E’Hawks Struggle In Loss To Pocahontas
Emmetsburg returned to action on the diamond Tuesday night after a Monday off, and the layoff did the E’Hawks no favors in a 5-3 loss to Pocahontas Area. The loss dropped Emmetsburg to a 6-3 mark overall on the season with a 2-1 Lakes Conference mark going into Wednesday night’s matchup with Western Christian.
Uncharacteristic errors plagued Emmetsburg throughout the contest, as the E’Hawks committed five errors on the night off misplayed balls.
Brett Wollum went the distance on the mound for the E’Hawks, who surrendered a run in the top of the first inning to the Indians. The E’Hawks would sit down in order in the bottom of the inning to trail 1-0. Emmetsburg’s defense came to life in the second, allowing a base runner but no more for the Indians. In the bottom of the inning, the E’Hawks got Tyler Kliegl on base off a walk with one out. Kliegl would moved to second off a base hit by Ethan Dykstra, and the bases got crowded when Tyler Kliegl drew a walk.
A strikeout of Bobby Mortenson put Nate Brown up to bat and the second baseman delivered an RBI single to score Kliegl before Brett Wollum hit a fly ball to center field to end the inning.
With the score knotted at 1-1, the Indians got a single in the third but no more. Emmetsburg duplicated the effort but the score remained tied up.
In the top of the fourth, Pocahontas Area led off with a base hit, and followed it up with a second base hit. A walk loaded the bases before a wild pitch allowed one run to score and a single pushed a second run over the plate. The Indians scored a third run off a sacrifice to take a 4-1 lead when the at-bat ended.
Emmetsburg needed to get their offense on track, and things seemed to be looking up. Ethan Dykstra led off with a double, but was left waiting at second when Tyler Schmeling and Bobby Mortenson were struck out. Nate Brown drew a walk, but the two E’Hawks were stranded when the inning ended.
Pocahontas Area led off the fifth inning with a single, but a fielders’ choice put the lead runner out at second off a nice relay by the E’Hawk defense. The Indians managed another base hit and a walk, and managed to score a run off a sacrifice fly to end their half of the inning with a 5-1 advantage over the E’Hawks.
Emmetsburg got a walk from Ryan Wuebker in the bottom of the fifth, only to see him put out on a fielders’ choice on Mitch Wagner’s at-bat. Wagner would be left stranded at second when the inning ended.
Emmetsburg’s defense held the Indians to a base hit in the top of the sixth inning, and left the Indians with a pair of runners stranded on base.The E’Hawks went down in order in their half of the error.
In the top of the seventh, Pocahontas Area would get a final base hit with two outs, and ended up leaving the runner waiting.
It was do or die time for the E’Hawks as they came up to bat. Nate Brown led off with a strikeout, but Brett Wollum drew a walk to give the E’Hawks life on the basepaths. Taylor Morris got a base hit and Ryan Wuebker drew a walk before the Indians made a pitching change.
The new pitcher, Jarrod Schott, managed to get Mitch Wagner to hit a long fly ball to left for the second out, but Tyler Kliegl punched a double to the center field fence to score Wollum and Morris.
With the rally momentum growing, Ethan Dykstra belted out a single and Kliegl took off for third, only to be thrown out as he slid into third for the game ending out.
Brett Wollum would take the loss, giving up the five runs off eight hits, while striking out three batters and issuing two walks.
Ethan Dykstra led Emmetsburg’s hitting with a double and two singles, while Tyler Kliegl had a double. Taylor Morris and Nate Brown also added singles to the effort.
After traveling to Hull to take on Western Christian on Wednesday night, the E’Hawks will travel to Spirit Lake tonight (Thursday) for a Lakes Conference matchup against the Indians before taking Friday night off.