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E-Hawls Split Conference Matchups At Week’s End

June 20, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

Emmetsburg's E-Hawk baseball team split a pair of Lakes Conference games at week's end, defeating Spencer on Wednesday night but falling to LeMars on Thursday evening. The split gives Emmetsburg a mark of 2-4 in their final season of Lakes Conference play and overall record of 5-11 on the season.

Traveling to Spencer on Wednesday, the E-Hawks played through a scoreless first inning, stranding two runners while Spencer stranded one. But in the top of the second, the E-Hawks got Max Dunlap on base off a base hit, but a fielders' choice on Hunter McAllister gave the E-Hawks two outs before Nick Schany hit a single and was followed by Dylan Kibbie rapping out a base hit. A wild pitch allowed both McAllister and Schany to score for a 2-0 lead when Kibbie was stranded.

The E-Hawks would strand Matt Kibbie in the top of the third on a fielders' choice, while the Tigers left the bases loaded in the bottom of the third frame after the E-Hawk defense came up with a put out at home and a pop fly to end the inning.

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KEEP?IT?IN?FRONT?OF?YOU - E-Hawk Shortstop Connor Joyce sets up to field a grounder during play last week. The E-Hawks defeated Spencer but fell to LeMars to move to a league mark of 2-4 on the season and 5-11 overall -- Dan Voigt photo

In the fourth, Emmetsburg would get a lead off single from Max Dunlap, but he would be left waiting when the E-Hawks went down in order to end the at-bat. The Tigers would strand a runner after a pair of walks as the E-Hawk defense once again made big stops in the bottom of the inning.

The E-Hawks led off the top of the fifth frame with a ground out by Will Schany, but Jeremiah Weir was hit by a pitch and Connor Joyce was walked. Brent Wesley blasted a two-RBI double to score two runs, and advanced off Matt Kibbie's single before Hunter McAllister delivered a base hit to score Wesley, but Matt Kibbie moved to third and was then sent home to score on a balk call against the Spencer pitcher before the at-bat ended, giving the E-Hawks a 6-0 advantage.

Spencer would go down in order in the bottom of the fifth but in the top of the sixth, the E-Hawks would strand Connor Joyce after his base hit. The tigers would erase their goose egg in the bottom of the sixth inning, getting a run off a double and an E-Hawk error to trail 6-1 to start the seventh inning.

A?quick strikeout was followed by a base hit by Max Dunlap, but a second strikeout was followed by a ground out to leave Dunlap waiting at second base.

The E-Hawks would settle in to play defense but gave up a leadoff walk. An infield fly would follow and a fielders' choice took the runner out at second before a ground out would end the game in the 6-1 E-Hawk victory.

Emmetsburg's Matt Kibbie went the distanced on the hill for the win, allowing just one run off three hits, while issuing four walks in the contest.

The E-Hawks got a double from Brent Wesley and three singles from Max Dunlap, along with base hits from Dylan Kibbie, Connor Joyce, Matt Kibbie, Hunter McAllister and Nick Schany.

Things didn't go as well on Thursday as the E-Hawks were blanked by LeMars in a 9-0 loss in Emmetsburg.

The visiting Bulldogs would load the bases in the first but left all three runners stranded, but the E-Hawks would go down in order. In the second, LeMars went down in order, but the E-Hawks would get Connor Joyce on base off a single, along with Matt Kibbie and Max Dunlap would load the sacks with a walk, but the trio were left waiting to end the second frame.

The Bulldogs would leave two runners waiting on base in the top of the third inning, but this time Emmetsburg would be retired in order to end the inning.

With no score to start the fourth inning, LeMars broke the goose-egg on the scoreboard by pushing two runs over the plate off a single and a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead, while the E-Hawks went down in order in their half of the inning.

The Bulldogs added a run in the top of the fifth frame off a pair of base hits to take a 3-0 advantage, while Emmetsburg continued to struggle to find an offensive spark.

Starting the sixth inning, LeMars would be retired in order by the Emmetsburg defense, giving the E-Hawks some hope for the start of a rally. Two quick strikeouts opened the bottom of the sixth inning, but a dropped third-strike error on Jeremiah Weir's at-bat put the third-baseman on base for Emmetsburg, but he would be put out on a fielder's choice to end the inning.

In the top of the seventh, LeMars pushed six more runs over the plate, using a base hit, a walk and a wild pitch and passed ball to do the damage before the defense made the stop. The E-Hawks would get a single from Matt Kibbie but he would be left waiting when the game ended.

Mason Carrigan was tagged for the loss in six innings of work as he gave up five runs, four earned, off six hits with six walks and four strikeouts. Connor Joyce relieved for two-thirds of an inning and gave up four earned runs off one hit with two walks and two strikeouts and Will Schany pitched a third of an inning and gave up one hit with one strikeout.

Emmetsburg got two hits from Matt Kibbie and a single from Connor Joyce in the setback.



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