Lady E-Hawks Rally For Victory
STORM LAKE Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks had to rally on Monday night to claim a 5-4 victory over Storm Lake in softball action Monday night. The win gives Emmetsburg a mark of 11-19 on the year and 4-9 in the Lakes Conference race.
The Lady E-Hawks got off to a strong start as Whitney Kibbie led off with base hit for her team, and with one out, Emily Noll smacked an RBI double to score Kibbie. Noll would come home to score her run off a double to Tegan Olson , but Olson would be left waiting at third when the opportunity ended. Storm Lake would come up in the bottom of the first and got a pair of base hits, only to leave their runners stranded when the inning ended and trailing 2-0.
Emmetsburg opened the second inning with a pair of quick outs, but Alexa Naig promptly hit a solid single and then stole second base on the next pitch to teammate Whitney Kibbie. Kibbie would end up drawing a walk, but the two Lady E-Hawks were left waiting on base when Miranda Vlasman hit a fly ball to right field. The bottom of the second saw Storm Lake lead off with a putout, but a walk was followed by an error on a misplayed ball before a strikeout. But with two out, Storm Lake put a runner on base off an error and scored a run. A booming triple to the left field fence would allow two more runs to come home for the Tornadoes before the Emmetsburg defense made the stop.
Now trailing 3-2, Emmetsburg got a double into center field from Michaela Rehm with out, but Rehm would be left waiting at second when her team was retired by the Tornadoes. Storm Lake would duplicate the effort in their half of the third, getting a leadoff single, only to leave the runner stranded when they were sat down in order after the hit.
Trailing 3-0 to open the fourth inning, Emmetsburg would draw back-to-back walks for Ashton Connelly and Kendall Deitering, but with courtesy runner Ashley Overberg and Deitering working their way to third and second, the duo were left wanting a way home when the Lady E-Hawks were retired. The Tornadoes would got down two outs to start their half of the fourth inning, but a double was quickly turned into a score when a second double was collected to make the lead 4-2.
Emmetsburg was beginning to feel a sense of urgency to find a way to score as they opened the fifth inning. Emily Noll drew a leadoff walk before Michaela Rehm popped out to short. But Tegan Olson came up and blasted a double to the center field fence that allowed Noll to score her run. A foul out by Jacque Carlson gave Emmetsburg its second out, but Olson came home off a passed ball before Ashton Connelly was walked, but Connelly would be put out at second on a fielders’ choice on Kendall Deitering’s at-bat to end the opportunity.
With the score tied at 4-4, Storm Lake would be retired in order in the bottom of the fifth inning by the Emmetsburg defense. But in the top of the sixth, Emmetsburg suffered a similar fate, being retired in order. However, the Lady E-Hawks returned the favor to the Tornadoes to set up the decisive seventh inning.
A quick fly out opened the top of the seventh inning for Emmetsburg, but an error placed Michaela Rehm on base. Tegan Olson would smack a double down the third base line that allowed Rehm to score the tie-breaking run. A single from pinch hitter Darion Helle was followed by a fielders’ choice on Ashton Connelly’s at-bat, which saw the Tornadoes throw Tegan Olson out at home for the second out. Kendall Deitering drew a walk, but an infield fly to third base on Alexa Naig’s at-bat sent the Lady E-Hawks to the field for defense.
Storm Lake led off with a short fly out, but got a single, only to leave their runner waiting at second base as a put out at first was followed by a deep fly ball to Kendall Deitering in left field ended the game in the one-run victory for Emmetsburg.
Hali Noll earned the win in the circle as she pitched seven innings and surrendered four runs, one earned, off seven hits, with one walk and six strikeouts. For the Lady E-Hawks, Tegan Olson had the hot bat, ripping three doubles in the contest, while Emily Noll and Michaela Rehm also hit doubles. Jacque Carlson and Alexa Naig both added base hits to the effort.