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Pink Out Game A Success

By Staff | Jun 2, 2010

FIGHT?LIKE?A?GIRL - Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks were joined by their guests from West Hancock, as well as four honorary team captains and representatives of the American Cancer Society prior to the start of their season opener last Wednesday night as part of Emmetsburg’s “Pink Out”?for Cancer awareness. Lady E-Hawk team captains Maddison Woodruff, Nichole Hasbrouck and Caitlin Wise presented a check for $2,000 to Jenny Smith of the Iowa Affiliate of the American Cancer Society, the proceeds of the team’s T-Shirt sales campaign. The four honorary captains, Debbie Walsh, Ava Swift, Renee Minnehan and Joe Glaser, were also honored with pink softballs autographed by each member of the Lady E-Hawk Softball team. Emmetsburg would go on to win the contest by a 6-2 tally. -- Dan Voigt photo

“Fight Like A Girl” wasn’t  an insult on Wednesday night – it was a rallying cry for Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks, their fans and guests from West Hancock as Emmetsburg hosted a “Pink Out”?night for Cancer Awareness. The game was also Emmetsburg’s first outing of the season, and the hosts scored a satisfying 6-2 win, but more importantly, did their part to help in the ongoing fight against cancer.

Pre-game ceremonies featured the introduction of four Honorary Team Captains; Debbie Walsh, Ava Swift, Renee Minnehan and Joe Glaser, who were honored with autographed pink softballs from the Lady E-Hawks.

Additionally, the Lady E-Hawks, through their T-Shirt fundraiser, donated $2,000 to the American Cancer Society for ongoing research.

With the ceremonies out of the way, the two teams settled in to play some softball The Lady E-Hawks got out to an early lead in the bottom of the second inning as three straight singles by Nichole Hasbrouck, Kendall Corley and Morgan Vlasman would see Corley come home off Vlasman’s RBI?single, after Hasbrouck was thrown out.

The 1-0 lead held until the fourth inning, when West Hancock took advantage of an error to put their second runner of the game on base. On the next at bat, Cassie Sonius found a pitch to her liking and was able to send it over the left field fence for a two-run homer to take the lead in the contest.

However, Emmetsburg wouldn’t let the deficit stand. Nichole Hasbrouck led off drawing a walk before Kendall Corley rapped out a base hit. A fielders’ choice error  put Morgan Vlasman on base as Hasbrouck came home to score and Corley came home off a passed ball. After Caitlin Wise struck out, Alyson Berven was hit by a pitch to get on base and Vlasman moved to third off a sacrifice by Hillary Pico.

A double by Maddison Woodruff would allow Vlasman and Berven to score their runs before Frankie Schmidt rapped out a double to score Woodruff’s courtesy runner, Jayme Penrod. Schmidt would languish at third when Alex Lock was put out to end the inning with a 6-2 lead.

West Hancock would threaten with a single in the fifth and a pair of base hits in the sixth, but left their runners stranded in each case. The Lady E-Hawks would get a base hit from Hasbrouck in the fifth, but leave Berven and Pico stranded to end the sixth before claiming the win.

Maddison Woodruff got the with, going seven innings and surrendering two runs off four hits with one walk while striking out 15.

Emmetsburg got doubles from Woodruff and Schmidt, while Hasbrouck and Corley both had two singles and Morgan Vlasman added a base hit to the effort.