Lady E-Hawks Down Tigers In League Play
Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks remained undefeated in Lakes Conference softball action Monday with a 4-1 victory over Spencer. The win improves Emmetsburg to a 3-0 mark in the league and 8-1 overall in the campaign.
A 12 strikeout performance by Faith Schmidt helped key the Lady E-Hawks to the win to lead off a busy week of play.
Spencer would take the early lead in the top of the first after getting a runner on base after being hit by a pitch and then scoring the run off a double. In the bottom of the first, the game started on a off-note, as Aly Berven laid down a bunt to lead off. As she dropped the bat, it fell along the first base line and the ball, spinning in the infield dirt, struck the bat. Berven reached first base before the tag, but the home plate umpired ruled her out for intentionally throwing the bat to deflect the ball.
With the odd ruling, the Lady E-Hawks went down in order to trail 1-0 after the first inning of play, but the rocky start would play into Emmetsburg’s hands.
Spencer was retired in order with a pair of strikeouts and a put out and the Lady E-Hawks cam back up to bat. After a quick fly out, Miranda Vlasman rapped out a single and was followed on base by Whitney Kibbie and Kinsey Anderson with singles to load the sacks with two outs, but Kaity Degen was struck out to end the inning.
An error in the top of the third put a baserunner on the diamond for Spencer, but she was left waiting when the Tigers were retired. However, Emmetsburg would go down in order in the bottom of the third as the defensive battle continued.
In the top of the fourth, a quick put out and strikeout put Spencer down two outs before a walk gave them a glimmer of hope, but Schmidt’s eighth strikeout ended the threat.
Emmetsburg came up to bat in the bottom of the fourth and wasted little time in getting their offense on track. Faith Schmidt led off with a triple to the right center field fence. Miranda Vlasman would draw a walk. A passed ball allowed Schmidt to plate her run and a sacrifice fly from Jayme Penrod scored Vlasman to give Emmetsburg the 2-1 lead with just one out.
Whitney Kibbie stepped to the plate and pounded out a base hit before Anderson was walked. Alexa Naig stepped in to pinch run for Anderson as Kaity Degen got on base off a fielders’ choice to load the bases again.
Aly Berven flew out to center field, but Hillary Pico was walked to bring Kibbie home before Morgan Vlasman was struck out to end the inning, but the Lady E-Hawks had come back to take the 3-1 lead.
Spencer would lead off the fifth with an error but left their runner at second after a pair of strikeouts and a put out ended the at-bat.
Emmetsburg came up and led off with a walk from Schmidt. Kendall Deitering came in to courtesy run for the pitcher but was thrown out on a steal attempt at second. Miranda Vlasman. came up with a base hit and Jayme Penrod drew a walk which prompted a pitching change by the Tigers.
The change led to a fielders’ choice on Whitney Kibbie’s bunt that loaded the bases for Emmetsburg, but Kinsey Anderson struck out and Kaity Degen’s bunt was fielded for the put out to end the threat.
Spencer led off the sixth with a quick put out, but got a single for their second hit of the game, but a pair of put outs would end the inning and strand the runner once again.
Still holding a 3-1 lead, Emmetsburg led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single from Aly Berven. Hillary Pico and Morgan Vlasman were put out and struck out, respectively, but Faith Schmidt got on board off an error at third base. Miranda Vlasman stepped to the plate and pounded out her third hit of the game that would score Berven, only to be left waiting along with courtesy runner Deitering when Penrod hit a fly ball to end the inning.
Now trailing 4-1, Spencer was swinging, but quickly went down in order off a pair of strikeouts and a put out to end the game with the victory for the Lady E-Hawks.
The 12 strikeouts highlighted the pitching performance for Schmidt, as she allowed one run off two hits in the contest with one walk.
Offensively, Emmetsburg got three hits from Miranda Vlasman and an RBI, while Faith Schmidt had a triple. Aly Berven, Whitney Kibbie and Kinsey Anderson all added singles, with Jayme Penrod and Hillary Pico adding RBI’s to the effort.
After a rare Tuesday night off, Emmetsburg was slated to host LeMars in a Lakes Conference matchup on Wednesday night.
Tonight (Thursday) will be the Second Annual Pink Out night game with Graettinger/Terril. Emmetsburg will then travel to Hull to meet Western Christian on Friday night before hosting their own tournament on Saturday, with Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Manson Northwest Webster and Alta, with play beginning at 10 a.m.