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Lady E-Hawks Win Conference

By Staff | Jul 8, 2010

ATTA?GIRL! - Morgan Vlasman earns the accolates of ?Coach Travis Birkey as she rounds third after her three-run homer in the sixth inning against ELC?on Tuesday night. -- Dan Voigt photo

You can apply any of the old cliche`s to Emmetsburg’s 4-2 win over Estherville Lincoln Central Tuesday night, but they all boil down to one simple fact: Champions never quit – they fight through adversity. Along the way, they enjoy the fruits of their labors.

So, on Tuesday, the Lady E-Hawks hit the trifecta – they defeated ELC?4-2; the win gave Emmetsburg the undisputed Lakes Conference Championship for 2010 and the victory gave senior pitcher Maddison Woodruff her 100th career victory in the circle.

But the journey to the win wasn’t as easy as it sounds.

The two clubs squared off in the season finale` and traded outs in the first inning, with each team stranding a runner. ELC would go down in order in the top of the second.

The Lady E-Hawks quickly went down two outs in the bottom of the inning, but the two-out rally exploded off the bat of Kendall Corley, who crushed Kendall Bosch’s first  pitch straight down the middle over the center field fence, landing some 10 yards beyond the fence for the solo home run blast.

ELC would strand a runner in the top of the third, and the Lady E-Hawks would go down in order, but things would change in the fourth.

 The Midgettes led off with a double by Emily Kirchner, who would score a controversial run off a sacrifice. The out was made at first, and first baseman Morgan Vlasman wheeled and fired back to catcher Alex Lock, who was standing on the dish. As Kirchner slid, Lock caught the ball standing on the plate before the ELC?runner tagged, but plate umpire Dave Nee ruled Kirchner was safe, tying the game up.

ELC?pitcher Kendall Bosch would step up and belt a double that turned into a run to put the Midgettes up 2-1. Emmetsburg, rattled by the turn of fortunes, went down in order to end the fourth.

It was ELC’s turn to go down in order in the fifth, but Emmetsburg left Corley waiting at third in their half of the inning. ELC would threaten in the sixth, putting  runners at second and first, but a pair of strikeouts by Maddison Woodruff ended the threat.

Now, it was Emmetsburg’s turn. Hillary Pico led off the bottom of the sixth with a foul tip fly for the first out. But, Alex Lock and Nichole Hasbrouck both laced single shots between third and short for singles as Morgan Vlasman strode to the plate.

Vlasman took Bosch deep into the count, fouling off several pitches before launching the ball over the left field fence for a three-run homer that suddenly electrified the crowd and gave Emmetsburg the 4-2 lead to start the seventh frame.

ELC would get a single with one out, but a fielders’ choice saw Hasbrouck dive for the shot and get the force at second. A walk left ELC?runners at first and second, but third baseman Jenny Hoch stood her ground and fielded a line drive by Kirchner to end the game as the Lady E-Hawks jammed the circle to celebrate their win.

Maddison Woodruff joined the Century Club with the win, going all seven innings and surrendering two earned runs off six hits, with a walk and 10 strikeouts. Bosch took the loss, going six frames, giving up four earned runs, with seven hits, two of which were home run shots, and just four strikeouts.

Emmetsburg’s offense was headed by Morgan Vlasman’s three-run home run shot, while Kendall Corley added a solo home run and a base hit to the effort.   Maddison Woodruff, Alex Lock, Nichole Hasbrouck and Janna Hoch all added base hits to the win.