Lady E-Hawks Split At Fort Dodge
FORT?DODGE – Rain washed out the first day of the Fort Dodge Invitational Softball Classic on Friday, but Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawk would play two games on Saturday, earning a split in their appearance at the shortened event.
Emmetsburg defeated Sioux City North by a 7-4 tally Saturday morning, but fell to Clear Creek-Amana 5-1 in the afternoon contest.
Against Sioux City North, Emmetsburg took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning after Maddison Woodruff led off with a single. Courtesy runner Aly Berven would come around to score off a fielders’ choice play on Nichole Hasbrouck’s at-bat to put the Lady E-Hawks up.
After holding the North Stars to a walk in the bottom of the first, Emmetsburg tacked on four runs in the top of the second. Kendall Corley would lead off with a single and was followed by a base hit by Frankie Schmidt. The double would advance as Woodruff hit an RBI?single before Jenny Hoch drew a walk and Alex Lock got on off a fielders’ choice that put runner Aly Berven out. With one out, Hasbrouck got on off a fielders’ choice before Morgan Vlasman belted a single to score two runs, but Berven was put out at third and Hasbrouck was through out trying to steal second to end the opportunity.
Sioux City went down in order after a walk in the second to trail 5-0 to start the third.
The Lady E-Hawks went down in order in the top of the third, and Sioux City put two runs on the board off a walk, a single and a double before being retired.
Emmetsburg added a run in the fourth off a double by Woodruff that saw Berven score off an RBI?single by Alex Lock.
Sioux City stranded a runner in the bottom of the fourth before retiring Emmetsburg in order in the fifth. The North Stars got two runs in the bottom of the fourth off a walk, an error and base hit, but the two teams would trade outs in the sixth before Emmetsburg added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to ice the win after stranding a Sioux City runner to end the game.
Woodruff got the win, allowing four runs, two earned, off four hits with 11 strikeouts and five walks. Woodruff and Vlasman had doubles, while Woodruff had two singles. Vlasman, Corley, Schmidt, Hasbrouck and Lock all added singles to the cause.
Emmetsburg struggled to get the offense working in the second game against Clear Creek-Amana, losing 5-1. The squads traded outs in the first and each stranded runners in the second. Emmetsburg left a runner on in the third, but the Clippers pushed three runs home in the bottom of the third inning, using a pair of singles and a double, along with a walk, to earn the runs.
In the fourth, Emmetsburg got a double from Alex Lock, only to leave her courtesy runner, Miranda Vlasman, waiting at second. The Lady E-Hawks pulled a double play in the bottom of the fourth, as Nichole Hasbrouck caught a line drive shot and stepped on second to put the batter and runner trying to tag up out on the same play.
An exchange of outs followed in the fifth, and Emmetsburg went down in the sixth. Clear Creek-Amana added two runs off an error and walk in the bottom of the sixth for a 5-0 lead.
Morgan Vlasman would lead off the sixth with a double and scored off a sacrifice by Kendall Corley for the only Lady E-Hawk score of the game.
Woodruff took the loss, giving up five runs, two earned, off six hits, with two strikeouts and one walk.
Emmetsburg got doubles from Lock and Vlasman, while Woodruff and Hasbrouck each added singles to the effort.