WEST BEND It took over a month to complete the matchup, but West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate's Lady Wolverines earned a 5-2 win over Emmetsburg in softball action Friday evening. The contest was originally started on May 20, but a thunderstorm and torrential rains force the game to be suspended in the bottom of the second inning at that time. On Friday, the skies were sunny, but a 20 mile-an-hour wind gusted from the north, adding a different challenge to the two ball clubs in the contest.
When it was suspended, the game was scoreless, with WBM/GCB's Liesel Schwartzkopf at first after being hit by a pitch. Courtesy runner Taylor Elbert was brought in to run to start Friday's game, as the Lady Wolverines Ashely Schmidt struck out and a fielders' choice on Harrison Schmidt put Elbert out at second. Rachel Wirtz drew a walk and an error on Lauren Thatcher's at-bat allowed Schmidt to score a run for a 1-0 lead when Kayla Banwart struck out to end the inning.
Alexa Naig led off the third with a strikeout but Whitney Kibbie was hit by a pitch. Miranda Vlasman was put out before Michaela Rehm hit a double to left center that scored Kibbie's run, but Rehm was stranded when Hannah Bird struck out. Courtney Bargmann led off for the Lady Wolverines with a walk, but was left waiting when Kenzie Grimm and Cassie Gearhart both flew out and Liesel Schwartzkopf struck out to end the inning.
GOT?HER! - Lady Wolverine shortstop Rachel Wirtz puts a tag on Emmetsubrg’s Kendall Deitering on a steal attempt at second base in Friday’s meeing of the two teams. The game was the continuation of a game that started May 20. -- Dan Voigt photo
Emmetsburg would go down in order in the top of the fourth, as Emily Noll flew out, but Kendall Deitering hit a single, only to be thrown out stealing second and Kate Jackson struck out.
Ashley Schmidt would fly out to lead off the bottom of the fourth for WBM/GCB, but a double from Harrison Schmidt was followed by an RBI single from Rachel Wirtz. An RBI triple from Lauren Thatcher scored Wirtz and a sacrifice by Kayla Banwart brought Thatcher home before Courtney Bargmann drew a walk, only to be stranded when Kenzie Grimm struck out to end the inning.
Now trailing 4-1, Emmetsburg would go down in order, as Jenna Chapman and Alexa Naig both struck out and Whitney Kibbie hit a fly ball to end the top of the fifth. The Lady Wolverines would get a leadoff walk for Cassie Gearhart and Liesel Schwartzkopf pounded out an RBI double to score Gearhart. Ashley Schmidt and Harrison Schmidt would both strike out and Rachel Wirtz was put out to leave a baserunner for WBM/GCB, who held a 5-1 lead.
In the top of the sixth , Miranda Vlasman led off with a base hit and came home to score off Michaela Rehm's RBI double. Rehm moved to third off Jacque Carlson's sacrifice, but Emily Noll flew out and Kendall Deitering was put out to strand Rehm. Back-to-back errors by the Lady E-Hawks put Lauren Thatcher and Kayla Banwart on base in the bottom of the sixth, but three straight strikeouts of Bargmann, Grimm and Gearhart ended the threat.
Trailing 5-2 in the top of the seventh, Emmetsburg's hopes of a late rally were dashed when pinch hitter Hanna VanOosbree and Jenna Chapman both struck out and Alexa Naig flew out to end the game.
Kenzie Grimm got the win for the Lady Wolverines in seven innings of work, as she gave up two runs, both earned, off five hits, with one walk and 11 strikeouts. Hali Noll would pitch four innings for Emmetsburg, and gave up four runs, three earned, off three hits with four walks and six strikeouts. Ashton Connelly relieved for the final two innings and gave up one earned run off one hit, with one walk and five strikeouts.
For the Lady Wolverines, Lauren Thatcher had a triple, while Liesel Schwartzkopf added a double. Harrison Schmidt and Rachel Wirtz both added singles to the effort.
For the Lady E-Hawks, Michaela Rehm had a double and single, while Whitney Kibbie, Miranda Vlasman and Kendall Deitering all had one hit.