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Lady E’Hawks Take Lakes Crown

By Staff | Jul 9, 2009

ATTRACTING?A?CROWD - Emmetsburg center fielder Hillary Pico, partially hidden, is congratulated by shortstop Nichole Hasbrouck, right, and left fielder Caitlin Wise after making a running catch of a fly ball during the final stages of ?Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Spencer. With the win, Emmetsburg finished the regular season with a 26-5 pverall mark and 14-2 standing in the Lakes Conference. Emmetsburg claimed the conference title outright with the win. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg claimed the Lakes Conference Championship Monday night with a 10-0 shellacking of Storm Lake, and put the icing on the season with a 2-0 win over Spencer on Tuesday. The regular season ends with Coach Travis Birkey’s Lady E’Hawks posting a 26-5 mark overall and a 14-2 mark in the conference.

On Monday, Emmetsburg traveled to Storm Lake for a contest with the Tornadoes and gave a hitting clinic as they pounded out 16 hits in a 10-0 blanking over the green and white.

The Lady E’Hawks opened iwth four hits in the first inning. Maddison Woodruff and Jenny Hoch both had singles and Alex Lock brought the first run home with a double, before Nichole Hasbrouck smacked a double to score Hoch and Lock’s runs for a 3-0 advantage. Storm Lake would strand one runner after a single in their half of the inning.

Emmetsburg went down in order in the second and stranded a Tornado runner in the bottom of the inning. Emmetsburg would come up with four hits in the top of the third, as Hoch and Lock both had singles and Hasbrouck once again pounded a double to score her two teammates. Hasbrouck would come around to score off a double by Morgan Vlasman, but Vlasman and Frankie Schmidt were left waiting on base when the at-bat ended.

Storm?Lake went down in order as Emmetsburg was enjoying the 6-0 lead to start the fourth.

Emmetsburg would get a single from Woodruff, only to have her put out on Hoch’s fielders’ choice, but Lock drew a walk and Kendall Corley got on off a fielder’s choice that put Hoch out at third before Hasbrouck struck out to end the opportunity.

Once again, the Tornadoes went down in order to end the fourth and Emmetsburg took over in the top of the fifth by putting Vlasman on base off an error at short. A single by Schmidt was followed by infield flies for both Caitlin Wise and Hillary Pico, but Woodruff came up with a base rap to score Vlasman, but the two runners were left waiting.

Good defense shut Storm?Lake down in order for a third inning as Emmetsburg now held a 7-0 lead to start the sixth inning.

Alex Lock drew a walk, but was put out at second on Corley’s fielders’ choice. A single by Hasbrouck was followed by a base rap by Vlasman that brought Corley over the plate. Hasbrouck would take third off a fielders’ choice on Schmidt’s at-bat and came home off a single by Wise before the side was retired.

Storm Lake managed a single in the bottom of the sixth but no more as the Lady E’Hawk defense played a particularly stingy game.

To lead off the seventh, Maddison Woodruff nailed her fourth base hit of the game, and worked her way around the bases off a single by Hoch and a fly ball on Lock’s at-bat. A fielders’ choice on Corley allowed Woodruff to score the run for the 10-0 lead when the at-bat ended.

Storm Lake fell victim to Woodruff in the circle in the bottom of the inning, as the hurler struck out the first two batters and then fielded a bunt for a put-out at first to end the game.

Woodruff would surrender just three hits in the win, while striking out 11 batters. Woodruff also had four hits, while teammates Alex Lock and Morgan Vlasman both had doubles and singles. Jenny Hoch had three hits, while Nichole Hasbrouck had two doubles and a single, with Frankie Schmidt and Caitlin Wise both adding hits.

With the conference title in hand, the Lady E’Hawks hosted Spencer on Tuesday and came up with a 2-0 win in a defensive battle.

After retiring Spencer in order in the top of the first, the Lady E’Hawks got a pair of singles from Hoch and Lock, and scored both their runs off a double from Nichole Hasbrouck.

The 2-0 lead at the end of the first inning would stand through the remainder of the contest.

The two teams traded outs in the second before Spencer got a runner in the third off an error, but left the runner waiting. Emmetsburg got a single from Woodruff and Corley in the third, but left the runners waiting. After retiring Spencer in order in the fourth, Emmetsburg got a single from Frankie Schmidt in the bottom of the fourth, but no more.

An exchange of outs followed in the fifth and sixth innings, and in the top of the seventh, Woodruff struck out all three batters to end the regular season on a very positive note.

Woodruff fanned eight in the shut-out, while adding a single to the effort. Nichole Hasbrouck added two hits, while Jenny Hoch, Kendall Corley and Frankie Schmidt all added singles to the effort.

The tournament trail begins tonight (Thursday, July 9) at 7 p.m. in Emmetsburg when the Lady E’Hawks play host to Pocahontas Area. Should Emmetsburg win , they would play Friday, July 10, at 7 p.m. in Emmetsburg against the winner of the Rockwell City-Lytton vs Manson Northwest Webster game.