Lady E’Hawks Earn Title In Own Tournament
Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks swept their own invitational tournament on Saturday, defeating the Wildcats of Rockwell City-Lytton/Southern Cal and the Hawks of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. In the consolation matchup, Manson Northwest Webster defeated RCL/SC for third place.
In the opening game on Saturday, the Lady E’Hawks got out to an early start against Rockwell City/Lytton-Southern Cal. After allowing a lone baserunner in the top of the first, Emmetsburg plated seven runs in the bottom of the first inning as they sent 13 batters to the plate in the at-bat.
Emmetsburg got a double and four base hits, along with three walks and the benefit of an error to score the runs in the opening inning. Caitlin Wise, Jenny Hoch, Nichole Hasbrouck, Kendall Corley, Morgan Vlasman, Tiff Wollum and Faith Schmidt would all plate runs for the 7-0 advantage that would never be threatened.
With Faith Schmidt making the start in the circle, the Emmetsburg defense was solid in the first innings, allowing a base hit but no more in the second frame. However, the Lady E’Hawk bats only mustered a pair of walks in the bottom of the second, leaving Frankie Schmidt and Morgan Vlasman stranded when the inning ended.
In the top of the third, RCL/SC managed to push an inning over the plate off a pair of singles and a sacrifice to cut the margin to 7-1. However, Emmetsburg would reply to the Wildcat run.
Hillary Pico led off with a singled and was followed by a single from Wise and a double by Jenny Hoch that scored her two teammates. A?double by Hasbrouck was followed up by a base hit from Frankie Schmidt that scored Hoch. Morgan Vlasman drew a walk before an error on Tiff Wollum’s at bat allowed Schmidt and Vlasman to both come home before the inning ended.
Trailing 12-1 to start the fourth, RCL/SC?went down in order in the inning while Emmetsburg got a pair of singles from Hoch and Corley, only to leave the pair stranded.
The Wildcats had a final chance, but were struck out in order by Schmidt to end the game in the 12-1 win after five innings.
Faith Schmidt earned the win with seven strikeouts, while allowing four hits and one run in five innings of work.
Emmetsburg got double from Hoch, Corley and Allyson Berven while Hoch, Wise, Alisha Dunnick, Frankie Schimdt, Vlasman and Wollum all had singles and Hillary Pico added two singles.
Against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, the Lady E’Hawks played the role of visitors, but gave another good defensive effort in an 11-2 win.
Both teams left runners on base in the first frame, but Emmetsburg plated runs from Corley and Vlasman in the top of the second for a 2-0 advantage before HMS?went down in order. In the third, Emmetsburg added three more runs. Jenny Hoch, Nichole Hasbrouck and Corley all came home for a 5-0 lead, using a two run double from Corley and a single by Vlasman to plate the runs.
HMS?would go down in order in the third and the fourth after Emmetsburg left a runner stranded in the top of the fourth. In the fifth, Emmetsburg left a runner stranded again, as did the Hawks in their half of play.
The Lady E’Hawks tacked on three more runs in the top of th sixth, as an error, single and double would bring Megan Klootwyk, Jenny Hoch and Alex Lock home, but left Corley on base when the at-bat ended.
HMS?would break the goose-egg in the bottom of the sixth inning, using an error and a double to plate their two runs before stranding a runner to end the inning. In the top of the seventh, Emmetsburg led off with a single from Vlasman that was followed up by a double from Janna Hoch and an error for Hillary Pico. Vlasman would score off Hoch’s hit, and Hoch came home off the error on Pico’s at-bat. With two outs, Pico came home off a base rap by Alex Lock before the squad was retired.
Pitcher Maddison Woodruff would induce three quick outs to end the game with the victory for the Lady E’Hawks.
Woodruff would get the win in seven innings, giving up two runs off three hits, with one walk and 14 strikeouts.
The Lady E’Hawks had two doubles from Kendall Corley and a doubles from Alex Lock, Hillary Pico and Janna Hoch, while Jenny Hoch and Morgan Vlasman both had three hits each. Alex Lock added a single, along with a single from Kendall Corley and Maddison Woodruff.