Emmetsburg's E-Hawks earned a split in a pair of Lakes Conference games at week's end, as they edged Cherokee 8-7 on Wednesday but fell to Estherville Lincoln Central on Friday by a 1-4 tally. The split gives Emmetsburg a 5-5 overall mark and 2-3 league record.
At Cherokee on Wednesday, the E-Hawks would take an early 1-0 lead when Dillon VanOosbree came home when the E-Hawks had the bases loaded. Cherokee would go down in order in their half of the inning.
In the second, Emmetsburg went down two outs, but got runs from Aaron Bird, Max Dunlap and Luke Jackson to edge out to a 3-0 lead. The Braves would get a run back in the bottom of the second off a wild pitch, but stranded a runner at third.
Leading 4-1 to start the third inning, the E-Hawks would be retired in order, and Cherokee would cut the E-Hawks lead to a run off a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame.
Emmetsburg would leave a runner in the fourth and the Braves tied the game up at 4-4 with a run in their half of the inning.
The E-Hawks went down in order in the top of the fifth before Cherokee took the lead with a pair of runs for a 6-4 advantage when the inning ended.
Trailing by two runs in the top of the sixth, Emmetsburg would go down two outs, but a walk of Wes Schultes would lead to a run by Schultes before Max Dunlap came home off an error to tie the game at 6-6 when the at-bat ended.
Cherokee would strand two runners in their half of the inning to set up the seventh frame, tied at 6-6.
The E-Hawks would leave Zach Anderson waiting at second when the at-bat ended in the top of the seventh, but good defense would retire the Braves in order to send the game to the eighth inning.
Walks of Wes Schultes and Max Dunlap would lead off the top of the eighth with a bunt by Dillon VanOosbree loading the sacks. But back-to-back outs by Luke Jackson and Greg Wesley followed, only to see Joe Jackson single to score Schultes. A throw on the hit would allow Dunlap to come home and sent VanOosbree to third before Zach Anderson grounded out.
Cherokee came up to bat and got a leadoff single and a walk before an out was tallied. A sacrifice fly scored one run, but with two outs, Luke Jackson induced a final strikeout to end the game in the 8-7 win for Emmetsburg.
Luke Jackson went three innings and gave up four runs, three earned, off three hits with four walks. Joe Jackson pitched four innings, giving up one earned run off one hit with three walks and three strikeouts, while Dillon VanOosbree pitched one inning, giving up two earned runs off two hits with one walk and one strikeout.
The E-Hawks got a double from Luke Jackson, while Dillon VanOosbree, Greg Wesley, Joe Jackson, Jake Kibbie, Aaron Bird, Wes Schultes and Max Dunlap all had hits.
After a day off, the E-Hawks traveled to Estherville on Friday but fell in a 4-1 matchup with the Midgets.
The two teams would trade outs in the opening inning, along with Emmetsburg stranding Luke Jackson after he was hit by a pitch.
The E-Hawks led off the second with a walk by Joe Jackson, who worked around the basepaths off outs by Zach Anderson and Jake Kibbie before he scored off an RBI?double from Aaron Bird, who was left waiting when Wes Schultes flew out to end the at-bat. ELC would walk a batter, but left him waiting when they went down.
Emmetsburg would leave Luke Jackson on base after he was walked in the top of the third, but in the bottom of the inning, ELC would plate three runs to take a 3-1 lead when the inning ended.
The E-Hawks got a pair of singles from Zach Anderson and Aaron Bird, but left the duo waiting when the side was retired in the top of the fourth. The Midgets would put two runners on the sacks, but also stranded them when they were retired.
The top of the fifth seemed like a re-run for Emmetsburg, as Dillon VanOosbree was walked and Luke Jackson was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game to take a base. But again, both runners were left waiting when the at-bat ended.
ELC?would get an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs to take a 4-1 lead.
In the sixth, Emmetsburg would get a base hit from Jake Kibbie, only to leave him waiting, but the Midgets would go down in order in their opportunity.
The game would end in the top of the seventh as Emmetsburg was put out in order for the 4-1 setback.
Dillon VanOosbree took the loss on the hill, giving up four runs, two earned, off three hits in six innings, while issuing six walks and striking out seven batters.
For the E-Hawks, Aaron Bird had a double and single, while Joe Jackson, Zach Anderson and Jake Kibbie all added hits.