Lady E’Hawks Split Conference Contests
Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks got their Lakes Conference softball season off to a tough start on Thursday with a 2-1 loss to LeMars, but rebounded nicely to claim a 6-2 win over Western Christian on Friday night. The week ends with Emmetsburg holding a 2-1 overall mark and 1-1 league record.
In their first road game of the season on Thursday, the Lady E’Hawks couldn’t get their offense on track in the first two innings, leaving three runners stranded. But in the top of the third frame, Maddison Woodruff got on board off an error to lead off. After stealing second, te run scored off an error on Kendall Corley’s at bat with two outs, but Corley was left waiting when the at-bat ended.
The defense would shut LeMars down in the third to preserve the 1-0 lead for Emmetsburg. The two teams traded outs in the fourth and fifth innings, and Emmetsburg went down in order in the top of the sixth. LeMars got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth with a run off a triple to tie the game up at 1-1. Emmetsburg would go down in order in the top of the seventh, but returned the favor in the bottom of the inning to send the game to the eighth inning.
However, the Lady E’Hawks would be retired in order in their at-bat, and LeMars got a leadoff single that managed to score off a base hit to take the 2-1 win.
Maddison Woodruff went the distance, striking out 12 batters, while allowing four walks to go with the five hits and two runs.
Emmetsburg’s lone hit came from Alex Lock off her single in the first inning.
Returning home on Friday, the Lady E’Hawk came out of the chute quickly and posted a 6-2 win over Western Christian’s Wolfpack.
Caitlin Wise would lead off with a single for the Lady E’Hawks, and was followed on base by Woodruff on an error. Wise would scored off a single by Kendall Corley, but Corley and Alyson Berven, Woodruff’s courtesy runner, would be stranded to end the inning.
With a 1-0 lead, the Lady E’Hawks retired the Wolfpack in order and then went to work offensively in the bottom of the second inning. Jenny Hoch led off with a walk, and came around off a base hit by Wise. Woodruff belted out a base hit to advance Wise. With Berven running for the pitcher and standing on first, Alex Lock pounded a shot to the center field fence for a two-run double to score both Wise and Berven. The inning ended when Alisha Dunnick, running for Lock, was thrown out trying to steal third.
Western Christian scored a run in the top of the third to trail 4-1, but the Lady E’Hawks got a big double from Nichole Hasbrouck in their half inning, but left Hasbrouck waiting at third.
The teams traded outs in the fourth, but in the fifth, Emmetsburg pushed runs over the plate form Woodruff and Lock off a sacrifice by Hasbrouck and RBI?single from Morgan Vlasman for a 6-1 advantage.
Western-Christian added a run in the top of the sixth , but Emmetsburg made a nice defensive stop and then denied the Wolfpack in the seventh to earn the win.
Woodruff got the win, allowing just four hits and two runs off 15 strikeouts and three walks.
Alex Lock had a double and single, while Nichole Hasbrouck had a double. Caitlin Wise had two hits, while Woodruff, Kendall Corley, Morgan Vlasman and Jenny Hoch all added singles.
The Lady E’Hawks travel to North Sentral Kossuth tonight (Tuesday), Cherokee on Wednesday and Pocahontas on Thursday evening before returning home on Friday to host Sioux Central.