E’Hawks Take Quartet Of Wins On Diamond
Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks closed out a busy week of play with a pair of Lakes Conference baseball wins and a win in their own invitational tournament. On Wednesday, the E’Hawks outlasted Western Christian in Hull by a 7-5 tally and then claimed a 7-6 win over Spirit Lake on Friday night to improve to a mark of 4-1 in the Lakes Conference.
On Saturday, the E’Hawks defeated Armstrong-Ringsted and Westwood to claim their tournament title and improve their overall season mark to 10-3.
On Wednesday the E’Hawks made the long road trip to Hull and defeated Western Christian by a 7-5 score. Emmetsburg would plate an early run in the top of the first when Taylor Morris belted a solo home run, but Western answered with two runs for a 2-1 lead. The score would hold through the second inning, but Emmetsburg tied the game in the third when Morris scored off a double by Ryan Wuebker.
After holding Western scoreless in the third, the E’Hawks tallied three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Tyler Schmeling started the scores with a solo home run, and Bobby Mortenson followed, scoring off a error on Brett Wollum’s at-bat. Wollum would score with two outs off a single by Taylor Morris before the at-bat ended for the 5-2 lead.Emmetsburg would get a run from Tyler Schmeling in the fifth off a single from Nate Brown for a 6-2 lead.
In the sixth, Ryan Wuebker scored the final run for the E’Hawks off an error on Tyler Kliegl’s at-bat. However, Western would get a solo homer in the sixth to make the score 6-3.
Emmetsburg would strand a runner in the top of the seventh and Western pushed two runs over the plate before Taylor Morris and the defense made the outs to end the contest.
Morris would get the win, giving up five runs off five hits, while walking five and striking out eight.
The E’Hawks got a home run and two singles from Morris, while Tyler Schmeling added a home run shot. Ryan Wuebker had a single and double, while Ethan Dykstra, Bobby Mortenson and Nate Brown all had singles.
Down Spirit Lake
Emmetsburg traveled to Spirit Lake on Friday and claimed a 7-6 win over the Indians to improve to 4-1 in league play.
After a scoreless first inning, the E’Hawks pushed two runs over in the second inning, as Mitch Wagner and Ethan Dykstra both scored offf a double by Tyler Schmeling and a sacrifice by Bobby Mortenson.
Spirit Lake would strike back in a big way, scoring five runs in the bottom of the inning off a pair of base hits and a home run.
Trailing 5-2, Emmetsburg chipped away at the lead, and got two runs back in the third. Taylor Morris would come home off a two-run home run shot by Ryan Wuebker to make the score 4-5 after the Indians went down in order.
The E’Hawks retook the lead in the top of the fourth inning, as Ethan Dykstra came home off a two-run homer by Bobby Mortenson for a 6-5 advantage. The two teams traded outs in the fifth inning and the sixth, but Spirit Lake managed to score a run to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth.
Emmetsburg opened the seventh with a strikeout, but Mitch Wagner blasted a solo homer over the left field fence to put Emmetsburg back on top. The E’Hawks made a pitching change from Tyler Kliegl to Taylor Morris, who shut down the Indians for the save.
Kliegl got the win, giving up six runs off eight hits with four strikeouts and two walks in six innings, while Morris struck out two in an inning of relief.
Emmetsburg got a home run, double and single from Mitch Wagner, while Bobby Mortenson and Ryan Wuebker both had home runs. Taylor Morris had a double and single, while Tyler Schmeling hit a double and Ethan Dykstra added a single.
Returning home on Saturday, the E’Hawks faced Armstrong-Ringsted in the first game of the tournament and earned an 8-5 victory.
Playing as the visitors, Emmetsburg led off the first inning with a four singles and resulted in a run from Taylor Morris. The Mustangs would answer back by pushing two runs, from a two run single by Logan Anderson, for a 2-1 lead.
The E’Hawks would trade outs with the Mustangs in the second inning, but in the third frame, Emmetsburg added a run to tie the score. Ryan Wuebker would crank out a double and come around to score off a sacrifice fly by Tyler Kliegl for a 2-2 score.
Emmetsburg played some solid defense in the bottom of the third and fourth before coming back up in the top of the fifth and scoring three runs. Taylor Morris led off with a single and was followed on base by Tyler Kliegl. Morris would score off a single by Ethan Dykstra, and Kliegl crossed the plate along with Dykstra off a double by Tyler Schmeling for a 5-2 lead.
AR would answer with a run of their own off a solo homer by Craig Tigges to end the fifth with a 5-3 score. The E’Hawks pushed three more runs over in the top of the sixth, as Brett Wollum walked and was followed on base by Ryan Wuebker. The duo would come home when Mitch Wagner belted a shot over the left center fence for the three run homer.
The Mustangs tried to rally with two runs in the bottom of the sixth as Logan Anderson and Ridge Christianson would both score off back-to-back sacrifices by Travis Hantleman and Shaun Ash, but the inning ended with an 8-5 score. The two teams would trade outs in the seventh to give Emmetsburg the win.
Brett Wollum earned the win on the hill, giving up five runs off seven hits with eight strikeouts. The E’Hawks got a home run and a double from Wagner, while Ethan Dykstra and Ryan Wuebker both had doubles and singles. Taylor Morris had two singles while Tyler Schmeling, Tyler Kliegl and Brett Wollum all had singles.
For the tourney title, Emmetsburg defeated the Westwood Rebels by a 10-6 score. The Rebels took an early 1-0 lead, but Emmetsburg came back in the bottom of the first to score two runs as Morris would come home off a two-run homer by Mitch Wagner.
Westwood tied the game with a run in the top of the second inning, but Emmetsburg couldn’t answer to break the 2-2 deadlock. In the third, Westwood left a runner waiting at third and the E’Hawks went down in order.
The Rebels would strand one in the fourth, but Emmetsburg would rip the Rebel defense for five runs in the bottom of the inning. Tyler Kliegl would score after walks by Tyler Schmeling and a single by Nate Brown. Tommy Kuecker would walk and Taylor Morris would score Schmeling. Brown, Kuecker and Morris would all come home off a single by Ryan Wuebker, who would be stranded at third.
Westwood would try to answer in the top of the fifth inning, as they pushed three runs over the plate before being put out with a pair of strikeouts by Andy Wuebker.
The E’Hawks would add two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Tyler Kliegl scored off a a two-run homer by Ethan Dykstra, making the score 9-5.
In the top of the sixth, the Rebels plated a final run off a sacrifice fly. The E’Hawks would put their last run on the scoreboard when Ryan Wuebker delivered a shot over the outfield fence for the solo round-tripper and the 10-6 score.
The score would stand through the seventh inning, as the E’Hawk defense gave up a single and a double, but got the outs to end the threat and take the tournament title.
Brett Wollum made the start and went two innings before surrendering the mound to Any Wuebker. Wollum gave up two runs off three hits, while striking out four batters. Wuebker would get the save with four runs off five hits, while striking out three batters and issuing three walks in five innings of work.
For the E’Hawks, Ryan Wuebker had a home run and a single, while Mitch Wagner and Ethan Dykstra both had home runs. Brett Wollum, Taylor Morris, Tyler Kliegl,and Nate Brown all added base hits to the effort.
After hosting Cherokee on Monday, the E’Hawks travel to Okoboji tonight (Tuesday) and then will host LeMars on Wednesday and travel to Estherville Lincoln Central on Thursday to cap off a busy week of action.