Lady E-Hawks Win Tourney Opener
Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks opened their post-season with a 10-0 win over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Thursday night. The Class 2A Regional Quarterfinal against the Hawks moved the Lady E-Hawks one step closer to a possible trip to the State Softball Tournament.
With the 10-0 victory, Emmetsburg advanced to the Class 2A semifinal on Friday night in Emmetsburg, taking on West Lyon, who defeated Western Christian in a quarterfinal game Thursday evening.
Thursday’s win win was highlighted by the performance of Lady E-Hawk hurler Faith Schmidt on both the offense and defense, where she hit a solo home run and then struck out seven batters in the circle on her way to pitching a one-hitter for the victory.
After retiring HMS with three strikeouts to open the game, Emmetsburg pushed four runs over the plate in the bottom of the inning, with Aly Berven leading off with a triple and Jacque Carlson, and Miranda Vlasman adingd singles before Michaela Rehm, Hannah VanOosbree, Teegan Olson and Whitney Kibbie all drew walks in the at-bat.
HMS?would draw a walk before being retired in order in the second. Emmetsburg would add three more runs. The Lady E-Hawks led off the second with a strikeout by Kaity Degen before Faith Schmidt drilled a solo home run. Jacque Carlson rapped out a single but was put out on Miranda Vlasman’s fielders’ choice. Michaela Rehm walked, but Hannah VanOosbree rapped a single to score both courtesy runner Alexa Naig and Michaela Rehm to give Emmetsburg a 7-0 lead when the inning ended.
The Hawks of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn would lead off the third inning with a walk, but a fielders’ choice put the runner out at second before a pickoff put the runner off on a steal attempt. A walk would put a runner on first and then advance to second, but a strikeout ended the inning.
Despite a pitching change by HMS in the third inning, Emmetsburg opened their half of the inning with a walk of Whitney Kibbie. Aly Berven got on off an error before Kaity Degen was struck out. Faith Schmidt would issue a sacrifice to score Kibbie’s run before Jacque Carlson walked. A single from Miranda Vlasman would bring Berven over the plate to make the lead 9-0 when the at-bat ended.
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn opened the fourth getting on base off an error, but a pair of strikeouts and an infield fly to Schmidt ended the inning, despite a near-collision between Schmidt and third baseman Teegan Olson scrambling for the fly ball.
Emmetsburg struggled in the bottom of the fourth frame, going down two outs before Whitney Kibbie was walked, only to be stranded when the inning ended.
Hartley-Melvin Sanborn opened the top of the fifth with their first hit of the game, a single that blooped over second base. But, the hit would go for naught when a pair of strikeouts were recorded and a fly ball to center field ended the Hawks’ opportunity.
Emmetsburg would come up to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning when Kaity Degen drew a walk to lead off, Faith Schmidt then drew a walk before Jacque Carlson drilled a single. A fielders’ choice on Miranda Vlasman’s at bat put Degen out at the plate and a second fielders’ choice on Michaela Rehm’s at-bat resulted in Schmidt being thrown out at the plate.
With two away, Hannah VanOosbree rapped out a single that brough pinch runner Emily Bonnstetter over the plate to end the game by virtue of the 10-run rule.
Faith Schmidt earned the win in the circle, going five innings and facing19 batters and giving up just one hit, while striking out 10 batters and issuing three walks.
Emmetsburg’s offense was led by Faith Schmidt’s Home run shot. Aly Berven added a triple, while Jacque Carlson rapped out three hits. Miranda Vlasman and Hannah VanOosbree both added a pair of hits each to the winning effort.