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E’Hawks Regain Winning Ways On Diamond

By Staff | Jun 19, 2008

GET BACK! - Emmetsburg’s Bobby Mortenson scoots back to first base on a pick-off attempt during play in Tuesday night’s non-conference game against Harris-Lake Park. --Dan Voigt photo

After a couple of tough losses at the end of last week, Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks got back on the winning track with a pair of wins in action Monday and Tuesday.

Coach Mike Brennan’s club opened the week with a 10-0 shut-out win over Sheldon in five innings on Monday night. Taylor Morris took the mound in the league matchup, and surrendered a hit in the first but no more. The E’Hawk hurler would then plate a run in the bottom of the inning off a single by Mitch Wagner for a 1-0 lead.

The Orabs would get another hit in the second but no more, as Emmetsburg would put the game completely out of reach in the bottom of the inning. Tyler Schmeling led off with a single and scored off Bobby Mortenson’s two-run home run shot. Nate Brown was put out at first and Brett Wollum hit a fly ball for the first two outs, but Morris drew a walk as the parade began. A double by Ryan Wuebker and a walk of Mitch Wagner loaded the sacks before Tyler Kliegl hit single to score Morris.

With the bases juiced, Ethan Dykstra took a swing and crushed the ball out of the park for the Grand Slam before Schmeling hit a fly ball to end the inning with the 8-0 lead.

Sheldon went down in order in the third, as did the E’Hawks and in the fourth, left a runner stranded after a walk. The E’Hawks got a run from Morris as he took the first pitch over the fence for the solo round tripper before the E’Hawks were retired for a 9-0 advantage.

In the fifth, Sheldon tried to mount a rally, managing to put runners on first and second, but left them stranded. The E’Hawks opened their half of the inning with Ethan Dykstra hitting a single and then coming around to score off a single by Bobby Mortenson that ended the game at 10-0 via the 10-run rule.

Taylor Morris went the distance in the win, allowing just three hits on the night, while striking out seven batters and issuing two walks.

For the E’Hawks, Dykstra had the Grand Slam and a base hit, while Morris and Mortenson both had a homer and single each. Ryan Wuebker had a double and a single, while Tyler Schmeling and Mitch Wagner both added base hits to the effort.

Tuesday the E’Hawks traveled to Lake Park for a non-conference match against the Wolves of Harris-Lake Park.

With Brett Wollum on the mound Tuesday, the E’Hawks got out to an early start against the Wolves. In the top of the first inning, Wollum, Taylor Morris and Ryan Wuebker all hit their way on base, with Wollum scoring off Morris’ base hit and Morris coming home off Wuebker’s triple. Wuebker would score off a base rap by Ethan Dykstra to give Emmetsburg a 3-0 lead.

The Wolves would strand a runner to end the inning trailing by three runs.

The E’Hawks duplicated the effort in the second inning, only this time Bobby Mortenson got on base off a walk and then scored off Wollum’s double. Courtesy runner Tommy Kuecker would score off a double by Wuebker, and Wuebker would come home off a base rap and error on Mitch Wagner’s at-bat for a 6-0 advantage.

HLP went down in order in the bottom of the second, but in the third, the E’Hawks left Tyler Schmeling and Nate Brown waiting for a way home. The wolves would also strand a runner in their half of the third inning to leave the score at 6-0.

In the top of the fourth, Emmetsburg led off with a triple from Taylor Morris, who would score off a single from Wuebker. Mitch Wagner got a base hit before Tyler Schmeling rapped out a double to score Wuebker and Wagner. Schmeling would then score the fourth run of the inning when Bobby Mortenson laid down a base hit, but was left waiting when the at-bat ended.

Harris-Lake Park would erase their goose egg in the bottom of the fourth, scoring a run off a hit and an error to make the score 10-1.

In the top of the fifth, Emmetsburg got a single from Wollum to lead off, and Kuecker, running for Wollum, would score off Wuebker’s double. Wuebker would score off a double by Wagner before the Wolves made their third pitching change in the game that would end the at-bat.

The Wolves would push a run over the plate in the bottom of the fifth, but it was too little too late as the E’Hawks recorded the win.

Brett Wollum got the win, going four and a third innings and allowing two runs off one hit with a strikeout and two walks. Tyler Kliegl relieved for two thirds of an inning and struck out one.

For Emmetsburg, Ryan Wuebker had a triple, two doubles and a base hit. Brett Wollum had a double and two singles, while Taylor Morris had a triple and a single. Mitch Wagner had a double and two singles, while Tyler Schmeling added a double and single. Ethan Dykstra had a base hit and Bobby Mortenson added a single to the effort.

After hosting Spencer on Wednesday night, Emmetsburg will host LeMars in a makeup contest tonight (Thursday). The JV-Varsity game will make up the June 11 game cancelled by storms.