by Dan Voigt
Mother Nature was the big winner in Saturday's Emmetsburg Invitational Tournaments, as both boys and girls action was rained out after the opening games were played Saturday in Emmetsburg.
GET?IT?IN!?- E-Hawk left fielder Greg Wesley fires a throw back to the infield during play Saturday morning against Okoboji at the Emmetsburg Invitational. Emmetsburg would lose by a 12-3 score before the tournament was washed out by heavy rains. -- Dan Voigt photo
In the E-Hawks' opener, Okoboji handed Emmetsburg a 12-3 loss and on the girls diamond, Alta-Aurelia earned a 10-0 win over the Lady E-Hawks before the rains came, washing out the rest of the scheduled contests.
In the boys action, Okoboji led off the first inning with an eight-run outburst, rocking E-Hawk starting pitcher Joe Jackson for seven runs, one earned, off one hit with one walk in a third of an inning. Zach Anderson would take over at that point to get the E-Hawks out of the inning.
The E-Hawks would come up to bat and got Luke Jackson on base off a walk after a leadoff out, but were doubled up to end the inning. Emmetsburg would keep Okoboji from scoring in the second as they stranded a runner, but the E-Hawks would leave two runners waiting.
The next two innings would see both teams leaving runners waiting on base as the defenses made stops. Okoboji went down in order in the top of the fifth, and in the bottom of the frame, the E-Hawks would get a run from Max Dunlap and follow up with a run from Dillon VanOosbree and Luke Jackson before Zach Anderson and Aaron Bird were stranded.
Okoboji would strand a runner in the top of the sixth but Emmetsburg would do the same in their half of the inning. The Pioneers would strand two runners in the top of the seventh, but the E-Hawks would be retired in order to end the game.
Zach Anderson would pitch six and two-third innings, giving up five runs off seven hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in relief of Joe Jackson.
For the E-Hawks, Dillon VanOosbree and Zach Anderson both had two hits, while Luke Jackson, Joe Jackson and Aaron Bird each came away with a hit.
On the softball diamond, the Lady E-Hawks ran into a storm of their own squaring off against fourth-ranked Alta-Aurelia in their tournament opener. The Warriors would erupt for six runs in the top of the first inning, as they sent 10 batters to the plate. Alta-Aurelia would get two singles, a double and three walks along with a fielders' choice and an error to do their damage in their at-bat. When Emmetsburg finally retired the Warriors, it was a case of three-up and three-down for the Lady E-Hawks in the bottom of the first.
In the top of the second, Alta-Aurelia would get a pair of singles and a double that allowed two runs to score for an 8-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Emmetsburg's Michaela Rehm would get a leadoff single, but was stranded when the at-bat ended.
To start the third inning, Coach Travis Birkey made a pitching change, bringing Hali Noll in to relieve Ashton Connelly in the circle. Noll would go to work, getting a leadoff strikeout and inducing a second foul fly out, but a walk, a single and double would allow two runs to score before a fly out ended the at bat with a Warrior runner stranded at second.
With one out in the bottom of the third, Sarah Simington hit a single, but was left waiting at second.
Alta-Aurelia would go down in order in the top of the fourth, while the Lady E-Hawks would get a base hit from Ashton Connelly in the bottom of the fourth, but pinch runner Natalie Kliegl was left waiting at first when the inning ended.
The Warriors would get a double with one out in the top of the fifth inning, but left the runner waiting at third when Noll struck out the final batter.
Emmetsburg's hopes for a rally started with a leadoff double from Kate Jackson, who moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Hali Noll. Sarah Simington would rap out a base hit to third, freezing Jackson. Simington would steal second before Alexa Naig struck out. Ashley Overberg took a strike and a ball, which went wide.
Jackson raced for home on the passed ball, but was tagged out by the pitcher on the play at the plate to end the game by the 10-run rule after five innings.
Ashton Connelly took the loss in the circle, as she surrendered eight runs, five earned, off six hits in two innings with two walks and two strikeouts, Hali Noll worked three innings and surrendered two runs off three hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Emmetsburg would get a double and single from Sarah Simington while Kate Jackson added a double. Michaela Rehm and Ashton Connelly both added base hits to the effort.
Emmetsburg was scheduled to travel to Storm Lake Monday night for a double header and on Tuesday, the Lady E-Hawks are scheduled to host Spencer while the E-Hawks will travel to Newell to take on Newell-Fonda. Wednesday will find both Emmetsburg squads on the road at Spirit Lake.