Emmetsburg's E-Hawk boys picked up their first win of the season Friday night to close out their first week of play in the 2014 diamond campaign. After a 14-0 loss to Algona on Wednesday, the E-Hawks traveled to George on Friday night and defeated the Mustangs of George-Little Rock in a 2-0 defensive battle to end the week 2-1.
After a tough loss to Bishop Garrigan on Tuesday night, Emmetsburg hoped to rebound the following night against Algona's Bulldogs.
Luke Jackson took the mound to open the contest and gave up a single in the top of the first before Algona was retired. Emmetsburg would draw a walk for Dillon VanOosbree in the bottom of the inning. The Bulldogs would go down in order in the top of the second, while the E-Hawks put Luke Jackson on base after he was hit by a pitch, but left him waiting wo end the inning.
Algona would get a baserunner on base off an error in their half of the third but no more. Emmetsburg would go down in order in their half of the inning as the defensive exchange continued.
The top of the fourth inning saw Algona's offense come to life, as they would plate two runs off a single, a walk and an error to take a 2-0 lead. The E-Hawks would got down two quick outs, but got a single from Luke Jackson, only to leave his courtesy runner, Grant Dietering stranded at second when the inning ended.
Algona kept up the pressure in the top of the fifth, as they used an error and two singles to plate two runs off some good baserunning for a 4-0 lead. But Emmetsburg would go down in order in their half of the fifth frame.
The Bulldogs would add four more runs to their tally in the top of the sixth inning, using two singles, two walks, a batter hit by a pitch and a double to do the damage for the 8-0 lead.
The E-Hawks tried to come up with something in the bottom of the sixth and got singles from Dillon VanOosbree, Greg Wesley and Joe Jackson to load the bases with one out, but the trio were stranded when Luke Jackson and Zach Anderson both struck out to end the inning.
The top of the seventh would see Algona add six more runs to the final score, despite a pitching change by the E-Hawks. Zach Anderson took the mound in relief, but hit three batters, issued two walks and gave up a base hit before the at-bat ended.
Emmetsburg would go down two quick outs before Wes Schultes singled in the bottom of the seventh, but left him waiting when Jacob Kibbie struck out to end the game.
Luke Jackson took the loss, going five and a third innings and giving up six runs, five earned, off seven hits, including one home run, with two walks and three strikeouts. Zach Anderson relieved for one and a third innings, allowing five runs, all earned, off three hits, with two walks and a strikeout, while Joe Jackson finished out the final third of an inning and gave up a walk and earned a strikeout out on the hill.
Emmetsburg would earn four hits in the contest, with Dillon VanOosbree going 1-2, Joe Jackson going 1-2, Wes Schultes going 1-1 and Greg Wesley going 1-3.
After a night off, the E-Hawks battled a determined George-Little Rock team through six scoreless innings before claiming a 2-1 win on Friday night.
Emmetsburg opened with Dillon VanOosbree led off with a single, but was put out on a double play with Luke Jackson and Greg Wesley ended the at-bat with strikeout.
With Dillon VanOosbree on the mound, the E-Hawks would give up a base hit but the Mustangs would strand the runner to end the inning.
The E-Hawks would open the second inning with two outs, but Jacob Kibbie got on base off a single and stole second, only to be left waiting when the at-bat ended. However, George-Little Rock went down in order to end the second inning.
Two quick outs opened the third for Emmetsburg before VanOosbree singled. Courtesy runner Wes Schultes moved to second off a single by Luke Jackson, but a fielders' choice on Greg Wesley's at-bat would see Schultes put out at third to end the opportunity for the E-Hawks. But once again, the Mustangs of G-LR would go down in order to end the third frame.
The defensive battle continued in the fourth as Emmetsburg would lead off with a single by Joe Jackson, who would move to second before Aaron Bird was walked with two outs. but the duo were left waiting when Max Dunlap struck out.
George-Little Rock would get a base hit in the bottom of the fourth, but left their runner waiting at second when the E-Hawks ended the inning with a strikeout.
Emmetsburg would get a double from VanOosbree in the top of the fifth after one out, but courtesy runner Wes Schultes was left at second when Luke Jackson flied out and Greg Wesley struck out.
The Mustangs would get a base hit with two outs in their half of the fifth, but left their runner waiting as well when the inning ended.
The sixth inning would see Emmetsburg get a single from Jacob Kibbie with two outs, but a ground out by Bird ended the opportunity. But George-Little Rock would go down in order to end six innings of scoreless baseball.
Something had to give and it gave in favor of the E-Hawks in the top of the seventh. Wes Schultes led off getting on base off a shortstop's error on a grounder. Schultes then stole second before Nick Chapman struck out. Dillon VanOosbree would draw a walk and Schultes stole third as VanOosbree stole second, putting two E-Hawks in scoring position with one out.
Luke Jackson would step up to the plate and rapped out a grounder to the pitcher that scored Schultes to break the scoreless deadlock. VanOosbree went to third and Jackson stole second before Greg Wesley flew out for the second out. VanOosbree tagged up and then went home on the out for a 2-0 lead, but Jackson tried to steal third and was thrown out to end the at-bat.
Clinging to a 2-0 lead, the E-Hawks had to play some defense in the bottom of the seventh. With VanOosbree still on the mound, a leadoff single was given up to the Mustangs, but the E-Hawks got three straight outs to preserve the first win of the season.
Dillon VanOosbree got the win going the distance and allowing four hits with seven strikeouts. For the E-Hawks, VanOosbree had a double and two singles. Luke Jackson went 2-4 while Jacob Kibbie went 2-2 and Joe Jackson was 1-3 at the plate.