Lady E-Hawks Undefeated At Garner-Hayfield Tourney
GARNER – Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks picked up a trio of wins in tournament play Saturday at the Garner-Hayfield Invitational. The Lady E-Hawks improved their season mark to 20-5 overall with wins over Clarion-Goldfield, Garner-Hayfield and Mason City Newman during the tournament.
In their first game of the day, Emmetsburg was paired with the Cowgirls of Clarion-Goldfield and came away with a 10-0 win in five innings.
The Lady E-Hawks led off with a single from Aly Berven before Faith Schmidt hit a two-run homer. Morgan Vlasman would score off a single walk and fly ball to give Emmetsburg a 3-0 lead.
Clarion-Goldfield would get a single in the bottom of the first but no more to end the inning.
In the second, Emmetsburg plated five runs off singles from Hillary Pico, Faith Schmidt, Morgan Vlasman and Miranda Vlasman before Jayme Penrod hit a two-run home run to cap off the at-bat, giving Emmetsburg a 8-0 advantage when the at-bat ended.
Clarion-Goldfield would get a single and a walk, but left their runners waiting when the inning ended.
With an 8-0 lead to start the third, Emmetsburg would manage a walk of Tegan Olson in the top of the third but no more. Clarion-Goldfield went down in order to make a short third inning.
Emmetsburg would add a run in the fourth as from Schmidt’s courtesy runner, Alexa Naig, off an error to take a 9-0 lead as Clarion-Goldfield went down in order again.
In the top of the fifth, Emmetsburg got the winning run from Kaity Degen off a double from Aly Berven, and the defense sat the Cowgirls down in order to end the game.
Faith Schmidt tallied win giving up two hits with one walk and 12 strikeouts.
Emmetsburg got a homerun and single from Schmidt and a homer from Penrod, with two hits from Berven and Miranda Vlasman, along with hits from Pico, Morgan Vlasman and Kaity Degen.
Emmetsburg would earn a 10-7 win over Garner-Hayfield in game two of the day,
It was a pitchers’ duel through the first two innings but in the third, Emmetsburg erupted for nine runs. Kaity Degen, Aly Berven, Hillary Pico, Morgan Vlasman, Jayme Penrod, Tegan Olson, Whitney Kibbie and Michaela Rehm would all cross the plate, with Degen scoring a second run in the at-bat before Emmetsburg would be retired.
However, Garner-Hayfield came firing back, answering Emmetsburg’s outburst with five runs of their own, using a two errors, a pair of singles and a home run to close the gap to 9-5 at the end of the third.
Emmetsburg would leave Tegan Olson stranded in the third after a double, but Garner-Hayfield added two more suns in their half of the inning off three singles and a double to cut the lead to 9-7.
In the top of the fifth, Emmetsburg led off with a single by Faith Schmidt. Courtesy runner Alexa Naig would run for Schmidt and came around to score off a double from Aly Berven and a sacrifice fly by Hillary Pico to make the score 10-7.
With Schmidt pitching in the bottom of the fifth, Garner-Hayfield was retired in order by the Lady E-Hawks, but the favor would be returned in the top of the sixth. However, Garner-Hayfield would suffer the same fate in their half of the sixth, leaving the score at 10-7 to start the seventh inning.
Emmetsburg would go down two outs to start the seventh, but Kaity Degen kept the hopes alive with a base hit, only to be stranded when Aly Berven was put out at first to end the at-bat.
Garner-Hayfield came up and led off with a strikeout before getting a runner on base off a single, but left her waiting with two strikeouts to end the contest.
Faith Schmidt would get the save in three and two-third innings of work, allowing one hit with nine strikeouts. Ashton Connelly started in the circle and went three and a third innings, allowing seven runs off nine hits with three strikeouts.
For Emmetsburg Kaity Degen had three hits, while Morgan Vlasman and Aly Berven both had doubles and a single each. Faith Schmidt, Tegan Olson and Hillary Pico all added base hits to the winning effort.
In their final game of the tournament, Emmetsburg earned a 6-3 win over Mason City Newman High School.
The Knights of Newman would open the game with a walk, and turned the walk into a run off a single before Emmetsburg’s defense ended the opportunity. The Lady E-Hawks would get a leadoff single from Aly Berven and a walk from Faith Schmidt, but left the runners waiting when the inning ended.
In the top of the second, Newman would go down in order while the Lady E-Hawks put Jayme Penrod on base off a single in the bottom of the inning. Penrod would wait at first as the inning ended with Emmetsburg trailing 1-0 to start the third.
Newman would draw a pair of walks in the top of the third but could do nothing with the opportunity. Emmetsburg couldn’t engineer anything offensively as they were retired in order ot end the inning.
Newman got a single in the top of the fourth, but no more. Emmetsburg finally found their bats in the bottom of the frame as Miranda Vlasman uncorked a triple and scored off Jayme Penrod’s single. Penrod would score off a single from Tegan Olson with one out before the inning ended, giving Emmetsburg a 2-1 lead.
Newman would answer in the top of the fifth, as they scored two runs off a pair o errors and a base hit before Emmetsburg’s defense made the stop.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Emmetsburg would go down in order.
Mason City got a runner on base off an error in the top of the sixth, but left her waiting. Emmetsburg came up to bat and decided they had to do something drastic in a hurry.
Morgan Vlasman led off with a single before Miranda Vlasman was put out for the first out. Jayme Penrod drew a walk before an error allowed Whitney Kibbie to get on base. With the bases loaded, Tegan Olson whacked a double to score Vlasman and Penrod before Kaity Degen flew out for the second out.
Aly Berven drilled a double to score Kibbie and Olson’s runs, pushing Emmetsburg out to a 6-3 lead when the inning ended.
Newman would get a walk in the top of the seventh but no more to end the contest and give Emmetsburg the clean sweep in the tourney.
Faith Schmidt got the win, giving up three runs, one earned, off three hits with 12 strikeouts and four walks.
Emmetsburg’s offense was paced by Aly Berven and Tegan Olson with a double and single and Jayme Penrod with two singles. Miranda Vlasman added a triple and Morgan Vlasman added a single to the effort.