Lady E’Hawks Advance To Semi-Final
FORT DODGE – It took just one run to win a game, but it took much more than a run on a scoreboard – it took heart, determination and the desire to take care of unfinished business.
Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks did just that Monday night in a 1-0 win over Riverside of Oakland in the quarter final round of Class 2A Softball tournament action at the 2009 Girls State Softball Tournament at Fort Dodge.
A steady drizzle turned into a gentle sprinkle during the fourth inning, but the two ball clubs played on.
For Emmetsburg, it was another stellar pitching performance from Maddison Woodruff, who gave up no hits and only allowed one baserunner in seven innings, facing 22 batters and striking out 15 batters with just one walk.
Emmetsburg did its damage in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Kendall Corley ripped a triple to the right center field fence. After a strikeout by Nichole Hasbrouck, Morgan Vlasman, playing on a sore ankle from last week’s regional final, stepped up and belted a base hit that would bring Corley home for the lone run of the contest. Frankie Schmidt would add a base hit, but Vlasman and Schmidt were stranded when the inning ended, but it was enough.
The win advances Emmetsburg into a 6 p.m. Semi-final matchup against Bondurant-Farrar on Thursday night at the Rogers Athletic Complex in Fort Dodge.
A full account of Monday’s game will be found in the Thursday issue of The Democrat.