Emmetsburg Splits In First Day At Fort Dodge Tourney
FORT?DODGE – Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks earned a split in their first day of competition at the Fort Dodge Invitational Softball Tournament. The Lady E-Hawks defeated Colfax-Mingo 4-0 in their opener, but would fall to Winterset by an 8-4 tally in the nightcap game Friday.
Opening against Colfax-Mingo, Emmetsburg would limit the Tigerhawks to a stranded runner in the top of the first, and then got a run in the bottom of the inning from Aly Berven after she was walked, but only after she had been thrown out at first, only to have the pitch ruled illegal, sending her back to the plate to continue batting.
The game would turn into a defensive battle through the second and third innings, and after stranding a C-M runner in the top of the fourth, Emmetsburg scored in their half of the inning as Miranda Vlasman led off with a double and worked her way around to plate the run for a 2-0 lead.
There would be no scoring for Colfax-Mingo in the top of the fifth inning, but Emmetsburg added two more runs to their tally in the bottom of the frame. Pinch hitter Hannah VanOosbree walked and was followed on base by Aly Berven. Kaity Degen would be thrown out at first, but Faith Schmidt was walked to load the bases. A sac fly by Miranda Vlasman scored VanOosbree’s run, and Berven came home just before Schmidt was thrown out stealing second to end the inning.
Colfax-Mingo would leave a runner stranded in the top of the sixth and Emmetsburg would go down in order in their half of the inning, but returned the favor in the top of the seventh to retire the Tigerhawks and end the game with the 4-0 win.
Faith Schmidt got the win, as she worked seven innings and gave up one hit, with two walks and eight strikeouts.
Emmetsburg got doubles from Miranda Vlasman and Michaela Rehm, while Aly Berven added the other hit.
In the nightcap game, a steady drizzle and light rain would make conditions tough in a meeting with the Winterset Huskies. The Lady E-Hawks would get off to a slow start and would fall by an 8-4 decision.
Winterset would open the game with a base hit but left their runner waiting when Emmetsburg’s defense made the stop. The Lady E-Hawks would come up to bat but were retired in order to end the first inning.
Winterset would get a pair of singles and an error to load the bases, but the defense came up big to turn away the threat in the top of the second inning. But Emmetsburg would go down in order to end their half of the inning.
The Huskies opened the third with an error and a double that would lead to a pair of runs crossing the plate off a single and a sacrifice before the Lady E-Hawks could strand two runners to end the at-bat.
Now trailing 2-0, Emmetsburg went down in order again in the third.
Winterset would plate another pair of runs in the top of the fourth, but in the bottom of the inning, two outs were followed by a solo home run over the right field fence by Faith Schmidt to make the score 4-1 when the inning ended.
In the top of the fifth, the Huskies plated two more runs on the Lady E-Hawks, using a pair of singles and an error to score the runs for a 6-1 advantage over the Lady E-Hawks. Emmetsburg would get a walk from Jacque Carlson, but left her waiting when the at-bat ended.
Winterset would add another run in the top of the sixth off a single and a triple, but couldn’t add anymore to their lead.
The Lady E-Hawks would make up for lost time, as Hannah VanOosbree was walked to lead off and Aly Berven reached on an error. Two quick outs followed, but a single from Miranda Vlasman scored VanOosbree and a single by Carlson scored Berven. An error on a throw would allow Vlasman to score, but Michaela Rehm flied out to end the inning.
With a 7-4 lead in the top of the seventh, Winterset would manage to score an insurance run in their half of the inning, using an error and a single to score the run.
Emmetsburg would get a final chance to bat in the bottom of the seventh, and led off with Teegan Olson drawing a walk. A fielders’ choice on Whiney Kibbie’s at-bat would put Olson out at second before VanOosbree hit a fly ball to right field for the second out, but the throw to first caught Kibbie too far off the base for the double play and the end of the game.
For Emmetsburg, Faith Schmidt took the loss in the circle, surrendering 12 hits for eight runs, five earned, with a walk and six strikeouts.