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E’Hawks Struggle At End Of Long Week

By Staff | Jun 24, 2008

CAUGHT IN THE RUNDOWN - E’Hawk Tyler Schmeling gets caught in a rundown during the second inning of Friday’s game at Storm Lake. The E’Hawks would come up short in a 10-6 loss to the Tornadoes to move to 5-6 in the Lakes. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks ended a long week of action on the diamond with a trio of los. The E’Hawks dropped to 5-6 in the Lakes Conference standings and 12-9 overall with the losses to Spencer, LeMars and Storm Lake.

The E’Hawks opened the stand at home on Wednesday in a 9-6 loss to the Tigers of Spencer.

After holding Spencer scoreless in the first, the E’Hawks got a run in the bottom of the inning when Taylor Morris rapped out a single and advanced off a base hit from Mitch Wagner after Ryan Wuebker’s fielders’ choice and then scored off Tyler Kliegl’s base hit.

Spencer was held scoreless in the top of the second, and the E’Hawks came up with another run in the bottom of the frame as Tyler Schmeling led off with a base hi and came around to score off a passed ball for a 2-0 lead.

The tigers got a run in the top of the third off a sase hit and an error, as Emmetsburg went down in order in their half of the inning. Trailing 2-1 to start the fourth, Spencer would get a two-run homer in the at-bat to take a 3-2 lead.

Emmetsburg responded in their half of the inning, when Ethan Dykstra hit a single and came around to score off a double by Bobby Mortenson to tie the game at 3-3.

Spencer would erupt for three runs in the top of the fifth inning off a three-run homer before the E’Hawk defense could make the stop. The E’Hawks tried to answer in kind, as Taylor Morris and Ryan Wuebker got on base and came around to score off singles by Tyler Kliegl and Ethan Dykstra, but the pair were stranded when the inning ended.

Holding a one-run lead, the Tigers tacked three more runs onto their total in the top of the sixth inning, to pull away to the 9-5 lead. The E’Hawks would get a solo home run with tow outs from Ryan Wuebker to narrow the gap to three runs, but there would be no more as the two clubs traded outs in the seventh.

Ryan Wuebker took the loss, allowing nine runs off 10 hits with five strikeouts .

Emmetsburg got a home run and a double from Wuebker, while Bobby Mortenson had two doubles. Taylor Morris, Ethan Dykstra, mitch Wagner and Tyler Kliegl each had two singles while Brett Wollum added a single.

Thursday the E’Hawks were blanked in a 10-0 loss by LeMars, making up a game postponed from June 11.

LeMars would score two runs in the first, four runs in the third inning and four more runs in the top of the fifth as Emmetsburg was limited to just one hit, a single by Mitch Wagner in the second inning.

Tyler Kliegl was rung up for the loss on the hill, surrendering the 10 runs off seven hits, with three strikeouts and four walks.

In action on Friday, Emmetsburg closed out their fifth straight night of play by taking on the Tornadoes at Storm Lake. A big fifth inning would be the difference in the game as the Tornadoes claimed a 10-6 win over Emmetsburg..

With Taylor Morris on the mound for the E’Hawks, Emmetsburg got on the score board early in the contest. Brett Wollum led off with base hit and Taylor Morris smashed a triple to the fence to score his teammate. Morris would then come home to score off a fielders’ choice on Mitch Wagner’s at bat to give Emmetsburg a 2-0 lead.

Storm Lake would answer with a run of their own in the bottom of the first inning to trail 2-1 when the inning ended.

The E’Hawks would put Tyler Schmeling on base off a walk in the top of the second, but Schmeling got caught in a run-down between first and second and was finally chased down for the out.. Storm Lake was retired in order in the bottom of the inning as the score remained 2-1.

The E’hawks would lead off the third with a single by Brett Wollum, who came around the bases off a wild pitch before scoring off a single by Tyler Kliegl, but Kliegl was stranded to end the at-bat. The Tornadoes managed to push a run over the plate in the bottom of the third inning off a single after a walk to make the score 3-2 in favor of the E’Hawks.

Emmetsburg would go down two outs in the top of the fourth, but got Nate Brown and Brett Wollum on base off singles, only to see the duo stranded. Storm Lake would get a leadoff triple and a base hit to score the tying run before Emmetsburg’s defense came to bear to stop the Tornadoes.

With the game tied at 3-3 to start the fifth, Emmetsburg went down in order. The Tornadoes came up and got a base hit and a fielders’ choice to put runners on. After a strikeout, the Tornadoes got a single and double to score three runs, before another single would score another two runs for an 8-3 lead when the inning ended.

The E’Hawks needed to make something happen in the sixth inning and they tried their hardest to do just that. Tyler Kliegl was put out to lead off, but Ethan Dykstra drew a walk and Tyler Schmeling also drew a walk. A strikeout of Bobby Mortenson gave the E’Hawks two outs, but Nate Brown drew a walk to load the sacks.

Brett wollum was put out as Dykstra scored, and an error on Taylor Morris’ at-bat allowed Schmeling to cross the plate. Ryan Wuebker drew a walk to load the sacks again, but Brown, Morris and Wuebker were stranded when Mitch Wagner struck out.

With an 8-5 advantage, Storm lake tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning off an error for a 10-5 advantage to start the seventh.

Emmetsburg would put Dykstra on base off a walk in the seventh and the E’Hawk first baseman came around to score off a double by Bobby Mortenson,but Mortenson and Tyler Schmeling were left waiting when the at-bat and the game ended.

Morris would take the loss on the hill, allowing 10 runs off nine hits, with six strikeouts and four walks.

For the E’Hawks, Morris had a triple, while Bobby Mortenson had a double. Brett Wollum had three singles, while Tyler Kliegl, Nate Brown and Ryan Wuebker all had base hits in the effort.

The E’Hawks travel to Manson tonight (Tuesday) and then return home on Wednesday to host Western Christian before hosting Spirit Lake in conference play on Friday night.