Lady E’Hawks Open Softball Season With Shutout Victory
A new coach and a new season got off to a good start Tuesday for the Emmetsburg Lady E’Hawk Softball Team. Building off their state tournament appearance last summer, the Lady E’Hawks opened their 2009 campaign with a 2-0 shutout over Forest City.
Maddison Woodruff collected the victory in the circle as she went the distance to record the win with 17 strikeouts, no hits and one walk.
Emmetsburg’s offense would come from catcher Alex Lock, who belted out a base hit in the bottom of the first, only to be stranded when the at-bat ended.
In the second, Caitlin Wise rapped out a base hit to center field and moved to second off Hillary Pico’s walk, but the two Lady E’Hawks were stranded for a 0-0 deadlock to start the third.
Forest City would draw a walk with one out, but left their runner waiting on third base when the half inning ended. However, the Lady E’Hawks put Lock on base off a walk in their half of the frame, only to leave courtesy runner Aly Berven waiting at first when the inning ended.
Strong defense by Emmetsburg kept the Indians at bay in the fourth, and the Lady E’Hawks got a single from Morgan Vlasman and a single from Frankie Schmidt to put two runners on the sacks, but the Indians stepped up defensively to halt the Emmetsburg threat.
Woodruff mowed down the batters in the fifth and Emmetsburg came to the plate with an agenda. Woodruff led off with a base hit and would come around to score off an error. Nichole Hasbrouck drew a walk, and would also come around to score off an error after a passed ball. A line drive by Lock aided the two runners on their trip around the basepaths before Kendall Corley and Vlasman were put out and Lock’s courtesy runner Berven was thrown out at home to end the inning, but not before Emmetsburg had taken a 2-0 lead.
Maddison Woodruff reeled off three straight strikeouts in the top of the sixth to retire Forest city an the Lady E’Hawks got walks from Wise and Pico plus a fielders’ choice from Schmidt, but couldn’t put anything else together in their at-bat.
But Woodruff iced the game and the win by moving down the Indians in the seventh to preserve the 2-0 victory.
Emmetsburg got a pair of singles from Alex Lock, along with base raps from Maddison Woodruff, Caitlin Wise, Frankie Schmidt and Morgan Vlasman in the win. Woodruff struck out 17 of the 22 batters she faced and allowed just one walk in her seven innings of work.
Emmetsburg opens the Lakes Conference schedule tonight (Thursday) on the road at LeMars, and returns home on Friday night to host Western Christian.