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Lady E-Hawks Hitting Stride With Season Winding Down

By Staff | Jun 29, 2010

DOUBLE?PLAY - Nichole Hasbrouck, left, steps on second for the force over Ashely Mahrt of Spencer and throws to first to double up Amy McLaury in the first inning of Emmetsburg’s 6-0 win over Spencer Thursday night. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks are hitting a solid strid with four wins in the last half of the week. With the post season starting in 10 days time, the drive to peak is coming at the right time for the Lady E-Hawks, who improved to 19-2 with a pair of wins at the Garner-Hayfield Tournament on Saturday and conference wins over Spirit Lake and Spencer to improve to 9-1 in the league.

Wednesday night Emmetsburg manhandled Spirit Lake in a 14-0 shutout in five innings.

The Lady E-Hawks struck early and often, pushing four runs over the plate in the opening inning, using singles by Maddison Woodruff, Hillary Pico, Alex Lock, Morgan Vlasman, Jenny hock and a double from Nichole Hasbrouck to take command of the game.

The defense would shut the Indians down and in the top of the second, Woodruff would lead off with a single. Courtesy runner Aly Berven scored off a double from Pico, and Pico would come home when Alex Lock pounded a two-run homer over the left field fence to make the score 7-0.

Spirit Lake stranded a runner off a walk in the second, and in the top of the third, Emmetsburg added a run when Janna hock ribbed a double to center field, and came around to score off an RBI?double from Frankie Schmidt.

Trailing 8-0, Spirit Lake got its only hit in the game in the bottom of the third, but left Ali Gerking waiting at second.

Nichole Hasbrouck led off the top of the fourth with a single, and scored off a passed ball after Morgan Vlasman walked. Kendall Corley got on base off an error  and Vlasman came home, to be followed by Corley when Jenny Hoct drew a walk and Janna hock rapped out an RBI?single. However, the two sisters would be left waiting when the at-bat ended.

Spirit Lake went down in order in the bottom of the fourth, and with a 11-0 lead to start the fifth, Emmetsburg put the icing on the cake with three runs. Hillary Pico would  get on off a single, and then scored off a double by Hasbrouck. Kendall Corley got on base off a fielders’ choice, and Hasbrouck and Corley would both score when an error on Jenny Hoch’s at-bat allowed them to score before the opportunity ended.

Three quick outs by the Lady E-Hawk defense ended the game early and earned them their eighth conference win.

Woodruff would give up just one hit in the win, with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Alex Lock had a home run, and a single, while Nichole Hasbrouck added two doubles and a single. Hillary Pico had a double and two singles, while Jana hock and Frankie Schmidt both had doubles. Jenny hock added two ingles along with Woodruff, while Morgan Vlasman and Kendall Corley both had singles.

Thursday night the Lady E-Hawks returned home to host Spencer and claimed a 6-0 victory over the Tigers to improve to 9-1 and 17-2 overall.

Defense was the name of the game again for Emmetsburg, as Maddison Woodruff would surrender just one hit to the Tigers, while striking out eight batters in the winning effort.

Nichole Hasbrouck sparked the Emmetsburg defense in the first inning, as she fielded a one-hopper by Amy McLaury and quickly stepped on second base for a force out over Ashley Mahrt and threw to teammate Morgan Vlasman at first for the double play to get McLaury to end the at-bat.

It was three up and three down for Spencer in the second, and Emmetsburg came up with a run off an error on Vlasman’s at-bat. A single from Corley and sacrifices from Jenny and Janna hock would score the run for the 1-0 lead.

Spencer would get their only hit of the game in the top of the third, but left the runner waiting at first base when the at-bat ended.

With one out in the bottom of the third, Hillary Pico drew a walk and was moved around the bases by Alex Lock’s double before scoring off an error on Nichole Hasbrouck’s at bat. An error on Morgan Vlasman’s at-bat  would leave her waiting at second when the inning ended, giving Emmetsburg a 4-0 lead.

The teams traded outs in the fourth, and Spencer went down in order in the fifth. Emmetsburg would leave Alex Lock waiting at second in the fifth, but the Lady E-Hawks would stop Spencer in the sixth and add two more runs to their total as Kendall Corley and Jenny hock would both get on base off base hits and then score off a double from Janna hock for the final scores of the contest.

Emmetsburg’s offense was led by Alex Lock with two doubles, while Janna hock had a double. Kendall Corley had two singles, while Hillary Pico and Henny hock both added base hits to the effort.

The Lady E-Hawks traveled to Garner on Saturday to play in the Garner-Hayfield Tournament and won both of their games in the event.

Emmetsburg opened their appearance with a 3-0 victory over Mason City Newman in the morning game, and then came back to claim a 6-1 win over Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka in the nightcap game.

Against Mason City Newman’s Knights, Maddison Woodruff went the distance, giving up just two hits while striking out 12 batters. Alex Lock would tally a solo home run in the win, while Woodruff would come up with a double in the contest. Morgan Vlasman, Kendall Corley, Frankie Schmidt and Miranda Vlasman all added hits to the winning effort.

Against Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka, Woodruff would go seven innings and surrendered the lone run, which was unearned, to five hits, with nine strikeouts. Emmetsburg tallied 12 hits in the victory, paced by the home-run blast from Morgan Vlasman, who also had a single. Alex Lock added a double and single, while Woodruff, Pico and Aly Berven each had two hits. Kendall Corley and Jenny hock both added singles to the winning effort.

Emmetsburg hosted LeMars on Monday night, and then hosts Laurens-Marathon tonight (Tuesday) before traveling to Hull on Wednesday for a meeting with Western Christian. On Thursday, the Lady E-Hawks are home to host Cherokee before taking Friday off to prepare for their appearance in the Storm Lake Classic on Saturday.