E’Hawks Earn Split With Algona Bulldogs
by Dan Voigt
Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks suffered their first loss of the season Wednesday at the hands of the Algona Bulldogs, but came back to salvage a split in a doubleheader at Emmetsburg. The E’Hawks were edged 7-5 in the first contest, but reversed the outcome for a 7-6 win in the nightcap to improve to 3-1 on the young season.
Tyler Kliegl made his first start on the mound of the season, and started the game with three quick strikeouts. The E’Hawks would plate a run by Taylor Morris for a 1-0 lead that would hold to the bottom of the third, when Brett Wollum and Morris would come home to give the E’Hawks a 3-0 advantage.
Algona got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth with a run, but went wild in the top of the fifth and final frame, pushing six runs over the plate off off three singles and a home run before the E’Hawk defense could end the at-bat. Emmetsburg would get runs from Brett Wollum and Mitch Wagner, but it was too little too late for the 7-5 loss.
Kliegl would be charged with the loss, giving up the seven runs off five hits with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts.
For Emmetsburg, the offense was led by Taylor Morris, who had a double and a pair of singles, while Mitch Wagner, Ethan Dykstra and Tyler Schmeling all added singles to the effort.
In the nightcap five-inning affair, Brett Wollum would take the mound for the E’Hawks and shut Algona down in their first at-bat. The E’Hawks quickly put a trio of runs on the scoreboard, as Taylor Morris, Ryan Wuebker and Tyler Kliegl all crossed the plate in the bottom of the first frame.
Wollum retired the Bulldogs in order in the second, but the E’Hawks suffered a similar fate. Algona would rally in the top of the third and tie the game up off a pair of hits and a two-run homer, but the E’Hawks had an answer.
Ryan Wuebker led off the third with a double and scored off Mitch Wagner’s base hit. Tyler Kliegl got a single and came around to score after Ethan Dykstra pounded a base hit, and before Tyler Schmeling’s sacrifice brought Kliegl home. Dykstra would score off a base hit by Nate Brown that would put Emmetsburg back on top by a 6-3 tally to start the fourth inning.
Algona would get a pair of singles and score one run in the top of the fourth, and Emmetsburg would put Wollum on base, only to leave him stranded when the inning ended.
In the top of the fifth, Algona would get a solo home run to lead off the inning, but no more as Wollum induced a put out at first and then recorded two strikeouts. The E’Hawks then got a leadoff double from Kliegl, who would come around to score off Dykstra’s base hit and the error on Tyler Schmeling’s at-bat. however, the E’Hawks would leave the bases loaded when the inning and game ended with the 7-6 win for the locals.
Brett Wollum got the win, allowing the six runs off seven hits, while striking out six batters and surrendering just two walks.
Emmetsburg’s hitting was paced by Tyler Kliegl and Ethan Dykstra, who both had two singles and a double, while Ryan Wuebker had two doubles. Brett Wollum, Taylor Morris, Mitch Wagner, Tyler Schmeling, Nate Brown and Andy Wuebker all had base hits for the E’Hawks in the win.
After a trip to Sheldon on Tuesday, the E’Hawks travel to Spencer tonight (Wednesday) and then host Harris-Lake Park on Thursday night before hosting Storm Lake in Lakes Conference play Friday night.