Lady E-Hawks Earn Four Wins, Sweep GH Tournament
Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks picked up four wins in the last half of the week, including a sweep at the Garner-Hayfield Tournament on Saturday. The wins improve Emmetsburg to 14-7 on the season.
The wins started Wednesday night with a 9-6 victory over Western Christian in Lakes Conference play. The Wolfpack took an early 1-0 lead to start the game, but Emmetsburg answered in their half of the first with two runs from Ashley Overberg and Allison Freeman off a pair of walks, a pair of singles and a fielders’ choice for a 2-1 lead.
Western would strand two runners in the second, but the Lady E-Hawks got a run from Jenna Chapman on a sacrifice by Alexa Naig to give the Lady E-Hawks a 3-1 lead to start the third.
The Wolfpack would tally a pair of runs in the third, using a double and three hits to score their runs and tie the score at 3-3. But Emmetsburg would reply in kind, getting runs from Allison Freeman, Kate Jackson and Ashton Connelly as they came around to score off a pair of hits, an error and a walk.
Western Christian added a run off a double and single in the fourth for a 6-4 score but the Lady E-Hawks tacked on a run when Katie Jackson scored off a single from Hali Noll after her own fielder’s choice.
The Wolfpack went down in order in the top of the fifth, but Emmetsburg tacked on two runs from Alexa Naig and Ashley Overberg off an error and a single to make the score 9-4 to start the sixth inning, but the Wolfpack went down in order in their half of the frame. Emmetsburg would get a walk from Ashton Connelly, but she was left waiting.
In the top of the seventh, Western Christian rallied to push two runs over the plate off a single and two doubles, but couldn’t come any closer.
Hali Noll got the win, allowing six earned runs off 15 hits with three strikeouts. Emmetsburg got two hits from Ashley Overberg and hits from Michaela Rehm, Ashton Connelly, Jenna Chapman and Alexa Naig.
Hosting West Hancock on Thursday night, the Lady E-Hawks scored in each inning to take an 11-0 win in five innings.
The visiting Eagles were retired in order in the first, while Emmetsburg got runs from Michaela Rehm and Allison Freeman off two hits and a double.
West Hancock went down in order in the second, while the Lady E-Hawks got runs from Jenna Chapman, courtesy runner Emma Anderson and Alexa Naig, using a single and two walks along with a sacrifice to tally the runs for a 5-0 lead
The third inning saw three up and three down for the Eagles and Emmetsburg added three more runs, this time from Kate Jackson, courtesy runner Natalie Kliegl and Hali Noll, as their runs came from two walks, two singles and a sacrifice for an 8-0 lead to start the fourth inning.
West Hancock got their first baserunner in the top of the fourth off a base hit, but left the runner stranded. Emmetsburg got three more runs from Michaela Rehm, Allison Freeman and Kate Jackson as they used four singles to score the runs for an 11-0 lead.
West Hancock would get a single in the top of the fifth with two out, but a final strikeout ended the game with the 11-0 victory for Emmetsburg.
Ashton Connelly went the distance for the win, giving up two hits with nine strikeouts. The Lady E-Hawks got two hits from Michaela Rehm, Allison Freeman and Jenna Chapman, while Ashley Overberg, Kate Jackson, Ashton Connelly and Hali Noll all added base hits to the effort.
After a day off on Friday, Emmetsburg traveled to Garner on Saturday to play in the Garner-Hayfield Invitational, taking on the Knights of Mason City Newman in the first game. The contest would be a scoreless defensive battle through the first three innings, with Newman getting a hit in the first inning and Emmetsburg getting Kate Jackson and Ashton Connelly on base in the second after Jackson was hit by a pitch and Connelly walked, but both were stranded when the inning ended.
The third was and exchange of outs and Newman went down in order in the top of the fourth inning, but in the bottom of the fourth, Emmetsburg made some noise. Allison Freeman singled with one out, and with some aggressive base runner, came around to score with two outs before Ashton Connelly grounded out to end the inning for a 1-0 lead.
The Knights were retired in order in the top of the fifth, and in the bottom of the inning, Emmetsburg opened up a can of offense.
An error put Hali Noll on base and courtesy runner Natalie Kliegl took over. Jenna Chapman singled and a base hit from Alexa Naig scored Kliegl. Ashley Overberg was walked and Jenna Chapman went home on a passed ball. Emma Anderson was hit by a pitch, and Michaela Rehm got on base off a fielder’s choice that brought Naig home for a 4-0 lead.
Allison Freeman was walked, allowing Overberg to score, and Kate Jackson walked, bringing Anderson home. A double by Ashton Connelly brought Rehm and Freeman over the plate for an 8-0 lead, and a late throw allowed Jackson to come home for a 9-0 lead.
Ali Laubenthal came in to run for Connelly as Hali Noll walked and was replaced again by Kliegl. Jenna Chapman would strike out for the first out, but Parker Traub drew a walk and Gillian Nolan rapped out a double to score Laubenthal and Kliegl to end the game by the 10-run rule.
Hali Noll got the win, giving up just one hit.
Ashton Connelly and Gillian Nolan both had doubles, while Allison Freeman, Jenna Chapman and Alexa Naig added singles.
For the championship, Emmetsburg met Garner-Hayfield and claimed an exciting 7-6 win.
The E-Hawks retired the Cardinals in order to start the contest, and then scored three runs in the bottom of the first as Ashely Overberg, Michaela Rehm and Allison Freeman scored off two singles, a double and an error to take a 3-0 lead.
The lead would hold through the second, but Emmetsburg would score a run from Alexa Naig after she was walked and came home off a single by Michaela Rehm, but Rehm, Sarah Simington and Ashley Overberg would be left waiting on base when the inning ended.
Garner-Hayfield would come back in the third, scoring five runs off a walk, three singles and a double before the Emmetsburg defense made the stop. The Lady E-Hawks would strand Kate Jackson in the bottom of the third inning to trail 5-4.
The Cardinals would strand a runner in the top of the fourth, but Emmetsburg would strand Sarah Simington in their half of the inning.
Garner-Hayfield went down in order in the top of the fifth, but Emmetsburg left Allison Freeman at second after a double in their half of the fifth. The Cardinals went down in order again in the top of the sixth, but Emmetsburg would get a base hit from Ashley Overberg, only to leave her waiting when the inning ended.
In the top of the seventh, Garner-Hayfield got a pair of base hits and pushed one run over the plate to take a 6-4 lead before Emmetsburg’s defense made the stop.
Trailing by two runs, Emmetsburg got singles from Michaela Rehm and Allison Freeman before Kate Jackson pounded a double to score her teammates to tie the game at 6-6. Ashton Connelly would then hit a single before Hali Noll flew out, but a single from Jenna Chapman would allow Jackson to score the game-winning run, giving Emmetsburg the come from behind win.
Ashton Connelly earned the win, giving up six runs, five earned, off seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Emmetsburg got two doubles from Allison Freeman and a single, while Kate Jackson added a double and single. Michaela Rehm had three hits and Ashley Overberg and Sarah Simington both had two hits each. Ashton Connelly and Jenna Chapman both had hits.