Lady E-Hawks Stumble In Own Tournament
It was a strange day for the Emmetsburg Lady E-Hawks as they went 1-1 in their own Invitational Softball Tournament on Saturday. The Lady E-Hawks came up short in a 2-0 loss to ranked Alta-Aurelia, but rebounded to defeat Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 8-4 to finish third on the day. Alta-Aurelia would go on to win the tournament, defeating Manson Northwest Webster by a 12-5 score.
The opening game of the tournament pitted the Warriors of Alta-Aurelia, ranked third in Class 2A, against the Lady E-Hawks. Emmetsburg, playing as the visitors, got a leadoff single from Aly Berven but no more in the first, while the Warriors went down in order in their half of the inning. The Lady E-Hawks went down in order in the second, and the Warriors were down by two strikeouts when a single turned into a run off an RBI?single for a 1-0 lead to end the second frame.
Both teams would earn a hit in the third but left their runners stranded. Emmetsburg got Morgan Vlasman and Faith Schmidt on base in the fourth, but Vlasman and courtesy runner Alexa Naig were doubled up in a good defensive play before the Warriors went down in order.
Training 1-0 to start the fifth, Emmetsburg went down in order and Alta-Aurelia got a pair of base hits that would score their second run of the contest for a 2-0 lead when the inning ended.
Emmetsburg would get a single from Hillary Pico in the sixth, but left her waiting. The Warriors were set down in order to set up the seventh inning.
Faith Schmidt led off with a walk and worked stole second before Miranda Vlasman flew out. Jayme Penrod drew a walk as Schmidt moved to third, and tried to steal home, trying to beat the throw and collided with the Warriors’ catcher at the plate. The plate umpire ruled Schmidt out, and then ejected the Emmetsburg pitcher from the game for malicious contact and not sliding at the plate. The game ended when Whitney Kibbie hit a fly ball for the final out.
Schmidt was tagged with the loss, giving up two earned runs off four hits with seven strikeouts. Emmetsburg got hits from Berven, Pico and Schmidt in the setback.
In the consolation game with Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Emmetsburg was the home team, and after spotting the Hawks three runs in the top of the first off two singles, an error and a sacrifice, would go down in order in their half of the inning.
HMS would draw a walk in the second but no more, a feat duplicated by Emmetsburg in their at-bat. In the top of the third, HMS would touch Lady E-Hawk pitcher Ashton Connelly for a solo home run shot to take a 4-0 lead when their half of the inning ended.
Emmetsburg would score in the bottom of the third as Kaity Degen smacked a single and came around to score off a dropped fly ball on Whitney’ Kibbie’s at bat to cut the deficit to 4-1.
After retiring HMS?in order in the top of the fourth, Emmetsburg came up in the bottom of the fourth and opened with Morgan Vlasman getting on base off an error. Miranda Vlasman followed with a walk, and the sisters moved to scoring positions after a strikeout of Jacque Carlson and put out of Teegan Olson. An RBI?single from Kinsey Anderson scored Morgan and an RBI?single from Kaity Degen brought Miranda over the plate before Aly Berven was put out to end the inning.
With their lead cut to 4-3, HMS got a base hit in the top of the fifth but left their runner stranded. Emmetsburg would load the sacks with two outs but left Morgan and Miranda Vlasman and Jacque Carlson waiting when Teegan Olson was struck out.
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn would go down in order in the top of the sixth as the time limit came into play, giving Emmetsburg a final at-bat.
Kinsey Anderson flew out to open the opportunity, but Kaity Degen walked and stole second. Aly Berven drew a walk as Degen took third off a wild pitch before Whitney Kibbie was walked to load the bases.
HMS?made a pitching change to no avail, as a scar fly by Hillary Pico scored Degen before a walk put Morgan Vlasman on base. With the score tied at 4-4, a walk of Miranda Vlasman scored Berven’s run before Kibbie scored off a wild pitch for a 6-4 lead.
With two outs, the Vlasman sisters quickly moved to third and second off wild pitches, and would both score off a wild pitch that was chased by the catcher to no avail.
The game would end with Jacque Carlson striking out, but Emmetsburg had rallied from a day of disappointment to take the 8-4 win.
Ashton Connelly went the distance, giving up four runs off six hits, including a home run, with four strikeouts and a walk.
For Emmetsburg, Kaity Degen had a pair of hits, while Jacque Carlson and Kinsey Anderson both came away with hits.
The split gives Emmetsburg an overall season mark of 11-2 as they begin a busy week that started with a Lakes Conference game with Cherokee on Monday night.
Tuesday night is the re-scheduled “Pink Out” night game with Graettinger/Terril, which will be played at Terril. On Wednesday, the Lady E-Hawks return home to host league rivals Estherville Lincoln Central before taking Thursday off and then playing Friday and Saturday in the Fort Dodge Tournament.