FONDA - Emmetsburg's E-Hawks earned a one-run, 3-2 win over the Mustangs of Newell-Fonda on the road Tuesday night, The win improves the E-Hawks to 7-6 on the season.
The E-Hawks would leave two runners on base in the top of the first inning, and then retired the Mustangs in order with some solid defensive play to end the first frame.
Aaron Bird would lead off the second with a double, but was left waiting when the E-Hawks were retired. Newell-Fonda would get a pair of singles in their half of the inning, but left both their runners stranded to end the at-bat.
WIERD?HOP - E-Hawk third baseman Max Dunlap tries to corral a grounder during recent action. The E-Hawks downed Newell-Fonda by a 3-2 tally in Fonda on Tuesday night. -- Dan Voigt photo
Emmetsburg broke the deadlock in the top of the third inning when Dillon VanOosbree led off with a walk and was followed by Luke Jackson with a walk. Greg Wesley got on off an error to load the bases before Zach Anderson was walked to score VanOosbree.
Joe Jackson would fly out and Aaron Bird reached on a fielders' choice that put Luke Jackson out at home to leave the bases loaded. But Jake Kibbie reached on a fielders' choice that saw Zach Anderson put out to end the at-bat.
The Mustangs would get a lead off walk, only to have the runner picked off at first on a throw by E-Hawk pitcher Luke Jackson to first baseman Joe Jackson before the next two batters were retired to end the inning.
Leading 1-0 to start the fourth, Emmetsburg would get a walk from Max Dunlap but left him stranded. The Mustangs would be retired in order to end the inning as the E-Hawks continued to play solid defense.
In the top of the fifth, Greg Wesley led off with a single and moved to second on an error before taking third on Zach Anderson's grounder, and then scored on a passed ball. Joe Jackson would draw a walk, but would be left at second when the E-Hawks were retired with a 2-0 lead.
Good defense by the E-Hawks in the bottom of the fifth saw a double play after a leadoff double when the runner was put out after a fly ball when he didn't get back to second in time. The inning ended with a ground out as the E-Hawks were hitting on all cylinders.
Wes Schultes would draw a lead-off walk to start the sixth, and stole second before taking third on a passed ball. After Max Dunlap grounded out, Dillon VanOosbree sacrificed to score Schultes before Luke Jackson struck out to end the at-bat.
Newell-Fonda went down two quick outs before getting a runner on base off an error, but left him stranded.
With a 3-0 lead to start the seventh, Emmetsburg would get a walk from Zach Anderson, but left him waiting. Settling in to play defense, Emmetsburg would give up a walk before a triple scored one run and a single scored a second run, but the runner would be left waiting at third when the E-Hawks got the final two outs.
Luke Jackson got the win, went six and a third innings, giving up two runs, both earned, off four hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Dillon VanOosbree tallied the save with two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit with a strikeout.
Aaron Bird would get a double, while Dillon VanOosbree, Luke Jackson and Greg Wesley all had base hits in the win.