Lady E-Hawks Battle Hard In Tough Road Loss
CHEROKEE – The road was not friendly for the Emmetsburg Lady E-Hawk Softball Team Monday, as the fell to the Braves by an 8-10 score. The loss gives Emmetsburg a mark of 14-7 on the season.
After defeating Cherokee 5-2 earlier in June at Emmetsburg, the Lady E-Hawks got off to a slow start on Monday, stranding Ashley Overberg in the first inning after a leadoff single.
Cherokee would make the most of the moment, as they pushed five runs over the plate in the bottom of the first inning, using two singles and a three-run home run to do the damage before Emmetsburg’s defense could make the stop.
The Lady E-Hawks would get a walk from Kate Jackson in the top of the second, but left her stranded. Cherokee would get a two-run homer in the bottom of the second to increase their lead to 7-0 as the Lady E-Hawks opened the third inning.
With two quick outs, Alexa Naig drew a walk, and Michaela Rehm pounded out a double to put the two Lady E-Hawks in scoring position, but an infield fly out by Allison Freeman ended the opportunity. But, the Lady E-Hawk defense stiffened in the bottom of the third and retired Cherokee in order.
In the top of the fourth inning, Kate Jackson led off with a walk for Emmetsburg, and Ashton Connelly ripped a double. With runners in scoring position, Hali Noll was walked to load the sacks.
A walk was issued to Jenna Chapman to score Jackson and a fielders’ choice allowed Sarah Simington to get on base as Connelly came home.
Trailing 7-2, Emmetsburg got a huge hit from Ashley Overberg, who calmly punched the ball right up the middle of the field and over the fence for a Grand Slam, scoring courtesy runner Natalie Klieg, Chapman, Simington and herself, cutting the deficit to 6-7.
Alexa Naig would draw a walk before Michaela Rehm flew out and Allison Freeman grounded out, allowing Naig to move to third base. Starting over in the batting order, Kate Jackson walked again before Ashton Connelly hit an RBI?single to score Naig, and Jackson would come home on a passed ball as Hali Noll was walked, but the at-bat ended when Jenna Chapman struck out.
Cherokee was now on the trailing side of the score a 7-8, but quickly answered with three singles that scored a run before a sacrifice scored a second run and a ground out scored a third run to allow the Braves to retake the lead at 10-8 when the fourth inning ended.
Emmetsburg would be retired in order in the top of the fifth, and Cherokee would get a pair of singles, but left a runner waiting after a double play ended the inning.
Allison Freeman would draw a walk in the top of the sixth, but was put out on Kate Jackson’s fielders’ choice, leaving Jackson looking for a way home when the at-bat ended.
Cherokee would be retired in order in the bottom of the sixth to set up the decisive seventh inning.
But, Emmetsburg would be struck out in order in their final at-bat to fall in the 10-8 final decision.
Hali Noll was tagged for the loss, allowing 10 runs off 13 hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Ashley Overberg would have the Grand Slam and a single in the contest, while Ashton Connelly had a double and single and Michaela Rehm added a double to the effort.
Emmetsburg would play a double-header on Tuesday due to scheduling. Because of a rainout earlier in the month, the Lady E-Hawks needed to make up a Lakes Conference game with Spirit Lake before the end of the week. Additionally, a game with South O’Brien was also scheduled for this week, and after discussing the idea, South O’Brien agreed to play Emmetsburg at Spirit Lake Tuesday night at 5:30 and then the Lady E-Hawks made up the league contest with Spirit Lake.
Against South O’Brien, Emmetsburg would earn a 10-5 victory, but in the nightcap, after a fast start and early 4-0 lead over the Indians, Spirit Lake rallied to take the lead, but a late rally by the Lady E-Hawks tied the game at 7-7 in the top of the seventh. However, a leadoff home run by the Indians would end the contest in the bottom of the seventh with Spirit Lake earning the 8-7 win over Emmetsburg for a season mark of 15-8.