Emmetsburg's Lady E-Hawks played for more than a win on Tuesday night against Laurens-Marathon; they also played for Gayle Schmeling in their annual Pink Out Game for cancer awareness.
The Lady E-Hawks would claim a 5-2 victory over the Chargers as they played for Schmeling, a paraeducator in the Emmetsburg Community Schools who has been battling breast cancer since January of this year.
Following a pre-game ceremony honoring Schmeling with the presentation of a gift, the Lady E-Hawks went to work against the Chargers.
Emmetsburg’s Hannah VanOosbree fights off a pitch during play against Laurens-Marathon Tuesday night. Emmetsburg claimed a 5-2 win in the Pink Out night game. --Dan Voigt photo
Emmetsburg pitcher Faith Schmidt struck the Chargers out in order to start the game, but as Emmetsburg came up to bat, a fly out opened the opportunity. Kaity Degen would get on base off a single and then advanced to score off a sacrifice fly by Schmidt before Jacque Carlson struck out to end the first inning.
With Emmetsburg holding a 1-0 lead, Laurens-Marathon would go down in order in the top of the second off a fly ball to Carlson at first and two strikeouts. However, the Lady E-Hawks would suffer a similar fate in their half of the inning with a put-out of Miranda Vlasman, a fly out for Michaela Rehm and a strikeout of Hannah VanOosbree.
The top of the third went the same way for the Chargers as it did in the second, only with a put-out at first and two strikeouts. In their half of the third, Emmetsburg's Teegan Olson and Whitney Kibbie were put out at first and Aly Berven hit a fly ball to second to end the inning.
The chargers would suffer two quick strikeouts in the top of the fourth inning, but got a single from Briley Sullivan for their first base runner of the contest, only to leave Sullivan stranded when Laina Sullivan hit right back at Faith Schmidt in the circle for the third out.
The Lady E-Hawks led off with a fly out to second by Degen, but Schmidt rapped out a base hit. Courtesy runner Alexa Naig came in and would watch as Carlson hit a fly ball to first for the second out. But a single by Miranda Vlasman launched Naig around the bases to score the first run of the game before Rehm was put out to end the inning.
In the fifth, the Chargers flew out and suffered two more strikeouts, but Emmetsburg would be put down in order when VanOosbree hit a fly ball to right, Olson was put out at first and Kibbie was pout out at first.
In the top of the sixth, Laurens-Marathon saw their first two batters strike out, but a single by Lauren Link gave the Chargers a glimmer of hope, only to be dashed with a put out at first to end the opportunity.
The Lady E-Hawks led off with Aly Berven pounding a double to center field and scoring off a passed ball on Kaity Degen's at-bat when Degen got on off an error. The passed ball would also allow Degen to come home for a 4-0 lead. Schmidt would fly out to third and Carlson hit a line shot to short for the second out, but Vlasman stepped up to the plate and pounded a triple to the center field fence. The catcher would come in to score off Michaela Rehm's RBI?single and Hannah VanOosbree added a single, but the duo were stranded when Olson flew out to end the inning.
Trailing 5-0, the Chargers led off the seventh with a single by Briley Sullivan and a walk of Laina Sullivan. A put out would follow, but an error on a dropped fly ball would allow the two runs to score. A single advanced Allison Hofmaster to third after the error and put Tiffany Reese on first, but the duo was stranded when Schmidt induced two strikeouts to end the ballgame.
Schmidt got the win, allowing two runs off three hits in seven innings while walking one and striking out 15.
The Lady E-Hawks got their hits from Miranda Vlasman's triple and single, along with Aly Berven's double. Kaity Degen, Faith Schmidt, Michaela Rehm and Hannah VanOosbree all added base hits to the winning effort.
Emmetsburg hosted Cherokee on Wednesday and hosts ELC on Thursday evening.