ESTHERVILLE?- A?solo home run in the first inning helped propel Emmetsburg to a most satisfying 11-1 victory over Lakes Conference rival Estherville Lincoln Central Monday night. The victory brings the E-Hawks to 3-3 in league play and 6-6 overall.
The E-Hawks opened play Monday night at Estherville with a pair of quick outs in the top of the first inning. Jake Jackson changed the tone of the game quickly when he lifted a Billy Snyder pitch over the left field fence for a solo home run to give Emmetsburg a lead they would never surrender.
In the bottom of the first, the E-Hawks plated good defense, as ELC's lone baserunner was cut down at home on a steal attempt by E-Hawk catcher Jake Carlson off a throw from center fielder Ryan Kliegl to end the inning.
Emmetsburg’s Jake Jackson gets a congratulatory shake from Coach Mike Brennan as he rounds third base to score his solo home run in the first inning of Monday’s 11-1 E-Hawk win over Estherville Lincoln Central at Estherville. --Dan Voigt photo
Emmetsburg would go down in order in the second inning, and retired ELC?in order after granting a walk that was thrown out stealing second.
The E-Hawks would get a run in the top of the third when Brady Berkland rapped out a single with one out and worked around the bases off an error and a passed ball before scoring off a base hit from Taylor Wegner after Jake Jackson had been walked with two outs. Jackson and Wegner would be left waiting when the E-Hawks were retired.
The Midgets would threaten in the bottom of the third when they got a pair of walks, but the Emmetsburg defense held firm and shut the inning down, clinging to the 2-0 lead.
E-Hawk right-fielder Joe Jackson led off the top of the fourth inning with a double down the first base line and was followed on base by Luke Jackson with a single. A single from left fielder Greg Wesley scored Joe Jackson and a base rap from Aaron Bird brought courtesy runner Jacob Kibbie over the plate for the E-Hawks with no outs. But Brady Berkland would strike out and Ryan Kliegl hit a fly ball to short for the second out with two runners waiting.
A base hit from Jake Jackson would send Wesley over the plate before a shortstop's error on Taylor Wegner's at-bat brought Bird home, but Jackson and Wegner were left waiting when Jake Carlson was put out at first to end the at-bat.
ELC was numbed by the four-run outburst of the E-Hawks and went down in order to end the inning.
With a 6-0 cushion, Emmetsburg would find themselves unable to come up with an offense in the top of the fifth and went down in order. The Midgets came up to bat and managed to push a run over the plate after leadoff hitter Matt Burrell was hit by a pitch. Burrell would come around to score off a single and two walks before the Midgets were retired to make the score 6-1.
Emmetsburg would open the sixth inning with Aaron Bird smacking a single and Brady Berkland sending a double deep to center field before Ryan Kliegl was walked. A walk of Jake Jackson brought Bird home before a wild pitch allowed Berkland to score, prompting a pitching change by ELC.
Tucker Millburn would take over and managed to get a strikeout before Jake Carlson hit a sacrifice fly to score pinch runner Zach Anderson before the at-bat ended with Emmetsburg holding 9-1 lead.
The Midgets would threaten again in the bottom of the sixth frame after leadoff hitter Joe Clayton was hit by a pitch and advanced to third off a base hit, but was left waiting along with teammate Derek Nieland when the E-Hawk defense made the stop.
Emmetsburg opened the final at bat with two quick outs, but Aaron Bird laced a single into left field and was followed by Brady Berkland drawing a walk. A walk of Ryan Kliegl loaded the bases before Jake Jackson smacked a single that scored both Bird and Berkland before Kliegl was put out in a rundown between third and second for the final out of the at-bat.
It was up to the E-Hawk defense now as ELC?came up for their final at-bat. A lead-off single was followed up by a strikeout and a walk was issued by starting pitcher Luke Jackson.
Emmetsburg Coach Mike Brennan brought Taylor Wegner to the hill to relieve Jackson at that point, and Wegner issued a walk to load the sacks, but then retired the Midgets with back to back strikeouts to close out the win.
Luke Jackson would get the win going six and a third innings, as he faced 29 batters and surrendered one run off three hits with six walks and five strikeouts. Taylor Wegner got the save with two-thirds of an inning of work, facing three batters and allowing one walk with two strikeouts.
Emmetsburg's offense was led by Jake Jackson's Home Run and two singles to tally four RBI's on the night.?Brady Berkland had a double and single, while Joe Jackson added a double. Aaron Bird had two singles and an RBI, while Greg Wesley and Taylor Wegner both added a hit each for an RBI and Jake Carlson issued a sacrifice fly for an RBI in the win.
The E-Hawks were slated to travel to Newell on ?Tuesday night and then had a league tilt at Storm Lake on Wednesday. Emmetsburg will then see action Saturday at the West Hancock tournament in Britt.