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Lady E’Hawks Bounce Back After Setback

By Staff | Jun 9, 2009

SAFE?ANY?WAY - Despite an attempt to block the plate, Emmetsburg’s Hillary Pico found a way to score the first run in the Lady E’Hawks 7-0 win over Sioux Central on Friday night. The Lady E’Hawks improved to 6-2 overall and 3-1 after last week’s action on the softball diamond. -- Dan Voigt photo

After suffering their second loss of the season last Tuesday, Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks refocused their game and peeled off three straight victories to cap off a busy week on the diamond. Wednesday night the Lady E’Hawks earned a 12-0 shutout win over Cherokee in Lakes Conference play and then took a pair of non-conference games, defeating Pocahontas Area 12-2 on Thursday and returning home Friday to defeat Sioux Central 7-0.

The wins improve Emmetsburg’s record to 6-2 overall on the campaign and 3-1 in Lakes Conference play.

Taking their game to Cherokee last Wednesday, the Lady E’Hawks were on a mission to redeem themselves after their loss to North Kossuth the night before. There was little question what the mindset was as the Lady E’Hawks shoved four runs over the plate in their first at-bat. Maddison Woodruff, Alex Lock and Kendall Corley all hit doubles and Frankie Schmidt, Nichole Hasbrouck and Tiffany Wollum added singles to run up a 4-0 lead.

The Braves would go down in order in their half of the inning, and in the second, Emmetsburg’s bats cooled, as Caitlin Wise and Kendall Corley were stranded after walks, but Maddison Woodruff retired the Braves in order to preserve the 4-0 lead at the end of the two complete innings.

The third inning was all Emmetsburg, with the Lady E’Hawks batting through their order once, and plating seven runs in the at-bat. Nichole Hasbrouck led off with a double and was followed on base by Morgan Vlasman, Tiff Wollum, Hillary Pico and Caitlin Wise before Maddison Woodruff belted out a two run home run shot to make the score 10-0.

Alex Lock hit a single before Corley and Schmidt were put out, but a triple by Hasbrouck on her second at-bat scored Lock, only to leave Hasbrouck waiting at third when the at bat ended.

Cherokee would get a base hit and a walk, but left both batters waiting for a ride home as the inning ended.

With an 11-0 lead, Emmetsburg went down in order in the top of the fourth, but returned the favor. Maddison Woodruff would lead off the fifth getting on base off an error, but courtesy runner Alisha Dunnick came around to score off a base rap by Frankie Schmidt for the 12-0 lead.

Woodruff would strike out the Braves in the bottom of the fifth to end the contest by the 10-run rule.

Woodruff earned the victory, giving up just one hit in the five innings with one walk and 10 strikeouts. Woodruff led the hitting with the home run and a double, while Nichole Hasbrouck had a triple, double and two singles. Alex Lock added a double and single, while Kendall Corley hit a double as well. Frankie Schmidt and Tiff Wollum both rapped out two base hits each and Morgan Vlasman added a single to the winning effort.

Thursday would be more of the same as the Lady E’Hawks traveled to Pocahontas Area for a 12-2 win in six innings.

Emmetsburg opened the first with four runs, getting a double from Caitlin Wise and base hits from Alex Lock, Frankie Schmidt and Tiff Wollum , as well as an error for Kendall Corley, to come up with their runs.

The Indians would go down in order in their half inning and Emmetsburg continued where they left off in the second. An error put Wise on base with one out, and a second error put Maddison Woodruff on base.

Alex Lock stepped up and pounded a three-run home run shot over the fence for a 7-0 lead. The Indians would manage a base hit in their half of the inning, but no more.

The Lady E’Hawks plated a run in the third and got a solo home run shots from Alex Lock, her second of the game, in the top of the fourth to put Emmetsburg up 9-0.

Pocahontas Area would plate a run in the bottom of the fourth to avoid the shutout, but Emmetsburg use a double and three base hits in the top of the sixth to add three more runs to its total. The Indians managed a final run in the bottom of the sixth as the game ended with the 10-run rule.

Maddison Woodruff got the win for Emmetsburg by giving up two runs off five hits, while collecting 11 strikeouts in the process.

Emmetsburg got two home runs and a pair of singles from Alex Lock, while Caitlin Wise had two doubles. Kendall Corley had two hits, while Maddison Woodruff, Frankie Schmidt, Tiff Wollum, Morgan Vlasman and Hillary Pico all had base hits.

Friday night, the Lady E’Hawks met up with Sioux Central in a repeat of a District final from last season. It took two innings to find their offense, but Emmetsburg came up with a 7- win over the Rebels in a pitcher’s duel.

The two pitchers, Woodruff and Sioux Central’s Brooke Scharn, battled through the first two and a half innings, but in the bottom of the third, Emmetsburg worked a little magic.

With two outs, Hillary Pico got a single and game around on a base hit by Caitlin Wise, But, a passed ball on the tag attempt at home allowed Pico to break the deadlock for the Lady E’Hawks.

Maddison Woodruff hit her stride in the fourth, mowing down the Rebel batters, and the Lady E’Hawks pushed a run over the plate when Jenny Hoch got on base off a fielder’s choice and came around to score off a single by Frankie Schmidt and an error.

With a 2-0 lead, Emmetsburg’s defense stepped up and made the stops. Sioux Central stranded a runner in the top of the fifth, but Emmetsburg went down in order.

The Rebels would get a pair of runners on base in the top of the sixth off a base hit and fielders’ choice, but left one runner waiting on a throw from Pico in center field to Wise at third for the third out.

In the bottom of the sixth, Emmetsburg uncorked their offense for a five run blast. Maddison Woodruff got on base off a single and courtesy runner Alyson Berven would get put out at second on Alex Lock’s fielder’s choice. With Alisha Dunnick running for Lock, a double by Kendall Corley and single from Jenny Hoch scored Dunnick and Corley. Frankie Schmidt rapped out a single and Nicole Hasbrouck’s single scored Hoch An error allowed Schmidt and Hasbrouck to score off Hillary Pico’s at bat before leaving Pico at third to end the inning.

Trailing 7-0, Sioux Central went down in order to end the game.

Woodruff got the win, surrendering just two hits, while walking one batter and striking out 14.

Kendall Corley tallied a double in the win, while Frankie Schmidt had a pair of base hits. Caitlin Wise, Maddison Woodruff, Alex Lock, Jenny Hoch, Nichole Hasbrouck and Hillary Pico all added singles to the effort.

The Lady E’Hawks hosted Estherville Lincoln Central on Monday and travel to Spencer on Tuesday and Sheldon on Wednesday before taking two days off prior to their own tournament this Saturday. Teams playing the tournament will include Rockwell City-Lytton, Manson Northwest Webster and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, along with the Lady E’Hawks.

First pitch is at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13.