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Lady E’Hawks Go 3-2 In Week’s Action

By Staff | Jun 23, 2009

SHE’S?SAFE! - Emmetsburg’s Jenny Hoch slides in ahead of a tag in the first inning of Friday’s game with Ottumwa at the Fort Dodge Softball Tournament. Despite a 9-3 loss Friday, Emmetsburg came up with a 6-0 win over Eagle Grove and a 7-6 win over North Sentral Kossuth before losing 3-2 to Harlan in games played Saturday. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks played just three days last week, but came up with three wins against a pair of losses in the span of Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

On Thursday, the Lady E’Hawks earned a 9-1 conference win over Western Christian on Thursday to improve to 6-2 in league play. Friday, Emmetsburg lost a 9-3 decision to Ottumwa in the first round of the Fort Dodge Softball Classic. On Saturday, the Lady E’Hawks earned a 6-0 win over Eagle Grove and a 7-6 win over North Sentral Kossuth before losing a 3-2 decision to Harlan to move to 13-5 overall on the season.

Thursday’s Action

Emmetsburg suffered through a pair of scoreless innings in Thursday’s game, after having games earlier in the week postponed due to rain.

After two innings with just a double by Maddison Woodruf, Emmetsburg opened the third with a double by Morgan Vlasman that turned into a run off a single by Jenny Hoch for a 1-0 lead. Western would get a single but no more.

In the fourth, Emmetsburg and Western traded outs, but the Lady E’Hawks tallied four runs in the top of the fifth. After a a pair of base hits by Frankie Schmidt and Hillary Pico, Caitlin Wise smacked a three-run homer and was followed over the plate by teammate Jenny Hoch after a double and a sacrifice for a 5-0 lead.

After striking Western out in order in the bottom of the fifth, Emmetsburg plated a run from Woodruff in the sixth off a double by Frankie Schmidt. The Wolfpack would get a run in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 6-1 to start the seventh inning.

The Lady E’Hawks would push three runs over the plate in their half of the inning, as Hoch, Alex Lock and Nichole Hasbrouck all came home before the defense retired Western Christian for the win.

Woodruff took the win, allowing just four hits and one run, while striking out 13 and walking two batters.

Emmetsburg got a home run from Wise, along with a double and two singles from woodruff. Jenny Hoch and Nichole Hasbrouck both had doubles and singles, while Alex Lock and Hillary Pico both had base hits.

FD?Tourney Action

Emmetsburg met up with Ottumwa on Friday afternoon at Fort Dodge, and lost a 9-3 contest in extra innings.

The Lady E’Hawks would score one run in the bottom of the first, as Jenny Hoch beat a throw home to score off a double by Nichole Hasbrouck. Emmetsburg would add two more runs in the bottom of the second, as Woodruff and courtesy runner Allyson Berven would team up along with Morgan Vlasman to cross the plate off a sacrifice by Cailin Wise.

With a 3-0 lead in hand, Emmetsburg settled in and played good defense, but couldn’t bring any runners of their own home. In the top of the sixth, Ottumwa’s Bulldogs managed to tied the game up using a pair of singles and a double along with aggressive baserunning.

Both teams had opportunities in the seventh but couldn’t convert, setting up the international tie breaker in the eighth inning.

Ottumwa got four singles and a double, along with a pair of walks to set up a six run explosion in their half of the inning before the Lady E’Hawks could bring the defense to bear.

Emmetsburg’s Tiffany Wollum was stranded at second when the Lady E’Hawks went down in order to suffer the loss.

Maddison Woodruff took the loss, surrendering nine runs off 10 hits with five walks and eight strikeouts.

For Emmetsburg, Nichole Hasbrouck had a double and single, while Jenny Hoch, Maddison Woodruff and Morgan Vlasman all had hits.

Moving into Saturday’s consolation, Emmetsburg defeated Eagle Grove 6-0 in their first game of the day. The Lady E’Hawks got runs from Maddison Woodruff and courtesy runner Allyson Berven, Frankie Schmidt and Hillary Pico as each scored two runs. Woodruff would get the win. allowing three hits with 15 strikeouts and two walks, and also had a doubled and two singles. Alex Lock added two hits, as did Pico, while Jenny Hoch and ?Morgan Vlasman each added singles.

In their second game on Saturday, Emmetsburg gained a measure of revent with a 7-6 win over North Sentral Kossuth, avenging a loss earlier in the season at Swea City.

Emmetsburg would lead 1-0 after the first inning off a run scored by Berven off a Woodruff single.

NSK answered with two runs in the second, but Emmetsburg matched the effort with two runs as Jenny Hoch and Alex Lock scored in the third to make the score 3-2 to start the fourth.

Both teams went down in order in the fourth and fifth innings. Emmetsburg added a run from Kendall Corley in the sixth, but NSK reeled off four runs to take a 6-4 lead to start the seventh.

The Lady E’Hawks tied the game up with in the seventh when Joch and Nichole Hasbrouck both came home to set up their second extra inning game of the tourney.

NSK was able to advance their runner to third in their portion of the eighth, but couldn’t bring her home.

With Caitlin Wise starting at second, a single by Vlasman brought Wise to third and a base hit by Janna Hoch would score Wise for the win.

Woodruff earned the win, striking out 10 batters with two walks, while surrendering four hits for six runs.

The Lady E’Hawks got a double and single from Hasbrouck, while Morgan Vlasman had three base hits and Jenny Hoch had two singles. Alex Lock, Maddison Woodruff and Janna Hoch all had singles.

The final game of the tourney saw Emmetsburg fall in a 3-2 decision to Harlan.

It took two innings for the Lady E’Hawks to mount an offense on a warm day, but in the third inning, Tiffany Wollum led off with a an error and would come around to score for a 1-0 lead.

Harlan would score two runs in the bottom of the third, taking a 2-1 lead off a pair of singles and a double.

In the fourth, the Lady E’Hawks would tied the score off an error on Frankie Schmidt’s at bat and a double by Morgan Vlasman.

The two teams traded outs in the fifth and the sixth. With a 2-2 tie to start the seventh inning, Morgan Vlasman led off with a single and worked her way to second base, but three straight put outs would put an end to the Lady E’Hawks’ chances.

Harlan came up and managed to get a lead off single and scored the winning run off an error to escape with the 3-2 win.

Faith Schmidt would be charged with the loss, as she relieved Woodruff after two and a third innings. Woodruff surrendered three hits and one run with one strikeout, while Schmidt allowed four hits and two runs in four and two-thirds innings of work.

Morgan Vlasman led the offense with a double and single, while Alex Lock and Allyson Berven both had base hits.

The Lady E’Hawks were scheduled to play at Spirit Lake Monday and will host Storm Lake in a makeup game before they host Cherokee of Wednesday and LeMars on Thursday.