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Lady E-Hawks Split Final Regular Season Contests

By Staff | Jul 7, 2015

ON?THE?MOVE - Emmetsburg’s Sarah Simington, at second, and Allison Freeman, at first, take off on steal attempts during play at Estherville Wednesday night. Emmetsburg would fall 5-3 to ELC but defeated Storm Lake 14-1 Thursday night to close out the regular season. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks closed out the regular season for 2015 on a positive note with a 14-1 win over Storm Lake on Thursday night. However, a 5-3 loss to Estherville Lincoln Central on Wednesday night would give Emmetsburg a 2-3 mark in the final week of the regular season and a 16-10 record as they prepare for post-season play on Wednesday night.

After a split in a doubleheader Tuesday night at Spirit Lake, Emmetsburg traveled to Estherville on Wednesday night and fell in a 5-3 decision to the Midgets.

Emmetsburg opened the first inning with a single by Ashley Overberg, but the speedster would be left waiting at third base when Sarah Simington sacrificed and Michaela Rehm and Allison Freeman were put out to end the top of the first inning. ELC would get a lone single in their half of the inning, but left her waiting when the inning ended.

In the top of the second frame, Emmetsburg would be retired in order by the Midgets’ defense, but in the bottom of the inning, ELC?would get a single, only to leave their runner waiting to end the inning again.

Jenna Chapman would open the third inning for Emmetsburg by drawing a walk, and moved to second off Alexa Naig’s sacrifice. Ashley Overberg would draw a walk, and Sarah Simington would reach on a fielders’ choice that put Chapman out at third base and moved Overberg to second, but a fly ball by Michaela Rehm ended the at-bat. But Emmetsburg’s defense was fired up when they took the field, and set the Midgets down in order to end the third frame in the scoreless deadlock.

In the top of the fourth, Allison Freeman led off getting on base off an error at short, but Kate Jackson struck out. Ashton Connelly would step up and pounded a triple to the left field fence that brought Freeman over the plate for the first run of the game. Hali Noll would fly out next, but Jenna Chapman issued an RBI?single to score Connelly for a 2-0 lead before being stranded when Alexa Naig was called out on strikes.

Trailing 2-0, the Midgets used back-to-back errors by the Lady E-Hawk infield to score a run before a two-run home run by Gwen Shutjer gave the Midgets a 3-2 advantage. A fly out would be followed by a single, but the runner was left waiting to end the inning with ELC?holding a 3-2 advantage.

A fly out opened the top of the fifth for Emmetsburg, but Sarah Simington singled before Michaela Rehm flew out. Allison Freeman was walked before Kate Jackson reached on an error at first base, which allowed Simington to score her run to tie the game up at 3-3. But with Freeman waiting at third, Ashton Connelly popped up for the third out.

ELC?would start their half of the fifth with a strikeout, but got back-to-back singles before a strikeout and fly out to Alexa Naig in right field ended the inning with two runners stranded.

But, Emmetsburg would be retired in order in the top of the sixth inning and the Midgets opened their half of the inning with a single and an error that would score one run. A fly ball out followed, but a ground out scored a second run before Emmetsburg could make the stop, now trailing 5-3.

In the top of the seventh, Ashley Overberg would fly out to lead off, but Sarah Simington was walked. Michaela Rehm flew out before Freeman was put out at first to end the game.

Hali Noll would go six innings in the loss, giving up five runs, only one earned, off seven hits with two strikeouts.

Emmetsburg would get a triple from Ashton Connelly, while Jenna Chapman, Sarah Simington and Ashley Overberg each added a hit.

Shaking off the tough loss, the Lady E-Hawks traveled to Storm Lake on Thursday night to meet the Tornadoes and earned a 14-1 win in five innings of action.

The game started out with Ashley Overberg singling and stealing second before Alexa Naig singled, which allowed Overberg to take third and then score the opening run of the contest. Michaela Rehm would fly out and Allison Freeman grounded out, but a single from Kate Jackson brought Alexa Naig over the plate for a 2-0 lead. Ashton Connelly would single and was replaced on base by Natalie Kliegl as a courtesy runner. But Hali Noll would fly out to end the at-bat for the Lady E-Hawks.

Storm Lake got a leadoff single in the bottom of the first inning, but three straight outs would end the inning with a 2-0 Emmetsburg lead.

The Lady E-Hawks got a leadoff single from Jenna Chapman in the top of the second, but Sarah Simington would strike out as Chapman took second on a passed ball, but was caught stealing third before Ashley Overberg flew out to end the at-bat. But, Storm Lake would go down in order in their half of the inning to kept he score at 2-0.

The top of the third inning saw Emmetsburg go down in order and in the bottom of the frame, Storm Lake put together a rally. Nora Seaman reached on an error and a single would follow before a strikeout, but a dropped third strike allowed the batter to get to first base and Seaman was able to score a run for the Tornadoes. A strikeout would follow and a fly ball into foul territory at third base was snagged by Allison Freeman to end the inning.

With their lead cut to 2-1 to start the fourth inning, Emmetsburg came out firing. Kate Jackson drew a leadoff walk before Ashton Connelly flew out to short. But Hali Noll singled before Jenna Chapman flew out to center field.

With two away and runners at second and third after a passed ball, Sarah Simington was walked to load the bases for the Lady E-Hawks. Ashley Overberg stepped up and pounded a single into center field to score Jackson’s run and Noll would come home on a throw as Simington moved to third and Overberg went to second.

Alexa Naig stepped into the batters’ box and punched the ball deep into right field, scoring her two teammates and then came home to score when Michaela Rehm singled to left field. Allison Freeman would reach on an error as Rehm moved to second before Kate Jackson came up for the second time in the at-bat and doubled to right field, bringing Rehm over the plate and Freeman would score her run on the throw from the outfield.

But Jackson would be left waiting at third when Ashton Connelly flew out to second to end the at-bat, with Emmetsburg now holding a 9-1 advantage.

Storm Lake went down two quick outs before getting a single, but left the runner at first when a fly ball ended the inning.

In the top of the fifth inning, Hali Noll led off with a single and was replaced by Natalie Kliegl as a courtesy runner. Kliegl would then steal second and moved to third off an error before Jenna Chapman was walked and stole second before Sarah Simington singled to center field, scoring Kliegl’s run. Chapman would then score on the throw in from center field.

With Simington at first, Ashley Overberg punched a double into center field, scoring Simington’s run and Overberg would come home when Alexa Naig doubled to right field. Michaela Rehm would take a double the opposite direction to left field to score Naig’s run, but would end up waiting at second after Allison Freeman flew out, Kate Jackson struck out and Ashton Connelly flew out to end the at-bat.

Emmetsburg would play defense in the bottom of the fifth and got two ground outs before relief pitcher Parker Traub struck out the final batter for the 14-1 win.

Ashton Connelly would earn the win, going three and two-thirds innings, giving up one run off three hits with four strikeouts. Hali Noll pitched two-thirds of an inning and Parker Traub pitched two thirds of an inning, getting one strikeout.

Alexa Naig had a triple, double and single in the win, while Michaela Rehm and Kate Jackson both had a double and single each. Ashely Overberg had a double and two singles, while Hali Noll had two base hits and Ashton Connelly, Jenna Chapman and Sarah Simington all added base hits to the winning effort.

Emmetsburg will enter the post season this Wednesday, July 8, when they host South O’Brien in a Class 2A Regional Quarterfinal game at Emmetsburg, starting at 7 p.m. The winner of Wednesday’s game plays in a Regional semi-final on Friday, July 10, at 7 p.m. in Emmetsburg.