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E-Hawk Boys Of Summer Fall In Season Opener

May 25, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

he opening night of the 2017 baseball season was a cold one for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks as they saw an early 1-0 lead dissolve into a 4-1 loss to Bishop Garrigan Tuesday night. The game was moved to Emmetsburg due to poor field conditions in Algona.

Emmetsburg opened the game with senior Matt Kibbie on the hill, with Kibbie giving up two hits in the opening frame, but his defense made outs to strand two runners.

In their first at-bat of the season, Emmetsburg got a single to left from senior Will Schany, would advance off Brent Wesley's single and came home to score off a wild pitch for the first run of the season and a 1-0 lead.

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I?GOT?IT!?- E-Hawk pitcher Matt Kibbie,right, sets up under a popup as shortstop Dylan Kibbie comes in to cover the play in Tuesday’s season opener. Emmetsburg would fall to Bishop Garrigan by a 4-1 tally. -- Dan Voigt photo

Bishop Garrigan would load the bases off walks in the top of the second inning but left the trio waiting when the E-Hawk defense made the stop. But, the E-Hawks would go down two outs in the second before Will Schany rapped a double to get on base, but he would be left waiting when the inning ended.

In the third inning, Bishop Garrigan would once again load the bases, only to be denied by the E-Hawk defense for a second straight inning. Emmetsburg would get a base hit from Dylan Kibbie and Max Dunlap drew a walk before Kibbie was put out on Jeremiah Weir's fielders' choice play. A strikeout of Connor Joyce left Dunlap and Weir stranded to end the inning.

Bishop Garrigan would tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth off a single and a passed ball before a sacrifice fly would bring the run over the plate.

The E-Hawks got a single from Nick Schany after an infield fly by Matt Kibbie to start the bottom of the fourth, but a fielders' choice on Will Schany's at-bat put Nick Schany out on the force at second and a put out of Brent Wesley ended the inning with a 1-1 score.

In the top of the fifth, the Golden Bears got a lone walk, but left the runner at third when they were retired in order after the walk. But, the E-Hawks would be struck out in order to end the fifth inning in quick order.

Bishop Garrigan would open the sixth with a strikeout, but got a walk, a single and a two-run double in quick fashion before a sac fly to right field brought a third run over the plate. A fly ball to Corbin Saathoff in right field ended the at-bat, but not before the Golden Bears had opened a 4-1 lead.

The E-Hawks went down one out to start the bottom of the sixth, but Connor Joyce rapped out a single to get on base, only to get caught in a run-down on a steal attempt for the second out. Matt Kibbie would be put out to end the inning with Emmetsburg trailing by three runs.

Making a pitching change under the pitch-count rule, Emmetsburg sent Will Schany to the hill for the seventh inning. Schany would surrender a walk and a single, but induced a pair of sacrifices before the defense made the final out.

Facing a new pitcher in the bottom of the seventh, Emmetsburg would be retired in order to take the 4-1 season opening loss.

For Emmetsburg, Matt Kibbie took the loss, giving up four runs, two earned, off six hits, with seven strikeouts and seven walk in six innings of work. Will Schany issued one walk in his inning on the hill.

The E-Hawks would get a double and single from Will Schany and singles from Connor Joyce, Nick Schany, Dylan Kibbie and Brent Wesley in the loss.

Emmetsburg traveled to Algona Public on Wednesday night and returns home tonight (Thursday) to host North Union to close out the first week of the season.

The E-Hawks resume action after Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 30, when they travel to Gilmore City to take on West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate and then travel to LeMars on Wednesday night to open the final Lakes Conference season.



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