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Vlasman Honored As Honorary Coach

By Staff | Jun 23, 2011

Jacque Carlson grabs a throw from pitcher Faith Schmidt at first base to put out Storm Lake’s Alana Piercy to seal the Lady E-Hawks’ 15-0 Pink Out Night victory Monday night. The win improves Emmetsburg to 15-5 overall onthe year and 7-1 in the Lakes Conference race. -- Dan Voigt photo

It took three tries but the third time was a charm for Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawk softball team to hold their “Pink Out” night for cancer. The Pink Out night was observed Monday night with a matchup featuring the Storm Lake Tornadoes, but it was Emmetsburg who blew out the Tornadoes in a 15-0 shutout on three innings.

Prior to the start of Monday’s game, Amy Vlasman of Emmetsburg was introduced as the Honorary Coach of the team for the contest. A?cancer survivor for 15 years, Vlasman is the mother of Emmetsburg first baseman Morgan Vlasman and catcher Miranda Vlasman.

After the ceremonies were completed, the game moved quickly under threatening skies. Emmetsburg pitcher Faith Schmidt struck out the leadoff batter for Storm Lake and after a fly out to left field, fielded a one-hopper to throw to first to end the inning.

Emmetsburg came up and wasted little time in setting the tone of the game. Aly Berven walked and Hillary Pico got on base off an error before a dropped third strike play to get Schmidt at first would allow Berven to steal home.

Morgan Vlasman stepped up with one away and pounded a shot over the left field fence for a two-run homer before Miranda Vlasman smacked a double and came around to score off a base hit from Whitney Kibbie, but Kibbie was left waiting to end the inning.

The Tornadoes went down in order in the top of the second and Emmetsburg came right back, not missing a beat. Kaity Degen led off with a single and was followed by Berven with a hit before Pico was walked. A single from Schmidt scored Degen, and a double from Morgan Vlasman brought Berven home.

With one out, Jayme Penrod smacked a two-run single to score Pico and courtesy runner Kendall Deitering.

Whitney Kibbie got a single and Designated player Michaela Rehm got a fielders’ choice that put Penrod out at third. With two away, Degen rapped out a single that scored Vlasman and Berven added a base hit to score Kibbie.

A walk of Pico scored Rehm before a double from Schmidt brought Degen, Berven and Pico home. Morgan Vlasman drilled a base hit to score courtesy runner Deitering, but left Vlasman waiting when Penrod hit a fly ball to left field to end the 16-batter, 11-run at-bat.

Trailing 15-0 to start the third, Schmidt tallied two quick strikeouts and fielded a bunt attempt and threw to Jacque Carlson at first to end the game,

Schmidt went three innings, facing nine batters and giving up no runs, no hits and earning four strikeouts.

Emmetsburg was paced by Morgan Vlasman’s home run, double and single, while Faith Schmidt and Miranda Vlasman both had a double and single.

Aly Berven and Kaity Degen both added two singles each, while Whitney Kibbie and Jaymee Penrod both added base hits to the 13-hit effort.

Emmetsburg’s game at Algona was cancelled due to rain Tuesday and the Lady E-Hawks were slated to host Spirit Lake Wednesday before traveling to Spencer on Thursday.