Lady E-Hawks Shut Out Cherokee
Emmetsburg handed Cherokee a 10-0 shutout in Lakes Conference softball play on Wednesday night. A strong pitching and defensive effort led to the 24th victory of the season for the Lady E-Hawks, who improved to 8-3 in the league with the win.
After retiring the Braves in order in the first, Emmetsburg quickly jumped on the bats, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. After a fly out by Aly Berven to lead off, Kaity Degen reached on an error and was followed by Faith Schmidt with a single. Jacque Carlson was walked, but a passed ball scored Degen and courtesy runner Alexa Naig. A double from Miranda Vlasman scored Carlson before a single from Michaela Rehm brought courtesy runner Emily Bonnstetter home and a sac bunt by Hannah VanOosbree allowed Rehm to plate her run for the 5-0 lead.
Cherokee would go down in order in the second, but the Lady E-hawks led off with a single by Whitney Kibbie, who was put out on a fielders’ choice on Aly Berven’s at-bat. Berven would come around to score off a double from Schmidt before the inning ended with Emmetsburg leading 6-0.
Cherokee went down in order in the third and the Lady E-Hawks stranded Michaela Rehm in their half of the inning. The Braves would get a hit in the fourth but stranded the runner.
Emmetsburg would come up in the bottom of the fourth with Aly Berven drawing a walk and Kaity Degen getting on base off an error for a second time in the game. Degen would steal second and a passed ball on a pickoff attempt of Degen would allow Berven and Degen to both score their runs for an 8-0 lead.
Faith Schmidt would then draw a walk, prompting a pitching change. Jacque Carlson would then punch a double that scored courtesy runner Alexa Naig before Hannah VanOosbree rapped out a single to score Carlson’s run for the 10-0 lead when the inning ended.
Cherokee would come up to bat against Ashton Connelly, who surrendered a single in the top of the fifth, but the Lady E-Hawk defense made the stop for the 10-0 win.
Faith Schmidt went four innings and faced 14 batters, giving up three hits with eight strikeouts, while Ashton Connelly relieved for one inning, facing four batters and giving up one hit.
Emmetsburg got a double and single from Faith Schmidt, while Miranda Vlasman added a double to the effort. Michaela Rehm, Hannah Van Oosbree and Whitney Kibbie all added base hits to the winning effort for Emmetsburg, who would finish out the regular season on Monday, July 2, with a make up game with Spencer, in the late afternoon and following that contest with their regular season finale against Storm Lake.