Emmetsburg Manhandled by Humboldt In 14-8 Loss
Humboldt’s Wildcats put on a hitting display Tuesday night in a 14-8 win over Emmetsburg in non-conference softball action. The loss dropped Emmetsburg to 11-20 on the season as the post season looms.
The Lady E-Hawks limited Humboldt to a leadoff single to open Tuesday’s Senior Night contest, before solid infield defense from Tegan Olson at third and Whitney Kibbie at short retired the Wildcats. In the bottom of the first, Emmetsburg led off with Whitney Kibbie rapping out a single and coming around to score off an RBI double by Michaela Rehm with two out. Rehm would be left waiting, though when the inning ended.
Humboldt erupted in the top of the second, as the led off with a solo home run and followed it up with a double, a pair of errors and three singles that would allow six runs to score before the Lady E-Hawk defense ended the opportunity. Emmetsburg got a leadoff single from Jacque Carlson, and her pinch runner, Ashley Overberg, came around to score with two out off an RBI double from Alexa Naig, but Naig would be left waiting when the inning ended.
With a 6-2 lead to start the third, Humboldt would get a triple with two outs, but left their runner waiting. The Lady E-Hawks had Miranda Vlasman draw a walk in the bottom of the third, be she would be left looking for a way home to end the inning as well.
The Wildcats would score a run in the top of the fourth after a double and a pair of singles, but Emmetsburg’s defense forced Humboldt to strand the two runners without a way home. Now trailing 7-2 in the bottom of the fourth, Emmetsburg battled back. Jacque Carlson led off with a single and Jenna Chapman got on base off an error. A passed ball and a wild pitch allowed Carlson to score her run before a sacrifice by Kendall Deitering brought Chapman over the plate. An error on Alexa Naig’s at-bat put her on base. After stealing second, Naig moved to third after Whitney Kibbie was walked, and then came home to score off a passed ball before the Lady E-Hawks were retired to end the inning.
With their lead trimmed to 7-5, Humboldt would manage a base hit in their half of the fifth inning and no more. Emmetsburg wasn’t done, as they picked up where they left off in the fourth with Tegan Olson drawing a walk with one out. Jacque Carlson rapped out her third hit of the night before Kendall Deitering smacked an RBI single to score Olson’s run, even though the throw home was in time, but the Wildcat catcher lost the ball as she blocked the plate, and Olson reached around to slap the plate with her hand to score the run. Trailing by a run with two out, a passed ball prompted Carlson to break for home. The senior raced in and started to slide, but collided solidly with the catcher, who lost the ball. Carlson was ruled safe, but the game was delayed a few minutes as the catcher caught her breath after the collision at the plate. But, the inning ended with the score knotted at 7-7 when Alexa Naig was put out.
In the top of the sixth, Humboldt came roaring back, however, as they would plate five runs off a pair of singled and three doubles before Emmetsburg could make the defensive stop. After watching their tie score evaporated into a 12-7 deficit, the Lady E-Hawks tried to battle back again. With one out, Miranda Vlasman drew a walk and was followed on base by Emily Noll, who was also walked. An RBI single from Michaela Rehm would score Vlasman’s run, but the two Lady E-Hawks would be left waiting when the inning ended.
The Wildcats would come up in the top of the seventh and draw a walk and put a runner on base off an error before bringing them both home off an error for a 14-8 lead.
In their final opportunity, Emmetsburg went down two outs as pinch hitter Allison Freeman was put out at first and Kendall Deitering hit a fly out to first before Alexa Naig rapped out a double to left field, only to be stranded when Whitney Kibbie was put out at first to end the game.
The loss was charged to Hali Noll in the pitching circle, as she surrendered 14 runs, nine earned, off 16 hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.
The Lady E-Hawks were led by Alexa Naig’s two doubles, while Michaela Rehm added a double and single to the effort. Jacque Carlson pounded out three base hits and Whitney Kibbie added two hits, while Kendall Deitering added a single.