FORT?DODGE - The black and white of it was tough to accept.
Emmetsburg's Lady E-Hawks were dealt an 11-0 shutout in the first round of Class 2A play at the Girls State Softball Tournament Monday afternoon.
The loss at the hands of Des Moines Christian moved Emmetsburg into consolation round action at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning against Denver for a chance to play for fifth place later Wednesday afternoon.
Lady E-Hawks catcher Miranda Vlasman applies a tag to Des Moines Christian’s Nicole Huffey after a rundown between third and home as third baseman Tegan Olson, left, and pitcher Faith Schmidt, background, back up the play. --Dan Voigt photo
For Emmetsburg Head Coach Travis Birkey, it was a long, tough game on Monday, not only because of 95 degree temperatures, but also because the Lady E-Hawks seemed sluggish and didn't show good hitting discipline.
"Some of us, we just don't realize if we are down five runs that we don't go up there and just start swinging," Birkey explained. "You have to go up there and find your pitch to drive and then you have to make their pitcher pitch to you. It seemed like our pitcher was out there for an hour and theirs was only out there for 10 minutes."
The Lions of Des Moines Christian opened the game with a single that would turn into a run after an RBI?single deep into left field before the Lady E-Hawk defense could end the at-bat. In their half of the first inning, Emmetsburg would get a single from Faith Schmidt, but left courtesy runner Alexa Naig waiting when the inning ended.
The top of the second inning seemed like a cloudburst of misfortune for the Lady E-Hawks. The Lions led off with a single and would follow up with a walk and sacrifice before a fielders' choice resulted in a rundown of Nicole Huffey by third baseman Tegan Olson and catcher Miranda Vlasman, with Vlasman tagging the runner out just short of the plate.
A second walk would load the bases before Chloe Frey rapped a double to the fence in left center to score three runs for the Lions. An error would score Frey and a triple would score one more run before Emmetsburg could close the floodgates.
Trailing 6-0 to lead of the bottom of the second, Emmetsburg led off with Vlasman striking out. Michaela Rehm would rap out a single, but a strikeout of Hannah VanOosbree was followed by a base hit from Tegan Olson. However, with Rehm at third and Olson at first, Whitney Kibbie grounded out to end the inning.
The top of the third seemed like lightning had struck twice in the same spot. Des?Moines Christian led off with a single from Nicole Huffey and after a fly out to Kibbie at second for the first out, the Lions drew a walk. An error loaded the sacks before a double by Tierra Fletcher scored two runs. A sacrifice would score a third run before a wild pitch brought Fletcher over the plate.
With two outs, the Lions drew another walk and then got a double from Olivia Rasmussen to score a run before collecting their third walk of the inning. The tenth batter of the at-bat would hit into a put out at first to end the onslaught, as the Lions now held an 11-0 lead over Emmetsburg.
The bottom of the third was quick, as Aly Berven, Kaity Degen and Faith Schmidt were struck out in order to retire the side.
Des Moines Christian would lead off the fourth inning with a single, but good defense by Emmetsburg would lead the runner waiting at third base when the at-bat ended. Emmetsburg would come up in the bottom of the fourth with Jacque Carlson being put out and Miranda Vlasman hitting a short infield fly for the second out.
Michaela Rehm would collect her second single of the game and stole second base before Hannah VanOosbree drew a walk. But, the two Lady E-Hawks were left waiting for a way home when Tegan Olson was put out to end the inning.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Lions would go down in order, as Aly Berven made back-to-back stops at short and threw to Jacque Carlson at first for put outs, before Kaity Degen made a fly ball catch in left field to end the at-bat.
Looking at their final chance, Emmetsburg would go down in order, as Kibbie struck out, while Berven was put out on a bunt and Degen hit a line shot to second to end the game.
Faith Schmidt was tagged with the loss, as she went five innings and faced 31 batters, surrendering 11 runs, nine earned, off nine hits. Schmidt walked five batters and struck out two. Des Moines Christian's Leah Harris faced 20 batters, surrendered four hits while walking one and striking out seven Emmetsburg batters to record the win in the circle.
For Emmetsburg, Michaela Rehm had two singles to lead the offense, while Tegan Olson and Faith Schmidt accounted for the other two hits. Emmetsburg committed three errors in the contest while Des Moines Christian had no errors.