Home Run Derby At Cherokee For Lady E-Hawks
CHEROKEE – It’s the kind of game night every coach hopes for – great pitching, great defense and outstanding hitting. Emmetsburg Coach Travis Birkey got his wish Monday when the Lady E-Hawks earned a 12-0 shutout win over Cherokee. The win was a no-hitter for hurler Maddison Woodruff and featured not one, not two, not even three – but four home run shots by the Lady E-Hawks.
The stars aligned early in the game when Maddison Woodruff took the first pitch of the game over the left field fence for a leadoff solo home run. After two outs, Nichole Hasbrouck got on off an error and scored off a double from Alex Lock for a 2-0 lead. The Braves went down in order on strikeouts by Woodruff to end the inning.
Neither team made use of the second inning, but in the third, Emmetsburg led off with a single by Aly Berven, who scored off a two run blast over the left field fence from Nichole Hasbrouck for a 4-0 advantage. Cherokee would go down in order again, as Emmetsburg was giving its pitcher solid defensive support.
In the top of the fourth, Hillary Pico got a single and came around to score off a double from Woodruff for a 5-0 advantage. Another three-up and three-down ensued for the Braves and Emmetsburg went back on the offense in the fifth.
Nichole Hasbrouck led off with an error, and got a free trip home when Alex Lock crushed the ball over the left field fence for the third dinger of the night. Janna Hoch would get on base off an error, but was put out at second off an error on Kendall Corley’s at-bat. Corley would work around the bases off a double by Frankie Schmidt and a walk from Pico before scoring off a sac fly by Woodruff for a 8-0 lead.
The Braves put a runner on base in the bottom of the fifth off an error, but went down in order after that.
To open the sixth, Morgan Vlasman stepped to the plate and pounded a shot over the fence in left for a solo home run that would bring about a pitching change for Cherokee.
Emmetsburg responded with three walks, a single and double to score Hasbrouck, Hoch and Corley, while leaving Pico and Woodruff waiting when the at-bat ended.
Cherokee would go down in order in the bottom of the sixth to bring the game to a close by the 10-run rule with the 12-0 final tally.
Maddison Woodruff earned the win by throwing the no-hitter and striking out 13 batters, with one walk in six innings of work.
Emmetsburg’s offense was paced by Alex Lock with a home run, double and two singles, while Woodruff added a home run and two doubles to the effort. Morgan Vlasman and Nichole Hasbrouck both added home run shots to the cause, while Hillary Pico and Aly Berven both tallied base hits in the 12-hit effort by the Lady E-Hawks. Woodruff would tally five RBI’s in the contest, with Lock adding three RBI’s and two RBI’s from Hasbrouck.
After a trip to ELC?Wednesday, Emmetsburg will play Friday and Saturday, in the Fort Dodge Tournament. The Lady E-Hawks will start out action at 11 a.m. Friday against Sioux City North, and if victorious, would play again at 5 p.m. Friday against the winner of North Sentral Kossuth and Clear Creek-Amana at Rogers Park in Fort Dodge.