Lady E-Hawks Stay Undefeated With Win
Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks made a little bit of history on Monday not because they defeated Cherokee 5-3 to remain perfect in conference play.
Emmetsburg ended last week ranked 11th in Class 1A in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union softball rankings, but started this week ranked sixth in Class 2A, after the IGHSAU moved the Lady E-Hawks up into Class 2A from the 1A ranks. It may be the first time in history that a team has been ranked in two separate polls during the season.
In any case, Emmetsburg stayed undefeated in the Lakes with their 5-3 win over Cherokee to improve to 12-2 overall and 6-0 in the league.
On Monday, Cherokee would jump out to an early 2-0 lead as they scored two runs off a pair of base hits, a walk and an Emmetsburg error before being retired. The Lady E-Hawks would come up in their half of the first and answer, as Aly Berven led off with a single and scored off an RBI single from Hillary Pico. Pico would then score when Morgan Vlasman tallied a two-run home run shot off the left-center field fence for a 3-2 advantage when the inning ended.
Cherokee went down in order in the second and Emmetsburg added a run when Kaity Degen got on off an error with two away. An error on Berven’s at-bat allowed Degen to score her run for a 4-2 lead to end the second.
The Braves would leave a runner stranded in the top of the third, but Emmetsburg would strand Jayme Penrod and Jacque Carlson to leave the score 4-2 after three frames.
An exchanged of outs made up the fourth inning and Cherokee went down in order off four pitches by Emmetsburg hurler Ashton Connelly in the top of the fifth. The Lady E-Hawks would get Penrod on base off a walk, but left her at second when the at-bat ended.
In the top of the sixth, Cherokee led off with a strikeout, but got a runner on base off a throwing error before a pair of singles scored the run to make the score 4-3. Coming up to bat, Emmetsburg opened with Kinsey Anderson drawing a walk. Pinch runner Alexa Naig stole second base and was followed on base by Degen off a fielders’ choice. The two runners advanced, with Naig coming home off a sacrifice fly by Aly Berven to make the score 5-3 before Degen was stranded to end the inning.
Cherokee would get a late base hit in the top of the seventh but couldn’t do any more, ending the game with the runner stranded.
Ashton Connelly earned the win, allowing three runs off six hits, all earned, while striking out seven batters and issuing one walk. Emmetsburg would earn four hits, paced by Morgan Vlasman’s home run shot. Aly Berven, Hillary Pico and Miranda Vlasman all earned base hits in the victory.