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Lady E’Hawks Take Lead In Lakes Race

By Staff | Jun 30, 2009

MAKE?THE?STRETCH - Emmetsburg’s Morgan Vlasman stretches out to make a catch for a force at first base during play against Cherokee on Wednesday night. The Lady E’Hawks would close out their week with four wins, including two confernece wins, to take over first place in the Lakes Conference with a mark of 10-2 in the league and 19-5 overall on the season. -- Dan Voigt photo

A pair of big Lakes Conference wins at the end of last week have propelled Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks into first place in the Lakes Conference softball race as the season enters the home stretch.

Wins over Cherokee on Wednesday and LeMars on Thursday moved Emmetsburg to a mark of 10-2 in league play and 19-5 overall on the year with a pair of wins at the Garner-Hayfield Tournament on Saturday.

Against Cherokee on Wednesday, Emmetsburg collected an 11-0 win in five innings, sealing the deal with a Grand Slam by pitcher Maddison Woodruff in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Lady E’Hawks scored one run in the first, one run in the second, and then tacked on three runs in the third inning for a 5-0 lead. A pair of runs in the fouth made the score 7-0 and in the bottom of the fifth frame. The Lady E’Hawks simply put it together.

Caitlin Wise led off with a single and was followed on base by a single from Frankie Schmidt. An error on a fielder’s choice of Hillary Pico’s at bat loaded the bases for Woodruff, who had surrendered just two hits to Cherokee in the first inning. Woodruff stepped up and smacked the ball over the left center field fence for the big round tripper.

As the Emmetsburg dugout gathered to welcome the big hitter home, Woodruff gave a little jump to land squarely on the plate to end the game with the 11-0 blanking.

To go with her big hit, Woodruff struck out six Cherokee batters and added a base hit to her own effort. Kendall Corley also came up with a two-run homer in the third inning and a single, while Nichole Hasbrouck had a double and two singles. Frankie Schmidt, Caitlin Wise and Alex Lock all had two singles,

Thursday evening the Lady E’Hawks hosted LeMars in a pivotal game that offered Emmetsburg a chance for some revenge of an early season loss.

The game quickly turned into a defensive battle, with LeMars getting a hit in the first, only to strand their runner. Emmetsburg would go down in order to end the first, It was three-up and three-down for both teams in the second and third innings, but Emmetsburg did manage to put Caitlin Wise on base off a walk, but left her waiting.

In the top of the fourth, LeMars got a single to lead off, but left the runner at second after a sacrifice liner to first baseman Morgan Vlasman was followed up by a strikeout and infield pop up to end the at-bat.

Jenny Hoch led off the bottom of the inning for the Lady E’Hawks by getting on board off an error on the third baseman. Hoch would advance off a sacrifice by Alex Lock. Frankie Schmidt would draw a walk, but a wild pitch would allow Hoch to score the first run of the game before Schmidt was stranded to end the inning.

LeMars would draw a walk in the top of the fifth inning, but left the runner stranded at second after a strikeout and putout ended their at-bat.

Emmetsburg would lead off their half of the fifth with a strikeout, but Caitlin Wise would get on base of a fielding error. A single by Hillary Pico moved Wise to second. A wild pitch moved the two baserunners closer to home, but on a fielder’s choice on Maddison Woodruff’s at-bat, Wise was thrown out trying to score at home for the second out, and Pico and Woodruff would end up stranded when Jenny Hoch was put out at first to end the inning.

LeMars got a base hit with out, and after a strikeout, got another single, but on the try to score, the throw from the outfield landed behind the plate. Catcher Alex Lock grabbed the ball and flipped it to Woodruff, covering and home, who got the tag for the out to end the Bulldogs threat in the sixth.

Emmetsburg would lead off the bottom of the sixth with Lock sending a shot over the fence for a solo home run that put the Lady E’Hawks up 2-0. Nichole Hasbrouck would then get a single and steal second. After Frankie Schmidt struck out, Kendall Corley hit a fly ball to center field for the second out. Hasbrouck tagged up and started for home, but the throw from center was in time and Hasbrouck was tagged out by the catcher to end the inning.

The Bulldogs had a final chance in the top of the seventh, but Woodruff made short work of the lineup, striking out all three batters to end the game with the 2-0 decision.

Woodruff earned the win by allowing five hits off 13 strikeouts with one walk in seven innings of work.

Emmetsburg got a home run from Alex lock , while Nichole Hasbrouck and Hillary Pico added base hits in the contest.

Emmetsburg would travel to Garner-Hayfield on Saturday to play in the?GH?Tournament and came home with wins over the host Eagles and the Knights of Mason City Newman.

Against Garner-Hayfield, Emmetsburg took a 5-0 victory. The Lady E’Hawks drew a pair of walks in the first but no more and GH got a single but left their runner waiting to end the inning.

In the second, Emmetsburg led off with a walk by Kendall Corley, who stole second and then came home off a sacrifice RBI by Caitlin Wise for a 1-0 lead.

The Eagles went down in order in the second and Emmetsburg suffered a similar fate in the third, as did GH.

After trading outs in the fourth inning as well, Emmetsburg came up in the fifth frame and led off with Morgan Vlasman hitting a single. Vlasman came around and scored off an RBI?single by Hillary Pico. A double by Maddison Woodruff moved Pico to third before a fly ball on Jenny Hoch’s at bat allowed Pico to score.

Alex Lock would step up and belt a two-run homer over the fence and Emmetsburg held a 5-0 lead. Nichole Hasbrouck just missed a homer, settling for a triple, but was left waiting when Frankie Schmidt was put out to end the at-bat.

Garner-Hayfield would get a single, but a pair of strikeouts would lead to a put out on a steal attempt at home to end the inning.

Emmetsburg got a single from Vlasman in the top of the sixth, and Wise drew a walk, but the duo were stranded. Garner-Hayfield would get a single in the bottom of the inning with two outs, but left their runner waiting as well.

Emmetsburg would go down in order in the seventh, and allowed a base hit but no more to end the game in the 5-0 win.

Maddison Woodruff earned the win, allowing just four hits with 15 strikeouts.

For the Lady E’Hawks, Alex Lock had the home run shot, while Nichole Hasbrouck had a triple and Maddison Woodruff added a double. Morgan Vlasman had two hits and Hillary Pico added a base hit.

The Lady E’Hawks would then face Mason City Newman and earned a 10-1 win over the Knights.

Emmetsburg plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning, using a double by Alex Lock and a passed ball to score the runs. The teams traded outs in the second and in the third, Emmetsburg added three more runs to its tally, as Lock, Frankie Schmidt and Morgan Vlasman all crossed the plate, suing a solo homer by Lock and a two run homer from Vlasman to do the damage.

The Lady E’Hawks kept up a stifling defense in the fourth, retiring the Knights in order and then added a run of their own, as Lock would get on board off a single and scored off a single from Schmidt.

Leading 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Emmetsburg added a pair of runs from Janna Hoch and Hillary Pico in the bottom of the inning to stretch their lead to 8-0.

Newman would erase their goosegg in the top of the sixth with a run off three singles and an error, but could do no more damage.

Emmetsburg came up in the bottom of the sixth and added runs from Vlasman and Alisha Dunnick for a 10-1 lead when the inning ended. The Lady E’Hawks retired the Knights in order in the top of the seventh to record their 19th win of the season.

Maddison Woodruff got the win, striking out 15 while giving up one run and four hits. For Emmetsburg, Alex Lock had a home run, double and single, while Morgan Vlasman added a home run. Frankie Schmidt tallied three hits, while Woodruff, Nichole Hasbrouck, Janna Hoch and Hillary Pico each had one hit.

The Lady E’Hawks traveled to Estherville Lincoln Central on Monday, and were slated to play at Algona on Tuesday before returning home to host Sheldon on Wednesday and then travel to Bishop Garrigan on Thursday, before playing in the Storm Lake Classic on Friday.