E’Hawks Down Laurens-Marathon
by Dan Voigt
LAURENS – Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks capped off the first week of the 2008 baseball season with a 10-0 shutout win over Laurens-Marathon on Thursday, May 22. The win gives Emmetsburg a 4-1 mark in non-conference action, going into Tuesday’s Lakes Conference opener at Sheldon.
On Thursday night, Brett Wollum took the mound for the E’Hawks to open the contest, holding the Chargers to just one hit on the night.
The E’Hawks opened the top of the first with a walk of Wollum, and Taylor Morris got on base off a fielders’ choice. The two E’Hawks wee stranded when the at-bat ended. Laurens-Marathon would go down in order in their half of the inning.
Emmetsburg broke the ice in the top of the second when Tyler Kliegl led off with a base hit, and then worked around off a base hit by Ethan Dykstra. After a strikeout, Nate Brown rapped out a single to score Kliegl and a fielders’ choice by Andy Wuebker brought Dykstra home for a 2-0 lead before the inning ended. The Chargers were set down in order once again to preserve Emmetsburg’s 2-0 lead.
In the third, the E’Hawks got Taylor Morris on base off an error, and the shortstop would score off a base hit by Ryan Wuebker, who would be stranded.
Laurens-Marathon would get their only hit of the game in the bottom of the third off a single, but the side would go down in order off a double play on the next at-bat and a strikeout by Wollum.
With a 3-0 lead to start the fourth, Emmetsburg chalked up a couple more runs in their half of the inning. Ethan Dykstra led off with a single and was followed by Tyler Schmeling, who got on base off an error. A pair of strikeouts would see the runners advance to second and third, but a base hit by Brett Wollum would bring Dykstra over the plate and Schmeling would plate his run before Taylor Morris was put out to end the at-bat.
Laurens-Marathon was induced into three put outs in the bottom of the fourth to give Emmetsburg the 5-0 advantage to start the fifth inning.
Ryan Wuebker led off the fifth with a single and came around to score off a base hit by Ethan Dykstra. Dykstra and teammate Tyler Kliegl, who had drawn a walk, were left waiting for the bus when Schmeling and Nate Brown were struck out to end the opportunity.
Emmetsburg Coach Mike Brennan made a pitching change in the bottom of the fifth, bringing Tyler Kliegl from third to the mound to finish out the game. Kliegl started with a strikeout and then got defensive support for a put-out, but a pair of errors and a walk loaded the sacks. Kliegl didn’t get rattled, however, as he induced a strikeout to end the threat and the inning.
In the top of the sixth , Emmetsburg opened the floodgates. Starting at the top of the order, the E’Hawks took care of business.
Brett Wollum got on base off an error and scored off a double by Taylor Morris. Morris came home off a two-run home run shot by Ryan Wuebker before Mitch Wagner was put out for the first out.
Tyler Kliegl was walked, and advanced off a single by Dykstra before scoring his run. Tyler Schmeling drew a walk to join Dykstra on base, but the duo were stranded to end the at-bat.
Kliegl returned to the mound and got the defensive help he needed for the first out before getting a strikeout. The game ended on a foul tip caught by Dykstra under the 10-run rule.
Brett Wollum would get the win, with Kliegl earning the save. Wollum allowed just one hit with four strikeouts in four innings of work, while Kliegl pitched two innings and allowed one walk with three strikeouts.
For the E’Hawks, Ryan Wuebker led the offense with a home run and a pair of singles. Ethan Dykstra had three base hits, while Taylor Morris had a double and single. Nate Brown, Tyler Kliegl and Brett Wollum rounded out the effort with singles.
Emmetsburg returns home tonight (Thursday) to host Harris-Lake Park, and then will host Storm Lake on Friday night, May 30, for a Lakes Conference matchup before hosting Pocahontas Area on Tuesday, June 3.