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E-Hawk Teams Split League Contests At Cherokee

June 8, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

CHEROKEE - Emmetsburg's softball and baseball teams split their Lakes Conference games with Cherokee on Monday night. The Lady E-Hawks would fall by a 2-1 tally while the E-Hawks earned a 6-5 decision in an eight-inning contest.

The E-Hawk boys would battle Cherokee's Braves evenly through the contest, trading runs in the first two innings. Emmetsburg got a run in the top of the first from Dylan Kibbie and a run in the second from Max Dunlap, only to see the Braves match the runs for a 2-2 score going into the third inning. After trading outs in the third, Cherokee would take a lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth.

Trailing 3-2 to start the fifth, Emmetsburg started out with a fly ball, but used three straight errors to put runners on base, which allowed both Dylan Kibbie and Will Schany to come home before a single from Jeremiah Weir scored Connor Joyce to give the E-Hawks a 5-3 advantage when the at-bat ended with Weir and Max Dunlap waiting on base.

Cherokee would come back in the bottom of the sixth frame to tie the game up with two runs for a 5-5 deadlock.

Neither team would be able to generate a run in the seventh and both teams would strand runners in the eighth frame.

Emmetsburg would get Dylan Kibbie to third base in the top of the ninth, but he was thrown out at the plate to end the at-bat on a single by Connor Joyce. The Braves would go down in order in their half of the inning to set up the tenth inning.

The E-Hawks opened with a strikeout by Hunter McAllister, but Jeremiah Weir drew a walk and was followed by a strikeout of Max Dunlap. Matt Kibbie would pound out a single to move Weir to third before Nick Schany walked to load the bases. Brent Wesley was hit by a pitch to bring Weir home before Dylan Kibbie flew out to end the at-bat.

Now trailing by a run, Cherokee opened with a walk and moved the runner to second off a sacrifice bunt. A single would send the runner to third, but a ground out and fly ball would end the game with two Braves stranded and Emmetsburg improving to 1-1 in the Lakes Conference and 3-6 overall.

Mason Carrigan would go five and a third innings on the bump, allowing five runs, four earned, off four hits, while walking six and striking out three batters. Max Dunlap got the win in relief, going four and two-thirds innings and giving up three hits with four walks and five strikeouts.

Emmetsburg got a double and single from Dylan Kibbie, while Matt Kibbie, Jeremiah Weir, Connor Joyce and Brent Wesley all added hits to the effort.

For the Lady E-Hawks, it was a defensive battle as they fell to Cherokee by a 2-1 score.

Emmetsburg would plate a run in the top of the first with two outs as Annie Brennan hit a single and advanced off Molly Schany's hit before scoring off a base hit from Morgan Jamison, but Schany and Jamison would be left waiting when the at-bat ended.

Cherokee would be retired in order in their half of the inning to trail 1-0.

Emmetsburg would go down in order in the second, and Cherokee tied the game up off a run from a triple and error.

In the top of the third, Emmetsburg led off with a walk of Sarah Simington, but a ground out was followed by a base hit by Annie Brennan. However, the two runners would be stranded by the Braves' defense.

Cherokee would plate a run in the bottom of the third inning off a single and a double before Emmetsburg could make the stop.

The defenses ratcheted up their play, retiring each other in order in the fourth and fifth innings. In the top of the sixth, Emmetsburg got Morgan Jamison on base with one out off a double, but she was left waiting when the at-bat ended. The Braves would get a runner on base off an error in their half of the sixth, but also left the runner waiting when the inning ended.

In the top of the seventh, Emmetsburg got a leadoff single from Lindsay Carter, but three straight outs would end the game in the 2-1 disappointment.

Mikayla Frerichs took the loss in the circle, giving up two runs, one earned, off three hits, with seven strikeouts.

Emmetsburg would get a double and single from Morgan Jamison, while Annie Brennan added a pair of hits. Kate Jackson, Molly Schany and Macy McAllister all added hits to the effort as Emmetsburg dropped to 0-3 in Lakes play and 4-6 overall on the season.



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