Emmetsburg Continues Winning Ways On Diamond
Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks improved their season mark to 8-2 in the Lakes Conference and 15-2 overall after wins over Storm Lake on Monday night and Algona on Tuesday.
Starting the second pass through the conference on the road at Storm Lake on Monday, Emmetsburg earned a 5-1 win over the Tornadoes.
The Lady E-Hawks came out of the game strong to score three runs in the opening inning, as Maddison Woodruff would leadoff with a single, and was followed by base hits from Alex Lock, Morgan Vlasman and Nichole Hasbrouck that would score three of the four, with Hasbrouck stranded to end the at-bat. Storm Lake was retired in order to end the first inning as the Lady E-Hawks prepared to bat again.
In the second, Emmetsburg added a run from Frankie Schmidt after she got on off an error, and came around to score off a single by Woodruff for a 4-0 lead. Playing strong defense, the Lady E-Hawks got a three-strikeout effort from Woodruff in the bottom of the frame.
Emmetsburg would strand two runners in the third, and in the bottom of the third, Storm Lake finally erased their goose-egg on the scoreboard off a single by Megan Thompson, who would score off an RBI single by Slone Masters to make the score 4-1.
However, the Lady E-Hawks would answer the Tornadoes in the top of the fourth, as Jenny Hoch got on off an error and made her way around the bases to score off an RBI?single from Nichole Hasbrouck before the at-bat ended.
Storm Lake was retired in order in the bottom of the frame, but Emmetsburg would suffer the same fate to start the fifth. The Tornadoes had the favor returned to them by the Emmetsburg defense, but Emmetsburg went down in order again in the sixth. Storm Lake would get a single in the bottom of the sixth but no more, stranding the runner.
In the final inning, both teams traded outs, as Woodruff would end the game on a high-note by striking out the Storm Lake batters in order to ice the 5-1 win.
Woodruff went the distance, allowing one run, earned, off five hits, with 13 strikeouts.
For Emmetsburg, Woodruff had a double and single with an RBI, while Nichole Hasbrouck had two singles and RBIs. Morgan Vlasman added an RBI?single, while Alex Lock and Kendall Corley each added base hits to the effort.
The next evening, the Lady E-Hawks hosted Algona and claimed a 4-0 win over the Bulldogs.
Algona would struggle in the first couple of innings, going down in order each time. The Lady E-Hawks would get a single from Alex Lock in the first, but no more. In the bottom of the second, however, Emmetsburg went to work.
Nichole Hasbrouck led off with a booming double into the center field and came around to score off an error on Kendall Corley’s at-bat. Corley would work her way around the basepaths as Frankie Schmidt got on base off an error as well.
With runners in scoring position, Hillary Pico stepped to the plate and planted one short into right center that allowed both Corley and Schmidt to score their runs, but Pico would be stranded at third to end the inning with a 3-0 advantage for the Lady ?E-Hawks.
In the top of the third, Algona went down two outs, but got a single through the gap that was followed by an error to put runners in scoring position. However, the Emmetsburg defense didn’t panic, and got a great catch in center field from Pico to end the threat and preserve the Lady E-Hawk lead.
Emmetsburg would go down two outs in their half of the third, but got Hasbrouck on base off a single, only to leave the senior shortstop waiting when the inning ended.
Algona was retired in order in the top of the fourth, while Emmetsburg got a big double out of Pico, only to leave the slugger waiting again when the inning ended.
It was three-up and three down in the fifth for Algona and Emmetsburg came up to bat. Aly Berven led off with a single and worked around after Alex Lock was walked. However, a bunt attempt by Morgan ?Vlasman sailed right to the third baseman’s glove, and quickly became a double-play as Lock’s courtesy runner, ?Jaymee Penrod, was thrown out trying to tag back at first.
Berven would come around to score off an RBI double by Hasbrouck that would give Emmetsburg a 5-1 lead when the inning ended.
Algona got a base hit in the top of the sixth but no more and Emmetsburg would leave Pico stranded after an error in the bottom of the inning.
The Bulldogs would try to rally in the seventh, but were retired in order to end the game with the 5-1 victory for the Lady E-Hawks.
Maddison Woodruff earned the win, facing 24 batters in seven innings of work and allowing just two hits while striking out 10.
Emmetsburg got a stellar hitting performance from Nichole Hasbrouck, who hit two doubles and a single for an RBI. Hillary Pico added a double and single for a pair of RBIs, while Jenny Hoch, Alex Lock and Aly Berven each added a hit to the winning effort. Kendall Corley was also credited for an RBI off the error that put her on base in the second inning.
After a contest at Spirit Lake on Wednesday, Emmetsburg returns home to host Spencer on Thursday, then plays in the Garner-Hayfield Tournament on Saturday at Garner.