Emmetsburg's Boys of Summer dropped a pair of tough Lakes Conference matchups last week to fall to 2-5 in the league. On Wednesday, Emmetsburg came up short to Spirit Lake in a 10-4 loss and on Friday, the E-Hawks lost to Spencer in the seventh inning by a 5-4 final score. Emmetsburg falls to 7-8 overall with the losses.
On Wednesday, the E-Hawks hosted Spirit Lake and the two teams would trade outs and strand base runners through two innings before the Indians took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Emmetsburg would be unable to answer Spirit Lake in their half of the third, and the Indians added another run in the fourth for the 4-0 advantage.
The E-Hawks would finally erase their goose-egg in the bottom of the fifth inning after a leadoff single by Nick Chapman. Pinch Runner Grant Deitering would come around to score after a walk of Max Dunlap and an error on Dillon VanOosbree's at-bat. A double by Luke Jackson would bring Dunlap home and Van Oosbree would score on a sac fly from Greg Wesley to cut the deficit to 4-3 to start the sixth inning.
Spirit Lake would have an answer as they pushed two runs over in their half of the inning, but Emmetsburg got a run with two outs after Aaron Bird was walked to lead off the inning and scored off Wes Schultes sacrifice for a 6-4 tally.
But in the top of the seventh inning, Spirit Lake would touch the E-Hawks for a two-run home run shot, and then scored two runs off a pair of base hits and an error to take the 10-4 advantage.
In their final at-bat, Emmetsburg would get a walk of Zach Anderson, but left him stranded to end the game.
Dillon VanOosbree took the loss, going five innings and giving up four earned runs off seven hits with four walks and seven strikeouts. Zach Anderson relieved for one and a third frames and gave up six runs, four earned, off four hits with one walk. Joe Jackson finished out the final two-thirds of an inning, giving up one walk.
The E-Hawks got a double and single from Aaron Bird and a double from Luke Jackson, while Nick Chapman and Jake Kibbie added base hits to the effort.
On Friday night, the E-Hawks hosted Spencer's Tigers and would take a lead over the visitors, only to see a late rally steal the game away.
Spencer would strand a runner in the first, and Emmetsburg would leave two on base in the bottom of the first. The Tigers would leave a pair on base in the top of the second, but Emmetsburg would score two runs in their half of the inning. Zach Anderson led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice by Jake Kibbie. Wes Schultes would get on base off an error and would be joined on base by Max Dunlap, who was walked. A single by Dillon VanOosbree scored Schultes, but VanOosbree and Dunlap would be stranded when the inning ended.
Spencer would get a run back in their half of the third inning to trail 2-1 as the E-Hawks would leave two runners when the inning ended.
The Tigers tied the game up in the top of the fourth off a solo home run. The E-Hawks went down in order in the fourth and stranded a Spencer runner in the fifth before retaking the lead off a two-run double by Zach Anderson that scored Aaron Bird and Greg Wesley for the 4-2 lead to end the fifth.
The sixth was an exchange of outs and stranded runners, but in the seventh, Spencer would score three runs as the E-Hawks' defense struggled.
Trailing 5-4 Emmetsburg would strand Wesley and Anderson to end the game.
Nick Chapman got the loss in relief, going two and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs off three hits with three strikeouts. Luke Jackson started and went four innings, giving up two earned runs off five hits with two strikeouts and a walk. Dillon VanOosbree pitched a third of an inning and gave up one walk and got a strikeout.
The E-Hawks got two doubles from Zach Anderson and a double and single from Dillon VanOosbree. Wes Schultes, Aaron Bird, Luke Jackson and Greg Wesley would all come away with hits in the final tally.