Lady E’Hawks Building Towards Post Season With Wins
Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks are building towards the post season as they won three games at the end of last week to improve to 24-5 overall on the season and 11-2 in the Lakes Conference race.
Emmetsburg pitcher Maddison Woodruff struck Sheldon out in order to start the game, and the Lady E’Hawks took over, leading off with Woodruff getting on board off an error. A sacrifice moved courtesy runner Alisha Dunnick to second before Alex Lock belted a double to bring Dunnick home. Allyson Berven took over on the bases for Lock, and moved around on an error before coming home and scoring a run after the throw popped out of Sheldon catcher Liz Ihnen’s glove after a collision at the plate.
With a 2-0 lead to start the second, Emmetsburg’s defense went to work and retired the Orabs in order. However, the favor was returned by Sheldon to end the second frame. It was more of the same in the third, as Sheldon went down in order once again.
The Lady E’Hawks got a single from Lock in the bottom of the third, but left her stranded when the inning ended.
Sheldon go their first hit of the game in the top of the fourth but no more, as Emmetsburg also stranded a runner in their half of the inning. The Orabs left runner sat first and second in the fifth, as did the Lady E’Hawks and in the sixth, both teams stranded one runner after singles.
Sheldon led off the seventh with a single, but left the runner waiting at second when Woodruff induced a putout at first on a bunt and then struck out the batters to end the game.
Woodruff got the win, giving up five hits in seven innings, with 14 strikeouts.
Emmetsburg got a double and single from Alex Lock and a single from Jenny Hoch.
The Lady E’Hawks traveled to Storm Lake on Friday to play in the Storm Lake Classic softball tournament and earned a 4-0 win over Woodbury Central and a 5-1 win over St. Edmonds of Fort Dodge before rain halted the tournament as the Lady E’Hawks were leading Sioux Central.
Against Woodbury Central, Emmetsburg gave a good defensive effort, allowing just one hit in the contest, but struggled offensively until the fifth inning, when the offense clicked.
After retiring Woodbury Central in order in the top of the fifth, Emmetsburg led off with Hillary Pico rapping out a single. A dropped third strike on Woodruff’s at bat put the pitcher on base and a single from Frankie Schmidt score Pico. After a fly ball by Lock, Kendall Corley rapped out a triple to score Woodruff and Schmidt before Morgan Vlasman struck out. A single by Nichole Hasbrouck would score Corley before Jenny Hoch was put out to end the inning.
The Lady E’Hawks retired Woodbury Central in order in the sixth, but suffered the same fate, only to shut down their opponents to take the 4-0 win.
Maddison Woodruff tallied the win, going seven inning and allowing just one hit in the contest, while issuing one walk and striking out 10 batters. For the Lady E’Hawks, Corley had a triple while Jenny Hoch had a double and single. Frankie Schmidt had two singles, while Alex Lock, Nichole Hasbrouck and Hillary Pico all added singles to the effort.
In the second game at the classic, the Lady E’Hawks met up with the Gaels of Fort Dodge St. Edmonds for a possible tournament preview matchup, but Emmetsburg persevered for a 5-1 victory.
The Lady E’Hawks started with a good defensive effort, getting a pair of strikeouts from reserve pitcher Faith Schmidt.
Emmetsburg came up in the bottom of the first and promptly scored two runs. Allyson Berven got on base off a lead-off walk, and came around to score off a double by Lock. Lock’s run would score off a double from Faith Schmidt to give the Lady E’Hawks a 2-0 lead.
St. Edmonds would strand two runners in the top of the second, but Emmetsburg would go down in order. The Gaels would score a run in the top of the third off an error and a base hit, but left their runner stranded to make the score 2-1. Emmetsburg would strand a runner in the bottom of the inning, but came up with a good defensive effort in the top of the fourth, forcing the Gaels to once again leave a runner stranded on base in their half of the inning.
Clinging to the 2-1 lead, Emmetsburg got some offensive results in their half of the inning. Faith Schmidt led off with a double and came around to score off a single by Caitlin Wise to make the score 3-1.
St. Ed’s left a runner at first in the fifth inning, while Emmetsburg managed to get Alex Lock to third before stranding her when the inning ended.
The sixth inning went the same way for St. Edmonds, as they left a runner waiting at first when the Emmetsburg defense made the stop with a big strikeout by Schmidt.
In the bottom of the sixth, Emmetsburg led off with a single by Jenny Hoch that was followed by an RBI double from Caitlin Wise to bring Hoch over the plate. Wise would move around off a pair of fly balls until she crossed the plate off a double by Ally Berven. Berven was left waiting when the inning ended with Emmetsburg now holding a 5-1 lead. St. Ed’s would get a single in the seventh but no more as Emmetsburg took the win.
Faith Schmidt went the distance, striking out nine and issuing one walk with six hits and one run.
Schmidt had a pair of doubles, while Caitlin Wise, Ally Berven and Alex Lock all had doubles. Jenny Hoch and Tiffany Wollum both added singles.
Emmetsburg will host Spencer tonight (Tuesday) and enters Tournament play Thursday when they host Pocahontas Area at 7 p.m. at the EHS?softball field.