Lady E-Hawks Falter At LeMars
LeMARS – There’s just something about playing in LeMars that the Emmetsburg Lady E-Hawks haven’t gotten a handle on. Once again, the trip to the ice cream capital of the world was no treat for the Lady E-Hawks, who lost their first contest of the season in a 2-0 decision Wednesday night.
The loss dropped the Lady E-Hawks to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the league.
Emmetsburg would open with a pair of quick outs in the opening inning before Alex Lock rapped out a single, only to be left on base when Nichole Hasbrouck hit a line drive to the left fielder to end the at-bat. LeMars would open with a leadoff triple that would turn into a run off a fly ball to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead when the inning ended.
Emmetsburg went down in order in the second, but returned the favor to the Bulldogs in the bottom of the inning to maintain the 1-0 score. The third inning went the same way, with both teams trading outs in their at-bats off the pitching duel between Maddison Woodruff and Jordan Heidebrink.
In the top of the fourth, Alex Lock drew a walk, but courtesy runner Aly Berven would be put out on the force at second off a fielders’ choice of Nichole Hasbrouck’s at-bat, as Hasbrouck was left waiting at first.
LeMars would get a walk and a base hit in the bottom of the fourth, but a strikeout and put out left the two Bulldog runners waiting for a way home.
Emmetsburg tried to mount a threat in the top of the fifth inning as Janna Hoch led off with a single. A fielder’s choice on Morgan Vlasman’s at-bat put Hoch out at second on the force, and Vlasman would suffer a similar fate when Frankie Schmidt hit into a fielders’ choice. Schmidt would be left waiting at first when the opportunity ended.
The defense held firm for Emmetsburg, as they sat LeMars down in order in the bottom of the fifth, leaving the game static at 1-0 to start the sixth inning.
Maddison Woodruff led off with a base hit, but good defense by LeMars would put Woodruff out at second on a fielders’ choice of Jenny Hoch’s at-bat. Hoch would move to second after Nichole Hasbrouck was walked, but a fielders’ choice on Kendall Corley with two out put Hoch out at third to end the at-bat.
LeMars led off the bottom of the sixth with a single from Emily Anderson that was followed by an error that put a runner on base. A fielders’ choice would bring Anderson over the plate for the Bulldogs, but teammate Bailey Heidebrink was tagged out at third by Jenny Hoch. A pair of strikeouts by Woodruff would end the inning with the Bulldogs leading 2-0.
Emmetsburg had one last chance in the top of the seventh, as Morgan Vlasman got on off an error and made it to third. Frankie Schmidt got on base off a fielders’ choice, but with one out, Hillary Pico and Woodruff were struck out to end the rally hopes and the game.
Maddison Woodruff took the loss, giving up two runs, one earned, off four hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts. Woodruff, Alex Lock and Janna Hoch would each have singles for Emmetsburg’s offensive production