Lady E-Hawks Struggle In Losses On Diamond
Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawk softball team closed out their second week of play with a trio of setbacks. The opener of Lakes Conference play on Wednesday night ended with a 3-2 loss at Spirit Lake and was followed by a 6-2 loss to Sioux Central on Thursday and a 1-0 heartbreaking loss to Spencer on Friday. The losses give Emmetsburg a 1-4 mark overall and 0-2 start in the Lakes.
Traveling to Spirit Lake on Wednesday, the Lady E-Hawks were bolstered by the return of seniors Jacque Carlson and Hanna VanOosbree and sophomores Michaela Rehm and Ashton Connelly after their participation in the state golf tournament.
Emmetsburg would open the game with a walk and single from Alexa Naig and Whitney Kibbie, but the duo were stranded. Freshman Hali Noll started the game in the circle for the Lady E-Hawks and surrendered a single but the defense retired the side in order to end the first.
In the second, Emmetsburg got Tegan Olson and Hanna VanOosbree on base, only to leave them both waiting The Indians got a pair of walks before Connelly entered the game to take over the pitching duties, but Spirit Lake scored one run off a sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead at the end of the second inning.
The Lady E?-Hawks got a base hit from Miranda Vlasman in the top of the third, but left her waiting for a way home. The Indians also put a runner on base off a single, but left her stranded as well to end the inning.
In the fourth, Emmetsburg saw Tegan Olson draw a walk with one out, but she was doubled up on a fly ball out to end the at-bat. spirit Lake would go down one out in the bottom of the fourth, but a solo home run would electrify the Indians, who then came up with a single with two away, but left their runner on base with a 2-0 lead to start the fifth frame.
The Lady E-Hawks drew a leadoff walk for VanOosbree, but she was put out on a base hit by Whitney Kibbie, which would leave Kibbie waiting at first when the opportunity ended. The Indians would get a pair of base hits in the bottom of the inning, but some good defense retired the side without any further damage.
Emmetsburg led off the sixth with a single from Michaela Rehm and. Jacque Carlson drew a walk and Emily Noll bunted to get on base, but Rehm was thrown out at third. a walk of pinch hitter Hannah Bird loaded the sacks for Emmetsburg with two outs, but a fly ball ended the chance to take the lead.
An error would put a runner on base for the Indians to lead off in the bottom of the sixth before a base hit allowed the runner to score for a 3-0 lead when the inning ended.
The Lady E-Hawks came up to bat for the final time and led off with a strikeout, but Kibbie walked and was followed on base by a single by Vlasman. After a fly ball for the second out, Carlson drew a walk and an error at first base put Emily Noll on base and allowed Kibbie to score. The passed ball error also let Vlasman race home and put Carlson’s pinch runner, Kate Jackson, on third and Noll at second, but Tegan Olson grounded out to end the rally and the game in the tough 3-2 loss. The story of the contest would be the 11 baserunners that were left stranded by the Lady E-Hawks.
Ashton Connelly pitched five innings and surrendered two runs, both earned, off three hits, with two strikeouts. Hali Noll pitched one inning and gave up one run, earned, off one hit, with two walks.
Emmetsburg got a two singles each from Kibbie and Vlasman, while Rehm added a base hit to the effort.
Emmetsburg returned home Thursday night to host Sioux Central in a non-conference matchup and fell by a 6-2 tally.
The Rebels got on the board quickly with a fielders’ choice and an error that allowed a run to score. The Lady E-Hawks went down in order in their half of the first frame.
Sioux Central would suffer a similar fate, going down in order in the top of the second, while Emmetsburg got a single from Jacque Carlson, only to see her put out at second, but Emily Noll got on off a fielders’ choice and came around to score off a stolen base and a pair of passed balls to tie the game at 1-1.
The Rebels went down in order in the third, while Emmetsburg got a single from Ashton Connelly and walks from Alexa Naig and Miranda Vlasman to load the bases, only to leave the trio waiting when the inning ended.
In the top of the fourth, the Rebels got hot. An error opened the at-bat and was followed by a fly ball to Kendall Deitering in left field for the first out. But, a single would score the first runner and a fielders’ choice would be followed by a double to score two more runs. A single would put runners at first and third, but a single would score the two runs before a put out and strikeout ended the at-bat.
Trailing 6-1, Emmetsburg would got down two outs before Hanna VanOosbree and Jenna Chapman wer walked, only to be left waiting to end the fouth frame.
The two teams traded outs in the fifth inning and in the top of the sixth, Sioux Central led off with a single and added a second base hit, only to leave both runners in scoring position when the Emmetsburg defense made the stop.
In their half of the sixth, the Lady E-Hawks got a lead-off walk from Michaela Rehm before going down two outs, Hanna VanOosbree came back to belt out a single and was followed on base by Jenna Chapman’s double that scored Rehm. But with the two runners waiting in scoring position, Ashton Connelly was put out at first to end the inning.
Holding a 6-2 lead in the top of the seventh, Sioux Central got a lead-off double but went down two outs before putting a runner on base off an error, but the two runners were stranded to end the at-bat.
The Lady E-Hawks would try to rally, but were retired in order to end the game in the tough loss.
Once again, stranded runners hurt Emmetsburg, with seven runners left looking for a way home in the contest.
Ashton Connelly was charged with the loss, as she gave up six runs, five earned, off seven hits, wit seven strikeouts and one walk.
Emmetsburg got a double from Jenna Chapman, while Jacque Carlson, Hanna VanOosbree and Ashton Connelly all had a base hit each.
The tough week came to a close Friday night when Emmetsburg hosted Spencer in a Lakes Conference matchup. The two teams played a defensive masterpiece through six innings before Spencer escaped with the 1-0 victory.
The Tigers were put out in order to start the game, and Emmetsburg got a single from Whitney Kibbie, only to leave her waiting to end the inning. Spencer went down in order in the top of the second, and Emmetsburg got a single from Hanna VanOosbree before Connelly got on base on an interference call, but the duo was left waiting to end the second.
An exchange of outs made up the third inning and in the top of the fourth, Spencer would get runners on base off an error and a base hit, but left them waiting for a way home. Emmetsburg would be retired in order to end the inning.
Spencer would get a hit in the fifth but stranded their runner and Emmetsburg would duplicate the effort as the defensive battle continued.
In the top of the sixth, Spencer would get a single and left their runner waiting, but the Lady E-Hawks would get two hits, but left Kibbie and Carlson on the corners to end the sixth.
In the top of the seventh, Spencer went down one out before the Tigers’ Taylor Anderson took a pitch from Ashton Connelly over the left field fence for a solo home run to break the scoreless deadlock. The Tigers would then be retired, but held a 1-0 lead.
Emmetsburg got a single from Alexa Naig with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Naig was stranded when the game ended in the 1-0 loss.
Ashton Connelly took the loss, surrendering the home run on four hits with three strikeouts.
Offensively, Emmetsburg got two singles from Whitney Kibbie, while Jacque Carlson, Hanna VanOosbree, Alexa Naig and Ashton Connelly all got base hits.
Emmetsburg was slated to host LeMars on Monday before traveling to Western Christian on Wednesday and hosting Cherokee on Thursday before making up a game at North Union on Friday. On Saturday, the Lady E-Hawks host their own tournament, with Manson Northwest Webster, Newell-Fonda and Alta-Aurelia at 9 a.m. Saturday.