Lady E-Hawks Remain Perfect With Conference Wins
Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks remain perfect on the season after four straight wins at the end of last week. Two of those wins were in Lakes Conference games with Storm?Lake and Spirit Lake on Wednesday and Thursday, which gives Emmetsburg a 2-0 mark in the league and 6-0 mark overall on the season.
The Lady E-Hawks started out on Wednesday night with a 3-2 win over Storm Lake in nine innings.
After a scoreless first inning, Storm Lake got on the scoreboard after a triple and single, but Emmetsburg would answer in the bottom of the inning when Nichole Hasbrouck powered a shot over the left field fence for a solo home run.
Storm Lake went down in order in the third, and the Lady E-Hawks added a run when Maddison Woodruff tagged a shot over the left field fence for the second solo round tripper of the game.
The Tornadoes tied the game up in the fourth after a pair of errors and a single allowed Katelyn Goodchild to score and knot the game at 2-2.
The score would stay knotted up through the next four innings, as the contest turned into a pitcher’s duel between Maddison Woodruff and Storm Lake’s Katie Blum. Emmetsburg threatened in the bottom of the seventh when Hillary Pico belted a double but was left waiting when the inning ended.
In the ninth, Storm Lake went down in order and Emmetsburg led off with Kendall Corley punching a double to the center field fence. After moving to third on a passed ball, Corley romped home when Jenny Hoch smacked a single to score the winning and game-ending run.
Woodruff would earn the win in the circle, giving up two runs, one earned, off five hits with 14 strikeouts.
Emmetsburg got home runs from Hasbrouck and Woodruff, along with doubles from Corley and Pico and base hits from Hasbrouck and Jenny Hoch.
Thursday night, the Lady E-Hawks hosted Spirit Lake and claimed a 5-0 win over the Indians. Emmetsburg scored three runs in the second inning, as Kendall Corley, Janna Hoch and Hillary Pico all came over the plate in the inning with two outs, using RBI?singles from Janna Hoch and Jenny Hoch to do the damage.
In the third inning, Emmetsburg added two more runs when Nichole Hasbrouck got on base off a single and was followed on base by Morgan Vlasman, who got on when the center fielder dropped a fly ball. The two would come home to give Emmetsburg the 5-0 lead at the end of the third.
Emmetsburg’s defense was playing well, as Spirit Lake had gone down in order through the fourth inning and was not able to put a runner on base until the top of the fifth inning, when Emily Mercer drew a walk from Woodruff. The walk was for naught as the Indians went down in order after that.
The Lady E-Hawks got back-to-back singles in the bottom of the fifth, but left two stranded when the inning ended.
Spirit Lake got it’s first hit of the game in the top of the sixth inning, but couldn’t do anything with it. Emmetsburg went down in order in the bottom of the sixth, and in the top of the seventh, Spirit Lake got a double, only to leave the runner stranded when the Emmetsburg defense got the final game ending out.
Maddison Woodruff would notch the win, giving up just two hits, while striking out nine and walking one.
For Emmetsburg, Jenny Hoch had a two-RBI?single, while Nichole Hasbrouck had two base hits. Also collecting hits for Emmetsburg were Alex Lock, Morgan Vlasman and Janna Hoch, who also had an RBI?single.
Emmetsburg will travel to LeMars on Wednesday and hosts Western Christian on Friday before hosting their own tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday. Manson Northwest Webster, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and Alta will play in the tournament.