MANSON - It came down to the wire on Tuesday night before Emmetsburg earned a 3-2 win over Manson Northwest Webster. The win improved Emmetsburg to 14-9 overall on the season.
The E-Hawks would go down in order in the first and the host Cougars would plate an early run for a 1-0 lead after the opening frame. Emmetsburg would get a single from Joe Jackson in the second but left him waiting, while Manson NWW got a single and left two runners after some good defensive play by the E-Hawks.
In the top of the third, Emmetsburg's Will Jackson drew a walk and would come around to score off an error at first base on Aaron Bird's at-bat to tie the score, but Bird would be left waiting. The Cougars would get a single in their half of the third, but left their runner waiting.
GET?DIRTY! - Emmetsburg’s Jacob Kibbie tries to slide under a tag at third base during action Tuesday night at Manson. The E-Hawks would earn a hard-fought 3-2 win over the Cougars in the non-conference victory, which improves Emmetsburg to 14-9 on the season.
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Emmetsburg would get a single from Wes Schultes in the fourth, but he was left at first when the at-bat ended. Manson Northwest Webster would come up and got down two outs, but a got a runner on base after being hit by a pitch and then got a double to put runners in scoring position. The bases would be loaded off a walk, but a fielders' choice ended the inning with the Cougars stranding three runners.
The E-Hawks led off the fifth with a single from Max Dunlap, but he was doubled up on the force at second when Will Jackson hit to short and was put out at first on the throw. A put out of Jacob Kibbie would end the at-bat in order for the E-Hawks.
Manson would come up with a run of their own in the bottom of the fifth off a fielders' choice and a walk before a passed ball would bring the run home for the 2-1 lead.
Trailing by a run to start the sixth, Emmetsburg went down one out, but a walk of Luke Jackson was followed by a double from Greg Wesley. A single by Zach Anderson would score Jackson, and Wesley would then steal home on a suicide squeeze play to give the E-hawks a 3-2 advantage when the opportunity ended.
The Cougars wold get a double in the bottom of the sixth, but left their runner stranded.
In the seventh, Emmetsburg would get a walk-off Will Jackson with one out, but a double play would put Jackson and Jacob Kibbie out.
The Cougars came up and put two runners on base after being hit by a pitch and an error, but the lead runner was thrown out at home on a fielders' choice for the second out. With two runners on base, pitcher Zach Anderson struck out the final batter on three straight pitches to end the game.
Luke Jackson went two innings and gave up one run off three hits with one strikeout. Zach Anderson pitched five innings, giving up one run off three hits with one walk.
For Emmetsburg, Greg Wesley had a double, while Zach Anderson had an RBI single. Luke Jackson, Wes Schultes, Joe Jackson and Max Dunlap all added base hits to the winning effort.