Despite a sixth-inning rally by Estherville Lincoln Central, Emmetsburg's E-Hawks earned a 9-8 win over the Midgets in Lakes Conference baseball action Monday night. The win is Emmetsburg's first in league play with four losses and makes them 5-4 overall.
The E-Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first after retiring the Midgets in order, as Aaron Bird, Dillon VanOosbree and Jake Jackson all crossed the plate in the bottom of the first inning. ELC would strand a runner in their half of the second, and Emmetsburg added a run from Jake Kibbie for a 4-0 lead before Taylor Wegner belted a three-run homer over the center field fence to score himself and teammates Thomas Schultes and Greg Wesley for a 7-0 lead when the inning ended.
The Midgets would erase their goose-egg with a run in the top of the third inning while Emmetsburg stranded a runner in their half of the inning. ELC would go down in order in the fourth and the E-Hawks would strand three runners to end the inning.
LOOKING?IN - Greg Wesley waits at third base for a chance to score a run in the E-Hawks' victory over Newell-Fonda on Tuesday night. -- Dan Voigt photo
In the top of the fifth, ELC pushed four runs over the plate in their half of the inning to cut Emmetsburg's lead to 7-5, but the E-Hawks were unable to answer, leaving runners on all three sacks for the second consecutive inning.
With some momentum in their favor, the Midgets took the lead in the top of the sixth with three runs, including a two-run double that put ELC up 8-7 when the at-bat ended.
Emmetsburg would come up in the bottom of the sixth and put Greg Wesley on base off an error and Taylor Wegner o base after being hit by a pitch. Joe Jackson would single to load the sacks, and a walk of Luke Jackson scored the tying run by Wesley. With one out, Jake Kibbie got on base off a fielders' choice that put Luke Jackson out at second, but courtesy runner Max Dunlap raced home to give Emmetsburg the lead when the inning ended.
ELC would have a last opportunity, but Jake Jackson induced two strikeouts and a grounder to Dunlap at third was relayed to Luke Jackson at first for the game-ending out.
Taylor Wegner pitched four and a third innings, giving up five runs, all earned, off three hits, with five walks and 10 strikeouts. Jake Jackson relieved for the final two and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs off two hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
The E-Hawks got a double from Jake Jackson and a base hit, while Dillon Van Oosbree, Joe Jackson and Jake Kibbie all had two hits and Zach Anderson, Taylor Wegner, Greg Wesley and Aaron Bird each had a hit.
The E-Hawks picked up their fourth consecutive win Tuesday night with a 12-2 victory over Newell-Fonda in a non-conference contest. The E-Hawks improve to 6-4 overall on the season with the win.
Emmetsburg's defense sat Newell-Fonda's Mustangs down in order in the top of the first, and then shifted the offense into gear to put three runs on the scoreboard, as Aaron Bird, Dillon VanOosbree and Greg Wesley all came across the plate. The Mustangs wouldn't go away peacefully, however, as they rallied in the top of the second to push two runs over the plate to cut Emmetsburg's lead to a run, 3-2. In their half of the inning, though, Emmetsburg stranded three runners, ending a golden opportunity.
The Mustangs would leave a pair of runners waiting in the top of the third as Emmetsburg would be retired in order to end the frame with the E-Hawks clinging to the 3-2 lead. An error put a runner on base for Newell-Fonda in the top of the fourth, but he was left waiting as well when the E-Hawk defense made the stop. But, the E-Hawks followed suit, putting VanOosbree on base off an error, only to leave him waiting to end the inning.
Newell-Fonda would put runners in scoring position in the top of the fifth, only to leave the duo looking for a way home in the face of the Emmetsburg defense. But coming up to bat in the bottom of the fifth, the E-Hawks broke out of their mini-slump. A three-run outburst would re-ignite the Emmetsburg offense, as Greg Wesley, Taylor Wegner and Joe Jackson scored, but the inning ended with the bases juiced for the E-Hawks.
Trailing 6-2 to start the top of the sixth, Newell-Fonda would come up with a base hit, but left the runner waiting at first as pitcher Jake Jackson tallied his seventh strikeout of the game to end the opportunity. The E-Hawks came up to bat and proceeded to bat through the order. Greg Wesley led off with a double before Wegner struck out. With one out, Joe Jackson, Luke Jackson, Zach Anderson and Jake Kibbie pounded out base hits and Aaron Bird ripped a double to pummel the Mustang defense before Dillon VanOosbree struck out for the second out.. With a 10-0 lead and Kibbie in Bird waiting on base, Jake Jackson stepped up and pounded out a double for the two-run RBI to end the contest by the 10-run rule and 12-2 final tally.
Jake Jackson went the distance on the hill and allowed two runs off four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Aaron Bird had a pair of doubles, while Jake Jackson and Greg Wesley each had a double. Joe Jackson had three hits and Jake Kibbie added two hits, while Zach Anderson, Taylor Wegner, Dillon VanOosbree and Luke Jackson each had a hit.