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Lady E-Hawks Struggle In Conference Setback

By Staff | Jun 9, 2016

PLAY?THE?BUNT - Lady E-Hawk pitcher Mikayla Frerichs fields a Cherokee bunt as first baseman Molly Schany (23) and third baseman Allison Freeman (32) converge on the play in Monday’s loss to the Braves in Lakes Conference softball action. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks struggled defensively in a 16-3 loss to Cherokee in Lakes Conference softball action Monday night. The loss dropped Emmetsburg to 1-5 on the season and 0-2 in Lakes Conference play on the diamond.

Cherokee would open the contest with two quick runs coming off a pair of base hits and an error for a 2-0 lead. Emmetsburg would get a leadoff walk from Sarah Simington, but left her waiting when the next three batters were struck out.

The Lady E-Hawk defense tightened up in the top of the second and got a pair of strikeouts and a force out on the Braves. But in the bottom of the second, Jenna Chapman got on base off a dropped third strike, but would be left waiting at second when the inning ended.

Cherokee would lead off the third inning with a walk and followed up with back-to-back singles to score a run before a walk was followed by a Grand Slam home run from Cherokee’s Sarah Kach that gave the Braves a 7-0 lead. Another single would leave a runner waiting when the Lady E-Hawks finally got the stop to end the at-bat.

In the bottom of the third, Emmetsburg got a walk for Sarah Simington with one out, and the junior worked her way around the bases to score off an error on Kate Jackson’s at-bat that was dropped by the left fielder. Jackson would move to second base on a steal and Allison Freeman drew a walk, but the duo would be left waiting when the inning ended with the score 7-1.

In the fourth, Cherokee added two runs off a walk and a base hit, but a passed ball would figure into both runs and an error would put a runner on base before Emmetsburg could end the at-bat.

Trailing by 9-1 tally in the bottom of the fourth, the Lady E-Hawks would get a base hit from Lindsay Carter, but left her waiting when the inning ended.

The Braves would go on a rampage in the top of the fifth inning, as they sent 10 batters to the plate and scored seven runs off four singles, a double and an error, along with a walk and a batter hit by a pitch.

Now trailing 16-1, Emmetsburg had one final chance to right the ship as they came up to bat in the bottom of the fifth.

Sarah Simington flew out to right field to lead off, but Parker Traub rapped out a single down the first base line to get on base. Kate Jackson would strike out swinging for the second out, However, Allison Freeman stepped up and smacked a base hit that allowed Traub to circle the basepaths and score her run as Freeman moved to third base on the throw.

First baseman Molly Schany would get on base off an error that allowed Freeman to plate her run as the Lady E-Hawks seemed to be on track for a late rally, but Jenna Chapman would go down swinging to end the game in the 16-3 loss.

Emmetsburg’s Mikayla Frerichs was charged with the loss in the circle, as she surrendered up 16 runs, 10 of which were earned, off 11 hits, including the Grand Slam home run, with five walks and five strikeouts in five innings of play.

For the Lady E-Hawks’ offense, Parker Traub, Allison Freeman and Lindsay Carter all came away with base hits in the contest.