Emmetsburg's E-Hawks honored their two seasons and their long-time head coach Friday night with a 9-7 victory over Storm Lake in Lakes Conference baseball action. The win improves Emmetsburg to 5-6 in league play and 14-10 overall as the season begins to wind down.
After honoring seniors Joe Jackson and Aaron Bird, a special presentation was made to Coach Mike Brennan to honor his 22 years as Head Coach of the E-Hawks, as he retires at the conclusion of the season.
Storm Lake would get on the scoreboard in the first inning off a run that scored off an error, but Emmetsburg would answer the score in the bottom of the fram when Luke Jackson scored after ne singled.
THANK?YOU?COACH! - Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Brennan, center, acknowledges the crowd after he was honored by the E-Hawks to celebrate his tenure as leader of the E-Hawk baseball program for 22 years. A special plaque was presented to Brennan to commemorate his coaching career in Emmetsburg prior to the start of the game. -- Dan Voigt photo
Storm Lake would leave two runners stranded in the second inning, but Emmetsburg would hit stride in their half of the frame. Wes Schultes would score off a Joe Jackson single and Jackson would score off a single from Dillon VanOosbree. Max Dunlap came home off an error and courtesy runner Grant Dietering would plate a run off a?single from Greg Wesley to give the E-Hawks a 5-1 lead to start the third.
Storm Lake would try to answer in the top of the third and managed to push three runs over the plate in their at-bat before Emmetsburg's defense made the stop. But in their half of the inning, the E-Hawks would leave the bases loaded without being able to tally a run.
In the top of the fourth, Storm Lake led off with a solo home run to tie the game at 5-5 and would take the lead with a run before stranding two runners.
Coming up in the bottom of the fourth, Emmetsburg would go down two outs after Greg Wesley had walked, but he would score off a fielders's choice by Wes Schultes, who would come around to score off a error on Joe Jackson's at bat to allow the E-Hawks to retake a 7-6 lead.
The Tornadoes were retired in order in the top of the fifth inning and Emmetsburg would get a par of scores in their half of the inning as courtesy runner Grant Dietering scored off a single from Jacob Kibbie. Kibbie would then score a run off a single by Greg Wesley to give Emmetsburg the 9-6 advantage when the fifth inning ended.
Storm Lake would get a run back in the top of the sixth inning off a single to trail 9-7 when their at-bat ended
Emmetsburg would be retired in order in the bottom of the sixth inning, and set up to play some defense for the top of the seventh inning.
Storm Lake would get their leadoff batter on base after being hit by a pitch, but Emmetsburg pitcher Dillon VanOosbree induced a strikeout, but a fielders' choice put the leadoff runner out at second and a fly ball ended the game with the win for the E-Hawks.
Dillon VanOosbree went the distance on the mound, giving up seven runs, one earned, off seven hits with two walks and 13 strikeouts.
Joe Jackson had a double, while Greg Wesley had three singles. Dillon VanOosbree had two hits, while Jacob Kibbie, Luke Jackson, Wes Schultes and Max Dunlap all added singles to the winning effort.
The E-Hawks continued play in the Lakes at Spirit Lake on Monday night.