Turnabout Is Fair Play
Every softball team hopes to be able to peak as the tournament season approaches. For Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks, another step towards the peak was taken Monday night with a 2-0 win over Estherville Lincoln Central in Lakes Conference softball action. Then on Tuesday, the Lady E’Hawks collected a 12-0 shutout over Algona in a non-conference tilt to improve their record to 12-2 overall and 20-5 in the Lakes race.
Monday’s win at Estherville was doubly sweet for the Lady E’Hawks, as they lost to ELC?earlier in the season by an identical 2-0 score, And, like that first meeting, the game was a defensive struggle.
Emmetsburg would get a single from Alex Lock in the first, but no more, and ELC would get a single and a walk, but left their runners waiting as well to end the first frame of action. The two teams went down in order in the second and third innings, but in the fourth, Emmetsburg got a single from Nichole Hasbrouck, only to leave her stranded. In the meantime, the Midgettes went down in order as strikeout victims at the hands of pitcher Maddison Woodruff.
The Lady E’Hawks opened the fifth with a single from Kendall Corley, but left the runner stranded on a pair of putouts. However, the Emmetsburg defense continued to play well, retiring ELC?in order in the fifth frame.
Maddison Woodruff led off the top of the sixth for Emmetsburg with a base hit laced down the third base line. Courtesy runner Alisha Dunnick took over on the base path, and moved to third off a double by Alex Lock, but not before she stumbled rounding second and fell midway between second and third. However, Dunnick jumped to her feet and made it to third, with Lock waiting at second with one out. After Hasbrouck struck out, Morgan Vlasman rapped out a single that brought Dunnick home for the run and moved courtesy runner Allyson Berven to third, but Berven and Vlasman were stranded when Frankie Schmidt was put out.
ELC went down in order in the bottom of the sixth as the Lady E’Hawks took the 1-0 lead into the final inning.
Kendall Corley led off with a single and advanced to third off a fly ball and putout by Catiling Wise and Hillary Pico. Maddison Woodruff would step up and drill a double to the fence that brought pinch runner Alisha Dunnick home for the second time in the contest.
An error on Jenny Hoch’s at-bat would move courtesy runner Jaymee Penrod to third and Hoch at first, but the duo was stranded when Lock was struck out.
Now it was time for the defense to do or die. Woodruff engineered a quick putout on a bunt to first for the first out, and then saw Jenny Hoch field a line drive at third for the second out. Woodruff zeroed in on designated hitter Kelsey Shatto and struck her out to earn the satisfying victory.
Woodruff would surrender just one run with two walks while striking out 14 batters in the win. Emmetsburg got a double and single from Woodruff and Alex Lock, while Kendall Corley had two hits. Morgan Vlasman and Nichole Hasbrouck both added singles to the winning effort.
On Tuesday, the Lady E’Hawks needed just five innings to take a 12-0 win over Algona in a non-conference matchup.
A scoreless first inning was followed by Emmetsburg getting runs from Jenny Hoch and Kendall Corley in the second for a 2-0 advantage. The Lady E’Hawks went down in order in the third, but in the top of the fourth, a hitting clinic resulted.
Frankie Schmidt led off with a walk and Jenny Hoch hit an infield fly to second, but then the hit parade began. Kendall Corley, Tiffany Wollum, Hillary Pico and Maddison Woodruff all blasted out doubles and were followed up by a triple from Nichole Hasbrouck before Alex Lock struck out for the second out.
Morgan Vlasman then hit a triple before schmidt nailed a double and Hoch added a single before the at-bat ended with a strikeout by Corley. When the dust had cleared, eight runs had crossed the plate for a 10-0 lead over the Bulldogs.
In the meantime, Woodruff was mowing down the Algona batters and getting solid support from her teammates on defense.
The Lady E’Hawks would collect two more runs in the top of the fifth, as Wollum and Pico came across the plate, and Woodruff retired the Bulldogs in the bottom of the inning for the win.
Woodruff got the no-hitter for the Lady E’Hawks, striking out 11 in the process, as only one Algona batter got on base in the contest.
For Emmetsburg, the hitting was led by Tiff Wollum with a triple and double, while Nichole Hasbrouck and Morgan Vlasman both added a triple to the effort.
Kendall Corley had two doubles while Alex Lock and Frankie Schmidt both had doubles. Hillary Pico and Maddison Woodruff both had a double and single and Jenny Hoch rapped out two singles.
Emmetsburg hosted Sheldon on Wednesday and will play in the Storm Lake Softball Classic Friday.