E’Hawk Boys Of Summer Open With Wins
by Dan Voigt
Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks came together quickly to open their baseball season Tuesday night. In a pair of six-inning varsity games with Bishop Garrigan, Coach Mike Brennan’s E’Hawks earned a 5-0 win in the opener, and then gave Brennan his 250th Career win in an 11-1 nightcap.
“It wasn’t too bad of an outing considering how little time we’ve had to work as a group,” Brennan noted. “It’s good to get the wins, but there’s certainly room for improvement.”
In the first game, senior ace Ryan Wuebker got the win for the E’Hawks, as he tallied six strikeouts with two walks and one hit for the 5-0 victory.
After getting a base hit in the top of the first, Bishop Garrigan would go down in order.
Emmetsburg did most of its damage in the first inning, when Taylor Morris got a singled, only to be put out at second after a single by Wuebker. Courtesy Runner Bill Pelzer would plate the first run as Mitch Wagner got on base off an error, and would come home when Tyler Kliegl delivered a double. Kliegl would plate his run off a base hit by Ethan Dykstra before the E’Hawks were retired with a 3-0 lead to end the first frame.
The two teams would trade outs through the next three innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Tyler Schmeling led off with a single and moved to second off a sacrifice by Nate Brown. A sac by Brett Wollum put Schmeling on third, but Taylor Morris came up and pounded the first home run shot of the season over the batting cage in left field to score Schmeling and himself for the 5-0 final score.
Taylor Morris led the hitting with his home run shot and a single, while Mitch Wagner added a double and two base hits. Tyler Kliegl added a double and Ryan Wuebker, Ethan Dykstra and Tyler Schmeling all had singles.
In the second game, Taylor Morris took the mound for Emmetsburg and surrendered five hits, but only gave up one run as he struck out nine Golden Bears, while issuing three walks.
Emmetsburg would plate an early run in the bottom of the first inning off a single by Morris, who came around to score off a double by Mitch Wagner.
The two teams traded outs and jockeyed back and forth in the second inning before Emmetsburg held the Golden Bears in check in the top of the third frame. The E’Hawks found some offense in the bottom half of the inning when Ryan Wuebker got on board off a base hit and Mitch Wagner got on safely off a fielders’ choice. The pair would come around to score off a double by Tyler Kliegl. With two outs, Kliegl would score off a base hit by Ethan Dykstra to put Emmetsburg up 4-0 when the at-bat ended.
Bishop Garrigan would erase their goose egg in the top of the fourth, getting a run off a pair of base hits. Emmetsburg would reply in their half of the inning, as Taylor Morris would get on board off a fielders’ choice and be followed by Ryan Wuebker with a double. Morris would score off a single by Mitch Wagner, and a walk by Kliegl would be followed by a walk by Bobby Mortenson that would allow Wagner to come home and Kliegl after a pickoff attempt went sour.
Trailing 7-1, Bishop Garrigan got a single in the top of the fifth and then went down in order. Emmetsburg came up in the bottom of the fifth and led off with a strikeout of Brett Wollum.
Taylor Morris hit a single and advanced off a walk of Wuebker. The pair advanced off Mitch Wagner’s base hit before Tyler Kliegl got on base off a fielders’ choice that scored Morris, but Wuebker was thrown out at third.
Bobby Mortenson came up and pounded a single to right field to score Wagner.
Ethan Dykstra came up with Kliegl at third and Mortenson at second and sent a double deep to center field. Kliegl scored for the 10-1 lead and M mortenson rounded third as the throw headed to the plate.
Bishop Garrigan catcher Kyle Smith tried to set up for a play at the plate in the base path, but Mortenson dove and the pair collided, with the ball bouncing off the catcher and landing on the first base line as Mortenson slid over the plate safe, ending the game with the 10-run rule.
For Emmetsburg, Mitch Wagner had a double and two singles, while Taylor Morris had two singles. Ryan Wuebker had a double and single, as did Ethan Dykstra, while Tyler Kliegl added a double. Bobby Mortenson would cap off the hitting for the E’Hawks with a single to earn Coach Brennan his 250th career victory as a coach.
After hosting Algona in a pair of varsity five-inning games on Wednesday, Emmetsburg travels to Laurens-Marathon tonight (Thursday_ for a junior varsity-varsity doubleheader.
The E’Hawks will then take the Memorial Day weekend off before starting Lakes Conference baseball play next Tuesday night, May 27, when they travel to Sheldon to meet up with the Orabs. On Wednesday, May 28, the E’Hawks will travel to Spencer for another Lakes Conference JV-varsity matchup with long-time rivals Spencer.