Lady E-Hawks Stumble, Then Rally In Contests
Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks stumbled on the road Monday night and had to rally big on Tuesday night to split a pair of games on the diamond.
The Lady E-Hawks would come up short in a 5-3 conference loss at the hands of LeMars on Monday evening, and had to pull off a four-run rally on Tuesday night to earn a 6-3 win over Laurens-Marathon in non conference action. The games give Emmetsburg a 21-6 overall mark and 8-2 record in the Lakes Conference.
After taking a 1-0 win over LeMars on June 8, the Lady E-Hawks knew there would be a major challenge traveling to LeMars on Monday night. A quick retirement started the game for Emmetsburg, as LeMars took advantage of a pair of errors to push a run over the plate for a 1-0 lead at the end of the first frame. Emmetsburg would strand Whitney Kibbie on base in the second. The Bulldogs would get a base hit in the second, but left their runner waiting as well.
The Lady E-Hawks answered in the top of the third when an error put Teegan Olson on base and she came around to score off an RBI?single from Aly Berven to tie the game.
LeMars would tally a double in their half of the inning, but couldn’t produce anything else to leave the game tied up at 1-1.
In the fourth, Emmetsburg went down in order, but LeMars drew a leadoff walk and then used an error and a sacrifice to score two runs to retake the lead, 3-1.
Emmetsburg would go down in order in the top of the fifth, and LeMars kept right on going. With one out, the Bulldogs got a big double that was followed by an RBI double with two outs. A walk and a single would score the second run to put LeMars up 5-1 to end the fifth inning.
Again, Emmetsburg went down in order in the top of the sixth, but this time, the Lady E-Hawk defense limited the Bulldogs to a walk in their at-bat.
The path was clear for Emmetsburg – produce runs or face the long, disappointing ride home with a loss to think about.
Morgan Vlasman led off getting on base off an error at third before Miranda Vlasman was put out. Jayme Penrod stepped up and blasted a two-run homer to spark Emmetsburg and cut the deficit to 5-3.
Whitney Kibbie followed up with a single and advanced to second off Teegan Olson’s base hit, but Kaity Degen would strike out and Aly Berven hit a line shot to third base that would end the game in the disappointing loss.
Faith Schmidt would be charged with the loss in the circle, as she surrendered five runs, two earned, off five hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
Jayme Penrod led the Lady E-Hawks with her home run shots, while Aly Berven, Whitney Kibbie and Teegan Olson all added hits.
Stepping out of the conference on Tuesday night, Emmetsburg made the short trip to Laurens for a meeting with the Chargers of Laurens-Marathon and had to engineer a major rally late in the ball game to earn a 6-3 win.
The two teams traded at-bats in the first inning, as Emmetsburg would leave Hillary Pico waiting at second after an error, and the Chargers left a runner waiting at second after a walk.
In the second, Emmetsburg was retired in order, but the Chargers would put two runners on base of Emmetsburg errors, only to leave the runners stranded.
The scoreless game continued in the third inning, as Emmetsburg would be retired in order in the top of the inning. Laurens-Marathon would get a single, but saw the runner picked off on a steal attempt to end the inning.
Hillary Pico would lead off the fourth inning for Emmetsburg with a base hit, and used an error on an overthrow to move around the bases before she would score off Faith Schmidt’s sacrifice for a 1-0 lead when the at-bat ended.
Laurens-Marathon wasn’t about to let the run go unanswered, however. In the bottom of the fourth, the Chargers went down two outs, but then found the range of Emmetsburg pitcher Ashton Connelly, and reeled off three hits and drew a walk to score three runs before the inning ended with Emmetsburg trailing 3-1.
The Lady E-Hawks would get a single from Teegan Olson in the top of the fifth with one out, but Olson would be left looking for a way home when the at-bat ended.
Laurens-Marathon came up in the bottom of the fifth inning and picked up where they’d left off in the fourth, Going down two outs, the Chargers got a single, used an error and a walk to load the bases.
Coach Birkey went to the circle and made the pitching swap, bringing in Faith Schmidt to relieve Connelly. Schmidt would end the inning with a strikeout to get Emmetsburg out of the jam in the fifth.
It seemed like deja`vu for the Lady E-Hawks, trailing as the started the sixth inning for the second time in as many nights. Aly Berven would hit an infield fly for the first out, but Hillary Pico smashed a triple and came home when Faith Schmidt issued a double. A pair of singles from Morgan and Miranda Vlasman would load the bases before Jayme Penrod was walked to bring home courtesy runner Alexa Naig.
A fly ball out of Teegan Olson would result in a passed ball that allowed the Vlasman sisters to both race home before Whitney Kibbie was put out to end the at-bat, but the damage had been done.
Now trailing 5-3, Laurens-Marathon was on the hot seat, and quickly went down in order off strikeouts.
Emmetsburg would lead off the seventh with Kaity Degen rapping out a single. A fly out for Berven and a strikeout of Pico were followed by Schmidt getting on base off an error, that allowed Degen to plate her run. A single by Morgan Vlasman followed, but a fielders’ choice on Miranda Vlasman put Alexa Naig out at third.
The Chargers would draw a walk to open the bottom of the seventh, but were struck out the rest of the way to end the game in the 6-3 loss.
Faith Schmidt got the save, going two and a third innings and striking out seven with one walk. Ashton Connelly worked four and two-thirds, giving up three runs, all earned, off four hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
Emmetsburg got a triple and single from Pico, while Morgan Vlasman had two hits. Faith Schmidt had a double, while Miranda Vlasman, Teegan Olson and Kaity Degen all had hits.