
The Indians were put down in order in the top of the third inning as the Lady E’Hawk defense gave Woodruff solid support. However, the Lady E’Hawks could only come up with a walk in the bottom of the third, leaving Kendall Corley stranded at second to end the inning.
In the fourth, Spirit Lake was put out in order once again, bringing the Lady E’Hawks to the plate. Nichole Hasbrouck would lead off with a single, and was followed by Alex Lock after drawing a walk. A single by Janna Hoch would allow Hasbrouck to score, and a single by Maddison Woodruff brought Lock’s courtesy runner, Nicole Leuer, over the plate for a 3-0 lead.
Spirit Lake continued to struggle offensively, going down in order once again to end their at bat in the fifth. Emmetsburg would suffer a similar fate, however, leaving the score at 3-0 to start the sixth inning.
Spirit Lake went down in order again in the top of the sixth inning, and Emmetsburg came up to bat once again. Nichole Hasbrouck led off for Emmetsburg and blasted a home run shot well over the left-center field fence for the solo homer and the 4-0 lead when the inning ended.
Spirit Lake would go down in order in the top of the seventh to end the contest with the win for the Lady E’Hawks.
Maddison Woodruff recorded the no-hitter, as she faced 22 batters and struck out eight, with no runs, walks or hits.
For Emmetsburg, Nichole Hasbrouck had a home run and single, while Alex Lock added a home run as well. Janna Hoch had two hits.