E’Hawks 2-1 After First Week Of League Play
With their first week of Lakes Conference play under their belts, Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks hold a 2-1 mark following wins over Sheldon and Storm Lake and a loss to Spencer. Overall, Mike Brennan’s ballclub stands at 6-2 going into week three of the campaign of 2008.
On Tuesday, the E’Hawks earned a 10-1 league opening win over the Sheldon Orabs. With ace Ryan Wuebker on the mound, the E’Hawks surrendered just one home run and a total of three hits in collecting the win. Wuebker would strike out 13 Orabs in the outing, and issued just one walk in the performance. Offensively, the E’Hawks had the game in hand all night long, putting it out of reach in the top of the seventh when they pushed five runs over the plate. Taylor Morris would rack up a solo homer and a pair of base hits, while Langston Jones had a double and a pair of base hits. Ryan Wuebker and Tyler Kliegl each hit two singles, with Brett Wollum, Mitch Wagner and Ethan Dykstra adding singles to the effort.
Wednesday night at Spencer was a less stellar performance, as the E’Hawks were blanked in a 9-0 setback by the Tigers. Taylor Morris would take the loss on the mound as he went the distance, giving up nine runs off seven hits with seven strikeouts and four walks.
Uncharacteristic errors hampered the E’Hawks, with some misplayed balls allowing Spencer to capitalize on their speed in baserunning.
The E’Hawks would manage just seven baserunners in the entire contest against Spencer’s defense. Taylor Morris got on in the first, while Tyler Kliegl and Tyler Schmeling made it onto the sacks in the top of the second inning. Ryan Wuebker would get on base off an error in the third, but the E’Hawks were retired in order in the fourth and fifth innings.
Mitch Wagner got on base in the sixth, while Tyler Schmeling and Nate Brown manage to get on in the seventh, but could do no more.
For Emmetsburg, Mitch Wagner, Tyler Kliegl, Tyler Schmeling and Nate Brown all hit singles in the contest, which evened Emmetsburg’s record to 1-1 in the Lakes.
A non-conference tilt with Harris-Lake Park was rained out on Thursday, giving the E’Hawks a day of rest before resuming conference play on Friday at home against Storm Lake.
After a pair of tough losses to the Tornadoes last season, the E’Hawks were looking for a measure of revenge on Friday night.
With Tyler Kliegl on the mound to start for the E’Hawks, Storm Lake would plate two runs in the top of the first inning, but Emmetsburg would answer back with a pair of their own, as Brett Wollum and Taylor Morris both came home for a 2-2 tie.
The Tornadoes plated another run in the top of the second, but Emmetsburg answered with three more runs of their own off a three-run homer by Taylor Morris.
Storm Lake would answer with a solo homer of their own in the third inning, but Emmetsburg came up with three more runs in their half of the inning. Tyler Schmeling and Bobby Mortenson had back-to-back base hits and Brett Wollum would get on base off a walk. A single by Morris scored Schmeling, while Mortenson and Wollum came home off a double by Ryan Wuebker.
Trailing 8-4 to start the fourth, Storm Lake pushed two runs in as they kept pressuring the E’Hawks, but a pitching change saw Wuebker come in for a two-out, bases loaded situation to get the final out to end the at-bat. Emmetsburg would would go down in order in the bottom of the fourth to hold onto their 8-6 lead. Storm Lake couldn’t get anything going in the fifth, but Emmetsburg tacked on four runs, including a three run home run blast from Wuebker and a run from Mitch Wagner after he hit a triple and was brought home by Tyler Kliegl’s double. Now trailing 12-6, Storm Lake couldn’t get anything going in the sixth and Emmetsburg went down in order. The Tornadoes added two runs in the seventh but it was too little too late.
Tyler Kliegl went three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs off six hits with five strikeouts and four walks. Ryan Wuebker relieved for two and a third innings, allowing two runs off two hits wit six strikeouts and one walk.
Taylor Morris had a homer, double and single, while Ryan Wuebker had a homer, single and double. Mitch Wagner had a single, double and triple, while Brett Wollum had a double and single. bobby Mortenson had two singles, while Tyler Schmeling and Tyler Kliegl added base hits to the winning effort.