Lady E-Hawks Down West Hancock
After a tough 2-1 loss to Forest City last Tuesday night, Emmetsburg’ Lady E-Hawks rebounded to earn a 12-4 win over West Hancock on Wednesday, May 23. Strong southerly winds with gusts near 30 made the game doubly challenging for both teams on the Lady E-Hawk diamond during the contest. Emmetsburg improved to 2-1 win the win in their first week of the season.
With the defense giving Ashton Connelly good support in the circle, Emmetsburg retired the Eagles in order to start the first and then got a run from Aly Berven as she drew a walk and scored off an error to end the inning with the 1-0 lead.
West Hancock would strand two runners in the top of the second and Emmetsburg would go on a tear, pushing five runs over the plate in their half of the inning. Jacque Carlson, Whitney Kibbie, Aly Berven and Kaity Degen all hit their way on base and scored as Faith Schmidt was walked and Tegen Olson and Miranda Vlasman both drove in runs but were left waiting as the Lady E-Hawks sent 10 hitters to the plate for the 6-1 advantage.
West Hancock stranded a runner again in the third, but Emmetsburg went down in order. But in the top of the fourth, the Eagles managed to plate two runs off two hits and two errors to cut Emmetsburg’s lead to 6-2. Emmetsburg would strand a runner in their at-bat to end the fourth frame.
In the fifth, West Hancock tallied one more run off a pair off three singles and a base hit, but Emmetsburg answered with a run from courtesy runner Alexa Naig that scored off a wild pitch.
West Hancock would strand a pair of runners in the top of the sixth, but Emmetsburg unloaded again with five more runs to put the game out of reach. Aly Berven was hit by a pitch and came around to score along with Kaity Degen off a two-run single by Faith Schmidt, Pinch runner Emily Bonnstetter scored off a wild pitch as Miranda Vlasman was walked,
With two outs, an error on Michaela Rehm’s at bat saw Bonnstetter come home and a throwing error allowed Alexa Naig to score a second run for Vlasman for the 12-3 advantage when the inning ended.
West Hancock would score a final run off a walk and a single but it was too little too late for the Eagles.
Ashton Connelly got the win for Emmetsburg, going seven innings and surrendering four runs, two earned, on nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
Emmetsburg was led by Aly Berven’s triple and RBI, while Faith Schmidt had a double for three RBI’s and Jacque Carlson tagged a double for an RBI. Kaity Degen added a pair of hits and an RBI to the effort and Teegan Olson, Miranda Vlasman and Whitney Kibbie all had singles and an RBI.