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Open Post Season With Wins

By Staff | Jul 14, 2009

NICE?HIT! - Coach Travis Birkey high-fives Caitlin Wise as she rounds third after her solo home run against Manson Northwest Webster in the Regional Quarterfinal Saturday night. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks needed an extra night to get the job done, but they opened the post-season with a pair of shutout victories over Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer and Manson Northwest Webster.

The wins improved Emmetsburg to 28-5 going into Monday’s Class 2A Regional Semifinal in Humboldt against Eagle Grove.

The post season opened Thursday night, albeit with an hour’s delay due to a heavy rain around 4:30, but with hard work by several parents and fans, the Emmetsburg diamond was ready for play at 8 p.m.

The Maidens of Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer got a walk and fielders’ choice in the top of the first, but no more, while Emmetsburg got a big double from catcher Alex Lock, only to see the hit go for naught to end the inning.

The Maidens were retired in order in the top of the second, and Emmetsburg led off with Nichole Hasbrouck getting on board off an error, to be followed by Morgan Vlasman getting on off an identical error. A sacrifice by Frankie Schmidt advanced her teammates bfore a single by Caitlin Wise scored the two runs for a 2-0 lead when the inning ended.

Unfortunately, so would the game – for 24 hours – as a second storm approached with vivid lightning, prompting the umpires to suspend the game until Friday.

A day later, with much-improved weather, the game resumed, but for the Maidens, their luck did not.

Emmetsburg’s Maddison ?Woodruff retired the Maidens in order in the third, and Emmetsburg plated two runs, off a pair of doubles by Alex Lock and Kendall Corley. Corley’s double scored Allyson Berven, running for Lock, and Corley would come home to score off a sacrifice on Nichole Hasbrouck’s at-bat to give Emmetsburg a 4-0 lead.

It was three up and three down in the top of the fourth for the Maidens, but the Lady E’Hawks led off with an error to put Frankie Schmidt on base, and Schmidt would come around to score after a base hit by Wise and an error off Jenny Hoch’s at-bat.

The Maidens simply couldn’t get anything going in the top of the fifth, and Emmetsburg came up with wend wild. Kendall Corley led off with a single and was followed by a single by Nichole Hasbrouck before an error on Morgan Vlasman’s at bat let Corley and Hasbrouck score their runs. A single by Schmidt was followed by a single by Wise , but Vlasman would score off a single by hillary Pico to make the score 8-0. An error on Maddison Woodruff’s at bat allowed Schmidt to plate her run, but the game ended when Jenny Hoch rapped out a single that sent Pico scampering home for the winning run under the 10-run rule.

Maddison Woodruff got the win, striking out 11 batters and issuing one walk in the no-hitter.

For Emmetsburg, Alex Lock had two doubles, while Kendall Corley had a double and single. Caitlin Wise had three singles, while jenny Hoch, Frankie Schmidt, Hillary Pico and Nichole Hasbrouck all had base hits.

Saturday evening, the Lady E’Hawks host Manson Northwest Webster, and claimed an 8-0 decision in a one-hitter.

The two teams traded outs in the first and second innings, but after the Cougars went down in order in the third, the Lady E’Hawks took over.

With one out, Caitlin Wise found a pitch to her liking and lifted it over the left field fence for a solo homer. Maddison Woodruff would added a single, as would Jenny Hoch, but the duo were stranded when the inning ended.

Now trailing 1-0, Manson went down in order in the top of the fourth. The Lady E’Hawks led off the bottom of the inning with a big double by Kendall Corley and followed it up with an error on Nichole Hasbrouck’s at-bat. A sacrifice by Morgan Vlasman put the runners in scoring position before Corley scored off a wild pitch. Frankie Schmidt rapped out a base hit to score Hasbrouck before Hillary Pico got on base off an error, but Schmidt and Pico were left waiting as Emmetsburg too a 3-0 lead to start the fifth inning.

Manson got a base runner in the top of the fifth off a single and followed up with a fielders’ choice, but left a runner waiting at first.

Emmetsburg picked up where they’d left off, starting the fifth with a walk of Hoch before an out. An error on Corley’s at-bat allowed Hoch to come home and was then followed by a pair of singles from Hasbrouck and Vlasman, with Vlasman’s hit scoring both Corley and Hasbrouck.

A sacrifice by Schmidt scored Vlasman to give the Lady E’Hawks a 7-0 advantage when the inning ended.

It was three up and three down for the Maidens in the top of the sixth, and Emmetsburg got a single from Woodruff with one out and courtesy runner Jayme Penrod came around to score off Alex Lock’s single before the at bat ended.

Trailing 8-0, Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer went down in order one final time to give Emmetsburg the wind.

Maddison Woodruff surrendered just one hit in seven innings, while striking out 11 Cougar batters.

Caitlin Wise sparked the offense with her solo home run, while Kendall Corley had a double. Woodruff added two singles, while Hoch, Lock, Hasbrouck, Vlasman and Schmidt all added base hits to the effort.