Lady E’Hawks Split League Contests
Errors proved costly to the Emmetsburg Lady E’Hawks in a 2-0 loss to Estherville Lincoln Central on Monday night, but the Lady E’Hawks shook of the miscues to rebound to an 8-0 win over Spencer. The split gives Emmetsburg a 4-2 mark in the Lakes Conference race and a 7-3 overall mark on the season.
Monday night, the meeting with the Midgettes saw Emmetsburg fail to capitalize on several ripe situations early in the contest. After Maddison Woodruff opened the game by striking out ELC?in order, the Lady E’Hawks would stranded two runners in their half of the inning after getting a base hit and a pair of errors in their favor.
Woodruff and her counterpart, Kendal Bosch, would duel over the next three innings, trading out for out, with the Lady E’Hawks getting a walk in the bottom of the fourth, only to leave a runner stranded after a fielders’ choice.
ELC got a base hit and a walk in the top of the fifth, but left both their runners waiting when the at-bat ended and Emmetsburg got a double from Nichole Hasbrouck in the bottom of the fifth, only to leave her waiting for a way home as well.
The Midgettes would get a walk in the top of the sixth, but to no avail, and Emmetsburg got a single from Woodruff, but also to no avail.
A strikeout opened the top of the seventh for ELC, but a single by Caitlyn Swisher would start a chain of events that would lead to a two-run at-bat for the Midgettes. A follow-up single by Kelsey Shatto put Midgettes at first and second. Brooke Egeland bunted and was thrown out at second as Swisher would score, but a single by Morgan Schichtl was mishandled and a throw home for a tag attempt on Shatto went high, allowing the second run to score before Woodruff induced a strikeout to end the threat.
Trailing 2-0, Emmetsburg went down in order off three straight put outs at first base to end the game with the hard to accept loss.
Maddison Woodruff was dinged for the loss, giving up two runs, one earned, off four hits, with two walks and 16 strikeouts.
Emmetsburg got a double from Nichole Hasbrouck and singles from Caitlin Wise and Maddison Woodruff.
With a sour taste in their mouths after Monday’s loss, Coach Travis Birkey’s squad traveled to Spencer Tuesday night determined to make a change in fortune.
The mindset paid off in a big way, as Emmetsburg got three home runs, including a Grand Slam, to record an 8-0 blanking over the Tigers.
The Lady E’Hawks got a quick start, getting a double with one out from Woodruff in the first inning, only to have Alex Lock rip a shot over the left field fence for a two-run dinger. Frankie Schmidt and Nichole Hasbrouck would both hit singles, but were stranded when the at-bat ended. The defense would step up and shut Spencer down in order to end the first inning with the 2-0 lead.
Emmetsburg only managed a baserunner in the second after Caitlin Wise got on off an error, but the inning ended on Woodruff’s fielders’ choice that put Wise out at second.
Spencer would come up with a leadoff base hit in the bottom of the second, but left their runner waiting when Woodruff struck out the next three batters to end the inning.
The Lady E’Hawks and Spencer traded outs in the third frame, and in the fourth, the Lady E’Hawks led off with a base rap by Hasbrouck. Jenny Hoch was put out at first, while Morgan Vlasman and Tiff Wollum were put out in order to end the opportunity.
Spencer led off with a walk and drew a second free pass, only to leave the two runners waiting when the Emmetsburg defense made the stop.
Clinging to their 2-0 lead to start the fifth, Emmetsburg went down two quick outs, but Alex Lock got on base with a single. With courtesy runner Alisha Dunnick taking over on base for Lock, Kendall Corley stepped to the plate and punched a shot over the fence for a two run homer, the second of the game for Emmetsburg.
Now trailing 4-0, Spencer went down in order in their half of the fifth inning.
With a fresh shot of enthusiasm, Emmetsburg kept up the attack in the top of the sixth. Nichole Hasbrouck was put out to lead off, but Jenny Hoch rapped out a single and was followed on base by Morgan Vlasman on an error. Tiff Wollum flew out for the second out and a fielders’ choice on Caitlin Wise’s at-bat ended the inning when Vlasman was put out at second.
Maddison Woodruff struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth to help her team’s cause to set up the seventh inning.
Woodruff would lead off getting the benefit of a fielding error, and courtesy runner Allyson Berven advanced off a double by Alex Lock.
With runners at second and third, Kendall Corley hit a fly ball to second for the first out, but Frankie Schmidt got on base off a dropped third strike to load the sacks.
Nichole Hasbrouck stepped to the plate and calmly lifted the ball over the left field fence for the Grand Slam homer that ripped the game wide open.
Jenny Hoch hit an infield fly for the second out, but Morgan Vlasman got a single, only to be stranded when Wollum hit a fly ball for the final out.
Emmetsburg played tough defense in the bottom of the seventh, surrendering an error to put one runner on base, but a fly ball and final strikeout ended the game in the satisfying win for the Lady E’Hawks.
Woodruff would surrender just one hit in the victory, while walking two batters and striking out 15 of the 25 batters she faced in the seven innings of play.
Nichole Hasbrouck led the offense with her Grand Slam and two singles, while Alex Lock added a home run, double and single to the efforts. Kendall Corley came away with a home run, while Maddison Woodruff added a double to the tally. Frankie Schmidt, Morgan Vlasman and Jenny Hoch added base hits to the winning effort for Emmetsburg.
The Lady E’Hawks traveled to Sheldon on Wednesday for their third league game of the week, and take Thursday and Friday off before hosting their own invitational tournament on Saturday.