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Lady E-Hawks Sweep West Hancock Tournament

By Staff | Jun 20, 2017

SWING?AWAY - Emmetsburg’s Gillian Nolan bats during action against West Hancock on Saturday. Emmetsburg won the tournament to improve to 9-12 on the year. -- Diane Brennan photo

BRITT – After a tough week on the diamond, Emmetsburg’ Lady E-Hawks traveled to Britt on Saturday and swept the West Hancock Invitational Tournament. Emmetsburg defeated Northwood-Kensett 6-1 and then handed West Hancock a 13-1 loss to improve to 9-12 overall on the year.

Opening against Northwood-Kensett, Emmetsburg would take a 2-0 lead after the first inning, as NK stranded a runner in the top of the inning. The Lady E-Hawks would get two runs from Lindsay Carter and Kate Jackson in the bottom of the first inning to take a lead they would never surrender.

Northwood-Kensett would strand two runners in the second, while Emmetsburg would be retired in order in their half of the inning. In the third, NK?stranded a runner again in their half of the inning. Emmetsburg would bring two runs over the plate as Macy McAllister and Lindsay Carter would score before the inning ended with a 4-0 advantage for the Lady E-Hawks.

Northwood-Kensett was retired in order in the top of the fourth, while the Lady E-Hawks got a run from Molly Schany, while leaving Emma Anderson waiting when the inning ended for a 5-0 Emmetsburg lead.

In the fifth inning, Northwood-Kensett would push a run over the plate off a pair of base hits and a stolen base to make the score 5-1 as Emmetsburg came up to bat. However, the Lady E-Hawks answered with a run of their own, as Kate Jackson would walk and came around to score off a single from Molly Schany, but Sarah Simington, Schany and Morgan Jamison would all be left waiting when the inning ended.

In the sixth, Northwood-Kensett would strand two runners, while Emmetsburg would leave Lindsay Carter waiting at third when the inning came to a close. In their final at-bat, Northwood-Kensett would be retried in order to end the game in the 6-1 win for Emmetsburg.

Mikayla Frerichs earned the win, giving up one earned run off six hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

Emmetsburg got a double from Kate Jackson, while Molly Schany and Lindsay Carter both had two hits each and Macy McAllister added a base hit.

For the tournament final, Emmetsburg met West Hancock and earned a 13-1 win in three innings of play.

Emmetsburg led off with a six-run outburst as Lindsay Carter, Annie Brennan, Kate Jackson, Molly Schany, Gillian Nolan and Ali Laubenthal all crossed the plate during the at-bat, as Emmetsburg sent 11 batters to the plate before being retired.

West Hancock would be retired in order by strikeouts in the first inning.

In the top of the second Emmetsburg would pick up where they left off, as five runs would end up on the scoreboard. Annie Brennan led off with a double and would score along with Macy McAllister, Molly Schany, Gillian Nolan and Ali Laubenthal to give Emmetsburg an 11-0 lead after 11 batters again went to the plate in the top of the second inning before West Hancock could make the defensive stop. with Emmetsburg leaving the bases loaded.

The Eagles would get a run of their own in the second off a pair of base hits, but left two runners stranded when the inning ended.

With a 10-run lead to start the third inning, Emmetsburg would add two more runs in their half of the inning to put the game away. Leading off with two quick outs, Molly McCain and Ali Laubenthal would both come home to score off a series of walks and a passed ball as Abby Berkland and Cheyanne Fries were stranded to end the at-bat.

West Hancock would be retired in order off three fly ball outs to end the game on the 12-run rule.

Lindsay Carter would receive credit for the win, as she pitched an inning and a third and allowed one earned run off one hit, with three strikeouts. Abby Berkland relieved for an inning and two-thirds and allowed two hits with one strikeout.

Emmetsburg got a double from Annie Brennan, and two hits each from Lindsay Carter and Kate Jackson, while Sarah Simington, Molly Schany, Gillian Nolan, Ali Laubenthal and Raven Brown all added hits in the winning effort.