Lady E’Hawks Heading To State
With a final swing of a bat, Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks earned a return trip to the State Softball Tournament Wednesday in a 10-0 domination of Fort Dodge St. Edmonds. The class 2A Regional Final victory at Harlan Rogers Park in Fort Dodge improves Emmetsburg to 30-5 on the year.
Emmetsburg will open the 2009 tournament on Monday night, July 20, in an 8 p.m. contest against Riverside (19-9), who defeated Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto on Wednesday night.
Needless to say, the Lady E’Hawks were pumped about earning the return trip to the big show, but there’s an underlying motivation for the team. Emmetsburg made it to the 2008 State Softball Tournament, but lost two games before rains played havoc with the tournament and canceled the consolation round games.
Simply put, Emmetsburg was there, but never officially placed – sort of like being in limbo for the past year. Now, with a return trip to the big dance, the Lady E’Hawks want to make sure there is no more “limbo” for their program at the state tournament.
In Wednesday night’s game, pitcher Maddison Woodruff worked her magic, along with tremendous defensive support from her teammates, to not allow a St. Ed’s runner on base until the bottom of the seventh, with two outs. Then, Woodruff closed out the job with her tenth strikeout of the game for her sixth no-hitter of the season.
Aided by nine St. Edmond’s errors throughout the game, Emmetsburg pushed 10 runs over the plate, only five of which were earned off St. Ed hurler Jordan Florey, who gave up eight hits to the Lady E’Hawks.
Emmetsburg got a triple from Jenny Hoch, doubles from Alex Lock and Kendall Corley, and a pair of singles from Woodruff, while Morgan Vlasman, Janna Hoch and Hillary Pico all added singles to the effort.