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E-Hawks Drop Pair Of Contests On Diamond

May 31, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

Emmetsburg's baseball season ended the first week on a rocky note with a pair of losses to Algona on Wednesday and a heartbreaking loss to North Union on Thursday to drop to 0-3 on the season.

On Wednesday, the E-Hawks traveled to Algona to take on the Bulldogs and were soundly defeated in a 13-3 decision in five innings. Algona would strike first, putting up two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but Emmetsburg would answer in the top of the second inning with two outs after Matt Kibbie got on base off a fielders' choice, and came around to score off a base hit by Will Schany, but Schany would be left stranded on a steal attempt by Nick Schany to end the at-bat.

Algona would come away empty handed in the bottom of the second, but Emmetsburg would leave two on base in the top of the third. The Bulldogs would plate four runs in their half of the inning for a 6-1 advantage, but in the top of the fourth, Emmetsburg pushed two runs over the plate as Will Schany and Brent Wesley came home, only to see Dylan Kibbie left waiting.

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LOOK?‘EM?BACK - Emmetsburg fielders Connor Joyce, right, and Corbin Saathoff, look baserunners back following a play in action last week. The E-Hawks are off to a 0-3 start as the prepare to open their final Lakes Conference season this week. -- Dan Voigt photo

The Bulldogs would answer with three runs of their own in their at-bat to take a 9-3 lead going into the fifth frame.

The E-hawks would get a base hit from Hunter McAllister and Jeremiah Weir got on base off an error in the top of the fifth, but the duo were stranded when the at-bat ended on a strikeout.

Algona would put the game away in the bottom of the fifth as they plated four more runs to end the contest on the 10-run rule with the 13-3 decision.

Will Schany would be tagged with the loss on the hill for Emmetsburg, as he went two and two-thirds innings and allowed six earned runs off three hits with seven walks and four strikeouts. Connor Joyce relieved for two innings but surrendered seven earned runs off eight hits with two strikeouts and four walks.

Emmetsburg would get two hits from Will Schany and hits from Dylan Kibbie and Hunter McAllister in the outing.

Hosting North Union on Thursday night, Emmetsburg ran into the new pitch count rule head-on, and the rule would play a role in an 18-7 heartbreaking loss for the E-Hawks.

North Union would take an early 2-0 lead after the opening at-bat, but Emmetsburg answered with a run in the bottom of the first inning from Brent Wesley, who got on base off a single and came around to score off a single from Will Schany and an error by the Warriors for a 2-1 score.

North Union plated a run in the top of the second, but Emmetsburg would leave Max Dunlap and Matt Kibbie waiting on base in the bottom of the frame to trail 3-1.

The Warriors put another run over the plate in the top of the third inning, but the E-Hawks would answer with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Dylan Kibbie led off getting on base off an error and quickly stole second. After a strikeout, Connor Joyce rapped out a base hit that brought Kibbie home, only to leave Joyce waiting for a way home when the at-bat ended.

The two teams traded outs in the fourth, with Emmetsburg leaving Matt Kibbie waiting after he hit a double deep into right field.

The E-Hawk defense stopped North Union in the top of the fifth, and in the bottom of the frame, Emmetsburg led off with a pair of walks to Dylan Kibbie and Will Schany. The duo worked their way around the bases and scored off Jeremiah Weir's two-RBI?single with two outs to tie the score at 4-4 before Weir was left waiting.

The sixth inning was another exchange of outs, but Emmetsburg hurler Mason Carrigan was flirting with the 110 pitch limit as the seventh inning began. Carrigan faced one batter and then had to leave the game on the pitch count rule, turning the mound over to Max Dunlap.

North Union seized the opportunity and the floodgates opened as they would score three quick runs before Brent Wesley came in to relieve Dunlap, but the Warriors would score 10 runs before the at-bat ended.

The E-Hawks would come up to bat in the bottom of the seventh and managed to push three runs over the plate as Dylan Kibbie, Connor Joyce and Jeremiah Weir all came home before the E-Hawks were retired to bring the game to a close.

Brent Wesley would be charged with the loss as he gave up 10 runs, nine earned, off seven hits in one inning of work on the mound, while walking four batters. Max Dunlap surrendered three earned runs off one hits and issued three walks, while starting pitcher Mason Carrigan gave up five runs, three earned, off four hits, with six strikeouts and five walks as he threw 111 pitches in his six innings on the hill.

Matt Kibbie would tally a double and single for the E-Hawks, while Jeremiah Weir added two hits. Brent Wesley, Will Schany, Connor Joyce and Max Dunlap all recorded hits in the loss.

Emmetsburg opens it's final Lakes Conference season on the diamond Wednesday night, May 31, on the road at LeMars and then return home on Thursday, June 1, to host the Okoboji Pioneers and then on Friday night, June 2, will host the Nighthawks of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. Junior varsity contests will start at 5:15 p.m. with varsity games to follow.



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