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Lady E-Hawks Fall In 2A Regional Semi-Final

By Staff | Jul 14, 2015

GOING?TO?BE?CLOSE - Lady E-Hawk Second baseman Sarah Simington waits for the throw to put Sioux Central’s Darma Tripp out during play in Friday’s Regional Semi-final. The hits were scarce for Emmetsburg as they fell in a 3-1 decision. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s road to a state tournament berth came to a halt Friday night in a 3-1 loss to Sioux Central in a Class 2A Regional Semi-final. The loss ends Emmetsburg’s season with a mark of 17-11.

Friday’s game was the second meeting of the two teams after an earlier season match that Sioux Central won by a 12-1 score.

The game started with a put out for the Rebels before a single and fielders’s choice would strand a runner to end the at-bat. Emmetsburg would also start with an out, but Alexa Naig got on base off a walk, only to be left waiting when the inning ended.

As the second inning opened, Sioux Central started with a fly ball out, but back-to-back singles would be followed by a put out before an error allowed a run to score before the at-bat ended.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Emmetsburg would get a leadoff single from Kate Jackson, but she would be left waiting when the next three Emmetsburg batters were retired in order.

STRIKEOUT! - Emmetsburg catcher Bailey Naig catches the third strike pitch to put out Sioux Central’s Larae Shiley Friday night. Emmetsburg pitcher Ashton Connelly struck out eight Sioux Central batters in the 3-1 loss to the Rebels.. -- Dan Voigt photo

The Rebels would use an error to lead off the top of the third inning and after a strikeout, a base hit would score the run before Emmetsburg pitcher Ashton Connelly induced two strikeouts to end the threat.

Now trailing 2-0 as they came up to bat in the bottom of the third, Emmetsburg would get a big single from Sarah Simington. A sacrifice by Ashley Overberg moved Simington to second and a wild pitch advanced her to third base before Alexa Naig sacrificed to second to score Simington’s run. Michaela Rehm would draw a walk, but a strikeout would strand Rehm at first base to make the score 2-1.

The run inspired Emmetsburg’s defense, as they would retire Sioux Central in order in the top of the fourth inning to come up to bat. A ground out would open the bottom of the inning before Ashton Connelly drew a walk. Courtesy runner Natalie Kliegl would take over on the basepaths. Hali Noll would get on base off an error that moved Kliegl to second base. Emma Anderson came in as a pinch runner for Noll, but a fielders’ choice on Jenna Chapman’s at-bat put Kliegl out at third for the second out. With runners at second and first, Sarah Simington would hit into a put out to end the opportunity.

Still holding a 2-1 lead as the fifth inning began, Sioux Central led off with back-to-back singles before a strikeout, but a base hit would score a run before a second strikeout and an infield fly to end the at-bat.

But the Lady E-Hawks would be retired in order in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Sioux Central would also be retired in order in the top of the sixth inning and Emmetsburg came up, hoping for some late-game magic. Allison Freeman led off with a single into center field, but Kate Jackson hit an infield fly to the pitcher for the first out. Ashton Connelly would draw a walk, and was replaced again by Natalie Kliegl as a courtesy runner. Hali Noll hit a sacrifice to first base for the second out as the game-tying runners advanced to second and third base, but Jenna Chapman would pop up to the pitcher to snuff the opportunity and end the sixth inning.

Sioux Central opened the top of the seventh witha strikeout and flew out to Sarah Simington at second base, but an error put a runner on base, only to have a fly ball to Kate Jackson at shortstop to end the at-bat.

With a final opportunity in front of them, Sarah Simington led off with a strikeout and Ashley Overberg drilled a line shot to second base. With two away, Alexa Naig hit a grounder that would end the game and the season for the Lady E-Hawks.

Ashton Connelly would take the loss as she pitched all seven innings and gave up three runs, one earned, off seven hits, with eight strikeouts.

Emmetsburg got singles from Sarah Simington, Kate Jackson and Allison Freeman to cap off the contest. With the end of the season, the Lady E-Hawks bid farewell to their three senior players, Michaela Rehm, Alexa Naig and Ashton Connelly.