Lady E-Hawks Claim Own Tournament Title
Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks won the championships in their own Invitational softball tournament over the weekend with wins over Manson Northwest Webster, Alta-Aurelia and Newell-Fonda. The wins give Emmetsburg an overall mark of 12-4 on the season.
Emmetsburg opened the day Saturday with a 9-0 win over Manson Northwest Webster and then defeated Alta-Aurelia by a 9-2 score before defeating Newell-Fonda by a 4-2 tally to earn the tourney title.
The second game of the day against Alta-Aurelia’s Warriors saw the Lady E-Hawks open play by being retired in order in the top of the first frame. The Warriors would open with two baserunning and would eventually score a run for a 1-0 lead.
The Lady E-Hawks would answer in the second as Miranda Vlasman was walked and came around the bases to score off a single by Michaela Rehm.
The Warriors would go down in order in their half of the second for a 1-1 tie.
Emmetsburg would strand Ay Berven on base in the top of the third, but Alta-Aurelia would strand two runners when the inning ended as well.
The Lady E-Hawks retired in order in the top of the fourth, but the Warriors left two runners on base when Emmetsburg’s defense made another big stop.
With the score still knotted at 1-1 to start the fifth, Emmetsburg opened the inning with Teegan Olson grounding out, but Whitney Kibbie walked before Hannah VanOosbree singled. Aly Berven got on base off a fielders’ choice and Kaity Degen got on off a fielders’ choice that saw Kibbie put out at home.
A single by Faith Schmidt brought VanOosbree over the plate and then allowed Berven to score her run. As Berven slid under the tag at home, Degen moved to third and Schmidt moved to second. The Warriors tried to make a play on the runners that let Degen come home, but Schmidt was thrown out at the plate to end theat-bat.
The Warriors would get a walk in their half of the fifth to trail 4-1.
Emmetsburg kept up the pressure in he sixth, as Michaela Rehm, Teegan Olson, Whitney Kibbie and Hannah VanOosbree all came across the plate before being retired. The Warriors would push a run over the plate in their half of the inning before Emmetsburg made the defensive stop.
With an 8-0 lead, the Lady E-Hawks would add an insurance run as pinch hitter Bailee Garrelts came over the plate. The Warriors would go down in order in the seventh to end the game in the 9-2 Lady E-Hawk win.
Faith Schmidt got the win, as she surrendered two runs off three hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. Emmetsburg was led by Hannah VanOosbree with a pair of hits, while Aly Berven, Faith Schmidt, Miranda Vlasman, Michaela Rehm, Katie Ruiz and Bailee Garrelts all added hits to the effort.
The win set up the championship game of the Lady E-Hawk tournament with Newell-Fonda and the Lady E-Hawks squaring off.
The Mustangs and Lady E-Hawks traded outs in the first inning and in the top of the second, the Mustangs were set down in order again. Emmetsburg would lead off the bottom of the second with Miranda Vlasman singling and scoring off a hit by Jacque Carlson for a 1-0 lead.
Newell-Fonda went down in order in the top of the third and the Lady E-Hawks would lead off with Hannah VanOosbree’s double that allowed her to score a run off a single from Aly Berven for a 2-0 lead.
The Mustangs were retired in order once again in the fourth inning, and Emmetsburg almost suffered a similar fate, except that Teegan Olson was hit by a pitch and would be put out at second on a fielders’ choice of Hannah VanOosbree’s at-bat to end the inning.
It was a case of three up-three down for Newell-Fonda in the top of the fifth frame. Emmetsburg would get another run from Whitney Kibbie after she singled and then scored off an error to put the Lady E-Hawks up by a 3-0 tally.
In the top of the sixth, Newell-Fonda came alive, getting a single and putting a runner on base off an error. The duo would score off a sacrifice out at first and an infield error to cut the Lady E-Hawks’ lead to 3-2 when the at-bat ended.
Emmetsburg didn’t panic as they came to bat. After a strikeout, Michaela Rehm reached on an error and Teegan Olson followed up with a single. A ground out by VanOosbree allowed Rehm to score off a passed ball, but left Olson at third base when Whitney Kibbie was put out at first.
The Mustangs’ hopes of a rally faded quickly as they were set down in order by the Emmetsburg defense to end the game in the 4-2 Emmetsburg victory.
Faith Schmidt would go the distance in the circle, surrendering two runs, one earned, off one hit while striking out 15 batters.
Emmetsburg would get a double and two singles from Aly Berven while Hannah VanOosbree added a double to the effort. Kaity Degen, Miranda Vlasman, Jacque Carlson, Teegan Olson and Whitney Kibbie all added base hits to the effort.
After a Lakes Conference matchup Monday night at Estherville Lincoln Central, the Lady E-Hawks travel to Terril tonight (Tuesday) for a meeting with Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire. On Wednesday, Emmetsburg travels to Storm Lake for Lakes Conference softball action before taking Thursday off and then travel to Fort Dodge on Friday and Saturday to play in the Fort Dodge Invitational Tournament.