E’Hawks Slip Up In Loss To Cherokee
When the top-ranked team in Class 2A comes to your field to play, you better be ready to give your all and then some. Such was the case Monday as Cherokee came to take on the Emmetsburg E’Hawks, and left Emmetsburg with an 11-2 win over the E’Hawks.
The loss dropped Emmetsburg to 4-2 in the Lakes and 10-4 overall on the season.
With Taylor Morris on the mound, the E’Hawks had high hopes as they took to the field, but Cherokee quickly set the tone of the night, pushing three runs over the plate in the top of the first off three hits and a pair of walks. Emmetsburg would leave two runners stranded after a walk and a fielders choice to trail 3-0.
The two teams traded out for out in the second and in the third, the Braves got a solo home run to take a 4-0 lead after Emmetsburg stranded Morris in the bottom of the inning.
The fourth inning saw both defenses put up solid efforts, trading outs in order for both teams.
In the top of he fifth, Cherokee led off with a strikeout, and then loaded up the bases off a pair of walks and a single. Designated Hitter Tim Jones stepped to the plate and sent a shot over the left field fence for a Grand Slam that would clear the bases and give Cherokee an 8-0 lead when the at-bat ended.
Emmetsburg could only answer with a single by Nate Brown, who was left waiting at first when the inning ended with the E’Hawks looking at the eight-run deficit.
A dropped third strike allowed Cherokee to put their leadoff runner on base to start the sixth inning. Then a shot down the first base line would result in a two-run homer for the Braves third round-tripper of the contest, making the score 10-0.
Emmetsburg came up to bat in the bottom of the sixth, needing to get something going or to have the game end early via the 10-run rule. Taylor Morris led off with a base hit and was followed on base off a fielders’ choice on Ryan Wuebker’s at-bat. An error put Mitch Wagner on base to load the sacks before a fielders’ choice on Tyler Kliegl’s at-bat allowed Morris to score and Wuebker to take third.
Wagner was put out on the force at second, leaving E’Hawks at the corners. A sacrifice fly by Ethan Dykstra brought Wuebker home for the second run, but as Kliegl tried to take second, he was caught in a run-down and was called out by the base umpire for running out of the basepath to avoid two Braves blocking the basepath after a throw.
Emmetsburg Coach Mike Brennan protested the call to no avail, ending the E’Hawks’ attempt at a comeback in the sixth.
With a 10-2 lead, Cherokee opened the seventh with a strikeout and a walk before Brennan brought Andy Wuebker in to relieve Morris on the mound.
Wuebker allowed a fielders’ choice on the first batter he faced, which put the batter on base but got the runner on base for the second out. An error would allow another runner on base, and a passed ball on a pickoff attempt allowed a final run to score before an infield fly to Wuebker at the mound ended the at-bat.
Now trailing 11-2, the E’Hawks went down in order to end the contest in the disappointing loss.
Taylor Morris was charged with the loss, allowing 10 runs off nine hits with seven strikeouts and four walks in six and a third innings of work. Andy Wuebker relieved for the final two-thirds of an inning and gave up one run.
For the E’Hawks, Taylor Morris would have two singles, while Nate Brown added a single for the only Emmetsburg offense.
After a trip to Estherville Lincoln Central tonight, (Thursday), weather permitting, the E’Hawks will take Friday off and return to action on Monday when they will start the second half of the season hosting Sheldon.