Lady E’Hawks Move To Second In Lakes With Wins
Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks moved into second place in the Lakes Conference with a pair of wins over Spirit Lake and Storm Lake in softball action Monday and Tuesday night.
A 13-1 win over Spirit Lake on Monday and a 2-0 shutout over Storm Lake on Tuesday give Emmetsburg an 8-2 mark in the league and 15-5 record overall as they head into games Wednesday with Cherokee and LeMars on Thursday, weather permitting.
Monday’s win saw Coach Travis Birkey’s Lady E’Hawks score five runs in the second and third innings at Spirit Lake to record the five-inning victory over the Indians.
After plating a run in the first inning from Alex Lock’s at bat, the Lady E’Hawks erupted for a pair of singles and a double in the top of the second to score five runs. Morgan Vlasman and Caitlin Wise both hit singles before scoring off Maddison Woodruff’s double, and Woodruff scored off a fielders’s choice of Jenny Hoch’s at bat, before Hoch scored off a fielders’ choice on Alex Lock’s at bat. Lock would come home off a fielder’s choice to give Emmetsburg a 6-0 lead.
In the pitcher’s circle, Woodruff was inducing the Spirit Lake batters into outs and getting excellent defensive support from her teammates. The Indians would strand two runners in the bottom of the second and trailed 6-0 when the inning ended.
Emmetsburg led off the third with Kendall Corley being hit by a pitch, but singles from Wise, Frankie Schmidt and Hillary Pico started the cascade of runs that would end after all four had crossed the plate along with Woodruff, who scored off a single by Lock before the at-bat ended.
The Indians agains stranded a pair of runners in the bottom of the inning as the Lady E’Hawk defense continued to play well.
Emmetsburg wouldn’t score in the top of the fourth, and left Wise and Schmidt on base when they were retired. Spirit Lake managed to plate a run in the bottom of the fourth off a walk and a pair of singles, but would strand a runner to trail 11-1 to start the fifth inning.
An error with out put Jenny Hoch on base, and after a fly ball for the second out, a single from Nichole Hasbrouck would put runners on the corners. Kendall Corley stepped up and smacked a double to score the two runs before she was stranded to end the at-bat.
Spirit Lake would load the bases off an error and a pair of base hits, but Woodruff would then strike out the final three batters to earn the 13-1 win in the shortened contest.
Woodruff would tally the win, allowing six hits with one run and one walk, while striking out eight batters. The Lady E’Hawks got doubles from Woodruff and Corley, while Frankie Schmidt had three hits, Hasbrouck and Wise had two hits and Pico, Vlasman and Lock each added base hits.
That win set up Tuesday’s decisive makeup game with Storm Lake.
With both the Lady E’Hawks and Storm Lake looking for second place in the conference behind Estherville Lincoln Central, the winner of the contest would be in a great position for a late-season drive.
Emmetsburg would put the defense up from the outset, retiring Storm Lake in order in the first. Maddison Woodruff led off with a single, and her courtesy runner Allyson Berven, moved to third off an error on Jenny Hoch’s at bat. Hoch moved to second on a fielders’ choice of Alex Lock’s at bat that threw Berven out at home plate for the first out. A fielders’ choice on Nichole Hasbrouck’s at-bat threw Lock’s courtesy runner, Alisha Dunnick, out at second and Kendall Corley was struck out to end the inning with two Lady E’Hawks stranded on base.
Storm Lake went down in order in the second, but the Lady E’Hawks suffered the same fate. It was three strikeouts for the Tornadoes in the top of the third, but Emmetsburg got a double out of Woodruff in her at bat, only to leave courtesy runner Berven at third when the inning ended.
For the fourth straight inning, the Tornadoes were retired in order, but Emmetsburg had other plans. Nichole Hasbrouck led off with an error, and Kendall Corley joined Hasbrouck on base off a fielders’ choice. A sacrifice by Morgan Vlasman moved the two into scoring position, where a booming double to the center field fence by Caitlin Wise brought the two runs over the plate. However, Wise was stranded when Frankie Schmidt and Hillary Pico hit infield flies to end the inning.
Storm Lake got its first baserunner in the fifth off an error, but left the runner stranded. The Lady E’Hawks put Jenny Hoch on base off a walk, but left her stranded as the defensive battle continued.
The Tornadoes put a runner on base off an error in the top of the sixth. The runner moved to second off a sacrifice, but on a fielders’ choice on Slone Masters’ at bat, third baseman Jenny Hoch looked to throw to first, and the runner took off for third, only to be run down by Hoch for the second out. With two outs, Masters stole second, just beating out a throwdown attempt from Lock to Hasbrouck. Masters would get to third on a steal, but was stranded.
Emmetsburg went down in order in the bottom of the sixth, and went out to play a final defensive inning. Woodruff tallied an opening strikeout and then got good defensive support from the infield to record the victory.
Woodruff earned a no-hitter, as she faced 23 batters and struck out nine in her seven innings of work.
Emmetsburg got doubles from Caitlin Wise and a double and single from Woodruff for their only hits.