MILFORD - It took nine innings and three different pitchers to do the job, but Emmetsburg earned a 14-11 win over Okoboji on Thursday night. The win gave Emmetsburg a 3-3 mark on the year overall.
The E-Hawks opened the contest at Milford quickly plating two runs by Luke Jackson and Greg Wesley, using a pair of hits, including a two-RBI?double by Zach Anderson, to take the quick lead. Okoboji would respond, though as E-Hawk starter Luke Jackson was roughed up for three runs off four hits in the bottom of the first. The E-Hawks would get Dillon VanOosbree on base off a walk with two away in the top of the second but left the runner waiting when they were retired.
The Pioneers took up where they left off in the first, touching Jackson for three more runs off a pair of hits and two runs before Dillon VanOosbree came in to record the third out in relief.
COME?ON, ZACH! - Zach Anderson relieved for five and tw-thirds innings Thursday in Emmetsburg’s 14-11, nine-inning win over Okoboji. -- Dan Voigt photo
Leading off the third, Greg Wesley would get a run back for Emmetsburg after being hit by a pitch as he scored off an RBI?single by Zach Anderson that cut the deficit to 6-3. Okoboji would plate a run in the bottom of the third to extend their lead to 7-3, but left the bases loaded when the E-Hawk defense shut down the inning.
In the top of the fourth, E-Hawk DH?Nick Chapman got a single and scored along with VanOosbree off a two-run RBI?single from Greg Wesley making the score 7-5.
In the bottom of the fourth, Zach Anderson came to the mound and surrendered a lead off base hit before the Pioneers were retired in order.
Emmetsburg would get a big double from Jacob Kibbie in the top of the fifth, and Kibbie came around to score of an RBI single from Wes Schultes before the at-bat ended, making the score 7-6. The Pioneers would be stopped again in the bottom of the fifth, getting a base hit before being retired.
Trailing 7-6 to lead off the sixth frame, the E-Hawks wanted to make a little noise. Luke Jackson would hit a single and Joe Jackson was hit by a pitch with two away. Zach Anderson stepped up and pounded his second double of the game, scoring both Jacksons to give Emmetsburg a one-run lead, 8-6.
Okoboji would again get a base hit in the bottom of the sixth, and then got a runner on base off a fielders' choice that put out the lead runner and ended their opportunity.
Emmetsburg went down in order in the top of the seventh after a pitching change by the Pioneers. Okoboji would go down two quick outs, but three walks would load the bases before a passed ball allowed Okoboji to tie the game at 8-8, sending it to extra innings.
Dillon VanOosbree led off the eighth with a triple and scored off Greg Wesley's RBI?single for an 9-8 lead, but in the bottom of the inning, Okoboji got a leadoff solo home run to tie the game again at 9-9.
Moving to the top of the ninth, Emmetsburg went down two quick outs, but would get Schultes and Max Dunlap on base before Chapman pounded a two-RBI?double. Pinch runner Kyler Hofer would plate a run along with VanOosbree and Luke Jackson after they were walked off a three-run RBI double from Greg Wesley for a 14-9 lead. The Pioneers would plate two runs off a wild pitch and a single with two outs before VanOosbree relieved Anderson on the hill for the final out to save the 14-11 win.
For the E-Hawks, Anderson got the win in relief, going five and two-thirds innings with four runs, two earned, off five hits with five walks and two strikeouts. Dillon VanOosbree worked an inning and two-thirds with one run earned off two hits with one strikeout. Luke Jackson pitched an inning and two thirds with six runs, five earned off four hits with two walks and a strikeout.
Emmetsburg got a triple from VanOosbree and three hits with six RBI's from Wesley and three hits and five RBI's from Anderson, while Chapman added two RBI's off a double. Luke Jackson, Jake Kibbie, Aaron Bird and Wes Schultes all came away with hits for Emmetsburg in the marathon win.