Extending The Season
It’s a familiar road for the Emmetsburg Lady E-Hawks – the road that leads to the State Softball Tournament. There are four stops on the road to Rogers Park in Fort Dodge, and Emmetsburg has made two of the necessary stops with wins in the Class 2A Regional opener on Thursday and quarterfinal on Friday.
On Thursday, the post season began with an 11-0 win over Sioux Central in six innings. The run continued on Friday night with a 10-0 shutout over Cherokee in six innings, with both games being played on the Lady E-Hawks home diamond.
Against Sioux Central, the Lady E-Hawks needed three innings to get their offense on the tracks, after being retired in order in the first inning, after allowing a walk in the top of the first for the Rebels.
Emmetsburg hurler Maddison Woodruff hit stride in the second, striking out the Rebels, and Emmetsburg got a walk for Nichole Hasbrouck, only to leave her stranded. In the top of the third, Sioux Central went down in order and Emmetsburg got to work. Walks for Jenny Hoch and Frankie Schmidt were followed by a sacrifice by Woodruff, before Hillary Pico belted an RBI single to score Hoch. A sacrifice by Alex Lock brought Schmidt over the plate and a n RBI?single from Hasbrouck scored Pico’s run as Emmetsburg took a 3-0 lead when the inning ended.
Three strikeouts greeted the Rebels in the fourth, and Emmetsburg continued its’ onslaught. Kendall Corley led off with a single and was followed by Janna Hoch with a dinger. Jenny Hoch was walked before Frankie Schmidt uncorked a two-RBI single. Maddison Woodruff added an RBI single before a fielder’s choice on Pico put Schmidt out at the plate. With two away, a sac by Lock scored courtesy runner Aly Berven before Hasbrouck was stranded when the inning ended.
Trailing 7-0 to start the fifth, the Rebels went down in order again. Emmetsburg would leave Schmidt and Woodruff on the bases in the bottom of the inning and Sioux Central would go down in order in the top of the sixth.
The Lady E-Hawks led off the sixth with Hillary Pico belting a single and being followed by Alex Lock with a single. A single from Nichole Hasbrouck would score Pico before Morgan Vlasman got her first hit of the night, a booming three-run homer over the left field fence that would end the game with an 11-0 score.
Maddison Woodruff started the post season with a no-hitter, facing just 19 batters and issuing one walk, while striking out 14 Sioux Central batters.
Emmetsburg was led by the three-run homer from Vlasman, while Hillary Pico had two hits, along with Nichole Hasbrouck. Maddison Woodruff, Alex Lock, Kendall Corley, Janna Hoch, Jenny Hoch and Frankie Schmidt all added base hits to the winning effort.
Advancing to the Quarterfinals on Friday, Emmetsburg hosted Lakes Conference foe Cherokee and came up with a much different outcome than their last meeting, a 1-0 win over the Braves a week earlier.
Emmetsburg would jump out in the bottom of the first inning, after retiring Cherokee in order to start Friday’s contest.
In the bottom of the first, the Lady E-Hawks got a leadoff single from Maddison Woodruff that was followed by Hillary Pico getting on board off an error. Alex Lock drew a walk and was followed by Nichole Hasbrouck being walked to score courtesy runner Aly Berven.
A fielders’ choice on Morgan Vlasman’s at-bat threw Pico out at home, but a single from Kendall Corley would score courtesy runner Jayme Penrod and a sacrifice fly from Janna Hoch brough Hasbrouck home before Jenny Hoch was put out to end the inning.
Cherokee went down in order in the top of the second, while the Lady E-Hawks would strand Pico and Lock on base to end the inning.
Maddison Woodruff would strike out the Braves in order in the third, only to see Emmetsburg go down in order as well, but struck out Cherokee in order in the top of the fourth to regain the momentum for the Lady E-Hawks.
Jenny Hoch led off the bottom of the fourth with a single and advanced off Frankie Schmidt’s sac bunt. Maddison Woodruff connected for a double that scored Hoch before Pico drew a walk. Another walk put Lock on base, and a fielders’ choice on Hasbrouck’s at-bat scored courtesy runner Aly Berven.
Morgan Vlasman delivered a double to the left field fence that scored Pico, but Lock’s runner, Jayme Penrod, was thrown out at home for the second out. The inning would end with Hasbrouck and Vlasman waiting when Kendall Corley hit a shallow fly to second.
It was three up and three down in the fifth for the Braves, and Emmetsburg would strand three runners in their half of the inning. Cherokee would go down in order in the top of the sixth, and with a 6-0 lead, Emmetsburg came up to bat.
A walk for Hasbrouck opened the at-bat, and Vlasman added a single, as did Corley, which scored Hasbrouck. Janna Hoch added a single to load the sacks before Jenny Hoch added an RBI single to score Vlasman.
An error on Frankie Schmidt’s at bat sent Corley over the plate and left the bases juiced as Woodruff came up to bat.
With a 9-0 lead, Maddison Woodruff was hit by a pitch and sent to first, which brought Janna Hoch home to score the game-ending run.
It was the second no-hitter for Woodruff in as many games, as she faced 18 batters and struck out 10 in six innings of work.
Emmetsburg got its hits from Jenny Hoch, Kendall Corley and?Morgan Vlasman all had two singles each, while Maddison Woodruff had a double and single. Janna Hoch came up with a base hit as well in the winning effort.
Emmetsburg would advance to the 2A Regional Semi-final on Monday night, July 12, at Storm Lake, where they would meet Carroll Kuemper, with the winner advancing to Wednesday’s Regional Final in Wall Lake.