Lady E-Hawks Regain Share Of Lakes Lead With Win
ESTHERVILLE?- Whenever Emmetsburg and Estherville Lincoln Central meet on the softball diamond of late, the games have been exciting, action filled contests. Wednesday’s meeting was no exception, as the Lady E-Hawks earned an 8-0 victory to climb back into a share of the Lakes Conference lead with a 6-1 mark.
The Lady E-Hawks opened under less than desireable conditions, though, as courtesy runner Aly Berven got picked off in a double play at first after a popup bunt to third base by Jenny Hoch caught the runner by surprise.
Emmetsburg would strand an ELC?runner in the bottom of the first, and came back up to bat. Nichole Hasbrouck drew a walk, and would advance to come around and score off an error on Kendall Corley’s at-bat with two outs for a 1-0 lead.
Pitcher Maddison Woodruff went to work and fanned all three ELC batters in the bottom of the frame, but the Lady E-Hawks would also go down in order in the top of the third. ELC would get a base hit in the bottom of the third, but left the runner waiting when the inning ended.
In the top of the fourth, Hasbrouck led off with a base rap and scored off a double from Morgan Vlasman to put Emmetsburg up 2-0. The Midgettes got another base hit, but left the runner waiting at second when left fielder Frankie Schmidt out-ran a booming shot by the fence from Sadie Winter to make an over-the-shoulder catch for the third out.
With one out in the top of the fifth, Hillary Pico got on base and took second off an error. A single by Woodruff moved Pico to third before she scored off a passed ball, and courtesy runner Aly Berven would come home off an error on Alex Lock’s at-bat for a 4-0 lead.
An error in the bottom of the fourth would put an ELC?runner on the bag, but no more as Emmetsburg’s defense continued to play tough “D”.
Kendall Corley wold get on base in the top of the sixth, but was left waiting as the Lady E-Hawks struggled a bit on their offense, but shut the Midgettes down in order in the bottom of the inning.
But in the top of the seventh, Emmetsburg ran wild. Maddison Woodruff led off with a single and was followed by a single from Jenny Hoch. A single from Alex Lock loaded the bases and a passed ball on Nichole Hasbrouck’s at-bat brough courtesy runner Aly Berven home. Hoch would come home off a catcher’s error before Morgan Vlasman hit a single that allowed Lock’s courtesy runner, Jayme Penrod, to score off another ELC?error. A sacrifice by Jenny Hoch would score Vlasman’s run before Kendall Corley drove out another single, only to be stranded when the at-bat ended.
ELC?would get a walk in their half of the inning, but no more as Emmetsburg’s defense made the final stops for the win.
Maddison Woodruff got the win, allowing just two hits with nine strikeouts and two walks in seven innings of work.
Emmetsburg got three hits from Woodruff, while Morgan Vlasman added a double and a single tot he effort. Nichole Hasbrouck and Kendall Corley both added two singles to the effort. Jenny Hoch, Alex Lock and Janna Hoch both added base hits to the final tally.
After playing in the Fort Dodge Tournament on Saturday, Emmetsburg faces a full week of games. Starting the second trip through the Lakes Conference on Monday with a trip to Storm Lake, the Lady E-Hawks entertain Algona tonight (Tuesday) in a non-conference matchup. Wednesday, the Lady E-Hawks travel to Spirit Lake to take on the Indians and then return home on Thursday night to host Spencer.
Emmetsburg is off on Friday night, but travel to Garner Saturday to play in the Garner-Hayfield tourney.