Boys Of Summer Struggle Against ELC
ESTHERVILLE – Despite the return of their ace hurler to the starting rotation, Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks were shut out in a 5-0 loss to Estherville Lincoln Central in Lakes Conference baseball action Thursday night.
The loss drops Emmetsburg to 10-6 overall on the campaign and 4-3 in the league as they prepare to start the second swing through the league schedule.
Emmetsburg would open Thursday’s contest with Ryan Wuebker returning to the hill for his first pitching start in two weeks after battling tendonitis in his shoulder.
The E’Hawks got a leadoff single from Brett Wollum, but Wollum would end up stranded at third when the E’Hawks were retired.
The Midgets would lead off with a double and would then score a run off a pair of base hits and a walk before stranding three runners to end the inning.
Emmetsburg would go down in order in the top of the second, and the Midgets would power three runs over the plate in their half of the inning. using four base hits and a wild pitch to score the runs for a 4-0 advantage at the end of two innings.
In the top of the third, Emmetsburg went down two outs, but Brett Wollum drew a walk to get on base, but got caught in a steal attempt at second and was put out in a run-down between first and second to end the at-bat.
The E’Hawk defense stiffened in the bottom of the third, retiring the Midgets in order for the first time in the game.
Emmetsburg would open with Tyler Kliegl drawing a walk to lead off the fourth inning. After a popup by Wuebker, Taylor Morris hit a fielders’ choice that put Kliegl out at second and left Morris at first when the inning ended. The Midgets would score their final run of the game in the bottom of the frame off a pair of singles for the 5-0 lead.
Emmetsburg got a leadoff walk in the fifth from Tyler Schmeling, but he was left waiting at second. The Midgets also left a runner waiting on base in the bottom of the inning.
The E’Hawks would go down in order in the top of the sixth, but the defense held firm despite a single by the Midgets in their half of the inning.
With a final opportunity in the top of the seventh, Emmetsburg put Taylor Morris on base off an error, and Morris moved to second off a wild pitch. A base hit by Ethan Dykstra put Morris on third base before Tyler Schmeling struck out.
Bobby Mortenson loaded the bases off an error, but with the sacks loaded, Nate Brown and Tommy Kuecker were struck out to end Emmetsburg’s hopes of a late game rally.
Ryan Wuebker would be charged with the loss, as he surrendered five runs off nine hits in five innings of work, while striking out five batters. Tyler Kliegl would relieve Wuebker in the sixth inning, where he surrendered one hit.
For the E’Hawks, the offense was limited to just two hits, as Ethan Dykstra and Brett Wollum recorded the only two singles for the Emmetsburg effort.
After hosting Sheldon on Monday night to start the second rotation through the Lakes, Emmetsburg will step outside the conference tonight (Tuesday) to travel to Harris-Lake Park before returning to conference play on Wednesday. Spencer will come to Emmetsburg on Wednesday night, and the E’Hawks will then host LeMars in a make up game from June 11, which will be played on Thursday, June 19, in Emmetsburg.
The E’Hawks will close out a busy week of play on Friday night when they will make the road trip to Storm Lake.