Lady E’Hawks Advance To Regional Semi-Finals
Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks came off the final week of the regular season with an eight-inning, 2-1 win over Estherville Lincoln Central on Wednesday night to enter the 2A Regional Tournament series on a positive note.
After defeating Cherokee on Monday night and the Midgettes on Wednesday night, Coach Jeny Garst’s Lady E’Hawks claimed a 1-0 win over Bishop Garrigan in the first round of Regional Tournament play on Thursday, and then defeated Pocahontas Area 3-0 on Saturday night for the Regional Semi-Final tonight, at 7 p.m. in Emmetsburg.
In Thursday’s tourney opener, the Lady E’Hawks hosted the Golden Bears of Bishop Garrigan in what would be a defensive battle. Emmetsburg’s Maddison Woodruff led the attack for the Lady E’Hawks, as she would strikeout 14 batters out of the 24 she faced on the night.
After retiring the Bears in short order to start the game, Emmetsburg would strand Nichole Hasbrouck in the first for a 0-0 score. Bishop Garrigan went down in order in the second, and Emmetsburg duplicated the effort. It was three-up and three-down in the top of the third for Bishop Garrigan, but Emmetsburg had other plans in the bottom of the inning.
Frankie Schmidt was put out to lead off, but Kendall Corley uncorked a solo home run shot over the left field fence to erase Emmetsburg’s goose egg on the scoreboard.
After a strikeout, Tiffany Wollum would get a single but was stranded when the inning ended.
The Golden Bears would get a base runner in the fourth, , but left the runner stranded. Emmetsburg got a single from Alex Lock, and followed it up with a walk of Woodruff, but courtesy runners Nichole Leuer and Hillary Pico were stranded when the inning ended.
Bishop Garrigan presented a threat in the top of the fifth, coming up with a long single, but left he runner waiting when Woodruff struck out the side. Emmetsburg would go down in order in the bottom of the fifth, leaving the score at 1-0.
The two teams traded outs in the sixth, and in the top of the seventh, Garrigan put a runner on off an error, but a putout and pair of strikeouts ended the game in the win for Emmetsburg.
Woodruff would only surrender one hit in the win.
Kendall Corley led the hitting with the solo home run, while Alex Lock had a base hit.
In Saturday’s Regional quarterfinal, the Lady E’Hawks hosted the Indians of Pocahontas Area, and claimed a 3-0 win to advance to the Regional semis.
Saturday’s game was a pitchers’ duel between Woodruff and Pocahontas Area’s Desiree Schnell. Woodruff would strikeout 15 Pocahontas Area batters in the game, while Schnell managed to strike out 12 Emmetsburg batters in the contest.
The two teams traded strikeouts in the first inning, with both going down in order.
Emmetsburg led off the second with a walk for Alex Lock, and a pair of singles by Morgan Vlasman and Caitlin Wise to load the bases, but couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. The Lady E’Hawks then struck Pocahontas Area out in order to end the second inning.
In the third, Emmetsburg quickly went down by two outs, but Nichole Hasbrouck and Alex Lock found their way on base and would come around to score off a a base hit by Maddison Woodruff to put the Lady E’Hawks up 2-0. The Indians went down in order in their half of the inning to trail 2-0 to start the fourth inning.
Emmetsburg went down in order in the top of the fourth, but Pocahontas suffered a similar fate at the hands of the Emmetsburg defense. The Lady E’Hawks and Indians traded outs and at-bats in the fifth frame as the pitchers’ duel continued, punctuated with quick putouts.
In the sixth, Emmetsburg went down by two put outs, but a single by Morgan Vlasman would turn into another run when Caitlin Wise smacked a triple to bring her teammate home. Wise was stranded, but the lead was now 3-0. The Indians got their first baserunner of the game in the bottom of the sixth off a single, but left her stranded.
The Lady E’Hawks would get a double from Hasbrouck in the top of the seventh, only to have her picked off at third on a fielders’ choice of Alex Lock’s at-bat. Janna Hoch drew a walk to put runners on first and second, but a strikeout of Woodruff ended the opportunity.
Now it was time for some defense, and the Lady E’Hawks were up to the task.
Woodruff induced a lead-off strikeout, and then got a putout on a fly ball to Hasbrouck at short. The Indians got a walk, but the game would end when Jenny Hoch fielded a short chopper and threw to Morgan Vlasman at first for the put out and win.
Woodruff earned the win, striking out 15 batters, with one hit and one walk.
For Emmetsburg, Caitlin Wise had a triple and single, while Nichole Hasbrouck had a double and single and Morgan Vlasman had two singles. Jenny Hoch, Maddison Woodruff and Kendall Corley all had base hits in the win.
Emmetsburg will host Sioux Central tonight (Tuesday) in the Regional Semi final tournament matchup at 7 p.m. in Emmetsburg.