To Play Humboldt In Fort Dodge
Emmetsburg’s post season run continues tonight with an appearance in the Class 2A Regional championship game at Harlan Rogers Park in Fort Dodge. The Lady E’Hawks earned the right to advance with a thrilling 3-1 victory over the 12th-ranked Sioux Central Rebels on Tuesday night in Emmetsburg.
The victory improves Coach Jeny Garst’s Lady E’Hawks to a record of 24-9 on the season.
“The girls made things happen when we needed them to happen,” Garst said following the game. “We played good defense and never lost our composure.”
Playing as the visitors, the Lady E’Hawks struck first, getting a lead-off single from Jenny Hoch. After a dropped third strike on Tiffany Wollum’s at-bat and a wild pitch, Hoch would cross the plate off a sacrifice by Nichole Hasbrouck. In their turn at the plate, Sioux Central also got a single with one out, but as Maddison Woodruff threw a strike pitch for the second out, catcher Alex Lock whipped the ball to Hasbrouck, covering at second as the runner tried to steal second and got the tag for the inning ending out.
Emmetsburg would open the second with a quick put out, but Woodruff got on base off an error off a dropped third strike. Morgan Vlasman hit a fielders’ choice that took Woodruff’s courtesy runner, Hillary Pico, out at second and left Vlasman stranded.
The Rebels led off the second with a walk, and an error put a second runner on base before a single would score a run to tie the contest at 1-1. However, Woodruff would strike out the next three batters to end the inning.
The two clubs traded outs in the third, while Emmetsburg went down in order in the fourth as well. Sioux Central drew a walk in the bottom of the fourth, but left their baserunner stranded when Woodruff recorded a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.
Entering the fifth inning tied at 1-1, the game had turned into a pitcher’s battle between Woodruff and her counterpart, Brooke Scharn. However, Emmetsburg engineered a rally in the top of the fifth. Woodruff found a pitch she liked and sent it to the right center field fence for a stand-up double to lead off. A sacrifice by Vlasman moved courtesy runner Hillary Pico to third, but as the Rebels made a play to get Pico at third, the ball sailed over the third baseman’s head and Pico scampered home to give Emmetsburg the lead once again. The Rebels would go down in order in the bottom of the fifth, leaving Emmetsburg with a 2-1 advantage to start the sixth inning.
The inning would start with a pair of put outs for Emmetsburg, but with two out, the rally began again as this time, Nichole Hasbrouck cracked off a triple and went into third standing up. Alex Lock then stepped up and hit a standing double to score Hasbrouck. Courtesy runner Nicole Leuer took over on base, but was left waiting when Janna Hoch struck out to end the at-bat.
Sioux Central would come up and also go down by a pair of outs in the bottom of the sixth. however, a single would give the Rebels a moment of hope, only to have the door slammed shut by Woodruff’s 11th strikeout of the game.
To lead off the seventh inning, Emmetsburg would go down in order, setting up the final huge defensive stand for the Lady E’Hawks.
Woodruff did her part in the circle, striking out the first Rebel batter of the inning. A single would follow, but another strikeout and a short infield pop-up to Vlasman at first would end the game in the victory for the Lady E’Hawks.
Maddison Woodruff would pitch a solid game, striking out 13 Rebel batters while giving up four hits and surrendering one run, while issuing two walks in her seven innings of work.
Brooke Scharn took the loss for Sioux Central, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, off four hits, while striking out 11 of the 26 Emmetsburg batters.
Emmetsburg’s offensive attack was led by Nichole Hasbrouck’s triple, while Alex Lock and Maddison Woodruff both added doubles to the effort and Jenny Hoch came up with a single.
As they advance to the Regional Final Thursday night, Emmetsburg will meet Humboldt at 7:30 p.m. at Harlan Rogers Park, just east of the Fort Dodge Regional Airport. Emmetsburg scrimmaged Humboldt during the pre-season, and defeated the Wildcats in the scrimmage.
“We did beat them in a scrimmage, but we’re playing much better now than we did then, and I’m sure they’re playing much better right now than they were in late May,” Garst admitted.