Lady E-Hawks Erupt For 19-3 Blowout Win
POCAHONTAS – When you can score 12 runs in one inning and you almost bat through your order twice, you call it a big inning.
Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks delivered such an inning Tuesday night to claim their first win of the season in a 19-3 romp over Pocahontas Area. The win evens Emmetsburg at 1-1 as they prepared to open the Lakes Conference Wednesday night at Spirit Lake.
The Lady E-Hawks opened the first at-bat with two quick outs, but Miranda Vlasman rapped out a single and came around to score off a stolen base to give Emmetsburg a 1-0 lead. Defensively, the Lady E-Hawks would retire the Indians in order to end the first frame.
A pair of walks for Tegan Olson and Kendall Deitering opened the second inning before Bailee Garrelts struck out. But, the Indians pitching staff struggled with control, as wild pitches would allow Olson to score, along with Jenna Chapman after Deitering came home on a passed ball. Alexa Naig would also score a run off a wild pitch after she was the fourth batter walked in the at-bat, which prompted a change in the circle for the Indians.
With four runs scored in the inning, Emmetsburg was rolling. Whitney Kibbie drew a walk, and was followed by Vlasman on base. A passed ball brought Kibbie home before the Lady E-Hawks were retired with a 6-0 lead.
The Indians tried to shake off the rough defensive showing, and managed to come up with a base hit in the bottom of the inning before the Emmetsburg defense made the stop to end the inning.
In the top of the third, Emmetsburg would only manage a walk of Garrelts, but the designated player was left waiting when the at-bat ended. The Indians found a spark of offense in the bottom of the third, as they led off with a walk before an error at first put a second runner on base. After a run scored off the error, an RBI?Single would score a second run. Alert baserunning and mental lapses would combine to allow the Indians to plate one more run, but two runners would be stranded when the inning ended.
With their comfortable lead cut to a 6-3 margin to start the fourth, Emmetsburg opened with a strikeout by Naig, but Kibbie drew her second walk of the game. Miranda Vlasman was hit by a pitch, but a wild pitch would allow her to move to second as Kibbie ended up on third.
Emily Noll would be put out at first for the second out, but the play allowed Kibbie to score a run. However, Hannah Bird was struck out to end the at-bat with Vlasman waiting at third.
The Indians would get a base hit in the bottom of the fourth but left he runner waiting at first to end the inning.
The eruption of the Emmetsburg offense began with the first batter of the top of the fifth. Tegan Olson belted a double to left center to lead off before Deitering was hit by a pitch. A single by Garrelts would score both Olson and Deitering before Jenna Chapman was put out and Garrelts scored off a passed ball.
Alexa Naig drew a walk, but was thrown out stealing second for the second out.
Whitney Kibbie drew a walk and Miranda Vlasman singled before Emily Noll was walked, but a wild pitch brought Kibbie home and moved Vlasman to third before a passed ball saw Vlasman race home. A walk of Hannah Bird led to the second trip through the batting order, and Olson sent a singled to the outfield to score Noll’s run. A single by Kendall Deitering brought Bird and Olson over the plate before Garrelts was hit by a pitch to be put on base.
A double from Jenna Chapman scored Deitering before a double from Alexa Naig brought both Garrelts and Chapman over the plate. For the third consecutive at-bat, Whitney Kibbie was walked before Miranda Vlasman rapped out a single that brought Naig across home plate and moved Kibbie to third.
But, the ride ended when Noll hit a hit fly ball to left to end the inning, but not before Emmetsburg had tallied 12 runs off eight hits in the inning, with 17 batters going to the plate in the at-bat.
The bottom of the fifth went quickly, as Hali Noll got good defensive support from her teammates with a put out at first and a fly ball to Kibbie at shortstop before Noll ended the game with strikeout for the victory.
Hali Noll got the win in five innings of work, facing 22 batters in the process. Noll allowed three runs, just one earned, off two hits, while walking two and striking out three batters for her first win of the season.
For Emmetsburg, Tegan Olson and Alexa Naig both had a double and single, while Jenna Chapman added a double. Miranda Vlasman had three singles, while Emily Noll, Kendall Deitering and Bailee Garrelts all added base hits to the tally.
Emmetsburg was slated to play at Spirit Lake on Wednesday before returning home to host Sioux Central Thursday and Spencer on Friday.