Lady E-Hawks Claim Own Tourney Title
It’s always good to win a weekend tournament, and it’s even more satisfying when you are the host team. Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks did just that on Saturday by downing Alta and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn to win the Lady E-Hawk Tournament.
After delaying the start two hours, Emmetsburg opened with an 8-1 victory over Alta in the tournament opener.
Playing as the visitors after the coin toss, the Lady E-Hawks and Maddison Woodruff kept Alta at bay with solid pitching and equally solid defensive support of her teammates through the first three innings before the Cyclones could get a baserunner.
On the offensive side, Emmetsburg scored two runs in the second inning and three more in the third inning using walks and solid hitting to score the runs.
The Emmetsburg defense continued to deny Alta through the next three innings, while the Lady E-Hawks tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning for an 8-0 lead, but in the bottom of the seventh, with two outs, Alta managed to string together three hits to push a run over the plate to avoid the shutout.
Woodruff would get the win, allowing just one run off three hits while striking out 13 batters. Emmetsburg got a double and single from both Morgan Vlasman and Aly Berven, while Janna Hoch had three hits and Kendall Corley added two singles. Maddison Woodruff, Jenny Hoch and Frankie Schmidt all added hits to the winning effort.
For the title game, the Lady E-Hawks matched up with Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and came away with a 9-0 shutout victory. Once again playing as the visitors, Emmetsburg was a bit slow getting on the scoreboard, as the two teams traded outs in the first two innings.
The Lady E-Hawks plated a pair of runs in the top of the third off an error and two base hits and then held the Hawks to a walk and a single in their half of the inning for a 2-0 lead.
Another run was tallied by the Lady E-Hawks in the top of the fourth and HMS?was retired in order to set up the big fifth inning.
Emmetsburg led off with an error, and then got a double from Nichole Hasbrouck that would prompt a pitching change for HMS. The move didn’t help, as Morgan Vlasman would follow with a single to score Janna Hoch and a sac fly by Alex Lock brought Hasbrouck home. Vlasman came home off a base hit by Kendall Corley that would push Emmetsburg out to a 6-0 advantage when the at-bat ended.
HMS would get a base hit and a walk, but their scoring threat was stopped on a fielders’ choice throw from Caitlin Wise at third to Alex Lock at home to tag the runner for the final out of the inning.
Emmetsburg plated a run in the sixth off a single by Hillary Pico for a 7-0 lead, but the defense stopped HMS?with two runners waiting to come home. In the final at-bat, Lock would get on base with a single as Kendall Corley stepped up to the plate and jacked the first pitch over the right-center field fence for the two run homer and 9-0 lead.
The Lady E-Hawks settled into the defensive mode a last time and stranded the lone Hawk runner to end the game with the win.
Woodruff would go the distance, giving up two hits with six walks and 10 strikeouts.
Kendall Corley had the home run shot and a pair of singles, while Nichole Hasbrouck had a double and single. Hillary Pico had two hits, while Janna Hoch, Morgan Vlasman and Alex Lock all added base hits to the victorious effort.