Lady E’Hawks Finish Second At State
FORT?DODGE – While it wasn’t exactly the outcome they’d hoped for, Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks brought home a trophy from the 2009 State Softball Championships.
Emmetsburg would come up a run short in a 1-0 heartbreaker to BCL-UW in the championship game on Friday night at the Rogers Sports complex in Fort Dodge, ending their season with a 32-6 mark overall.
“We had a couple of chances to score, but just couldn’t take advantage,” noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Travis Birkey. “We knew coming in that we’d have to string some hits together, which we were unable to do. Sometimes that’s just the way it goes, unfortunately.”
Emmetsburg looked to make the early noise in their half of the first, getting Jenny Hoch and Alex Lock both on base off errors, only to leave the two runners stranded.
Maddison Woodruff would do her part by striking out the first six Comets, but in the third, BCL-UW would put two runners on base off back-to-back singles, and got a run over the plate with two outs off a single by Allison Sharp, bringing Sarah McCoy over the plate for what would be the winning run.
“We have to give them a lot of credit for manufacturing that run,” Birkey said. “That turned out to be the difference in the end.”
In the meantime, Emmetsburg struggled against the Comets’ Jamie Fisher, but in the fifth inning, Frankie Schmidt beat out a throw to first for an infield hit, but was left waiting at second when the inning ended.
With their backs against the wall, the E’Hawks put two more runners on base in the sixth, before Fisher worked out of the jam with another patented strikeout.
The Comets would get a single in the sixth, but would leave a runner stranded by the Emmetsburg defense. The Lady E’Hawks would put Alex Lock on base in the bottom of the sixth off an error, and Nichole Hasbrouck hammered a base hit, but the two runners wre left waiting once again to set up the seventh and decisive inning.
The?Comets would go down in order in the top of the inning, and then it was Emmetsburg’s turn.
With their backs against the wall, the Lady E’Hawks were struck out in order in their final at-bat to settle for second place in Class 2A
Maddison Woodruff would be charged with the loss, giving up six hits and one run, while striking out 14. Woodruff also broke a State Tournament record by striking out 40 batters in the Lady E’Hawks’ three tournament games.
Emmetsburg’s hits came from Frankie Schmidt and Nichole Hasbrouck.
While there was disappointment in now being able to win the top honor, Birkey and the Lady E’Hawks are already thinking about next season, especially since there were no seniors on this year’s team. “We had a great season,” said Birkey. “Going 32-6 is quite an achievement, but we know we’ll have a big target on our back next year, so we’ll have to stay focused.”