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E’Hawks Get Back On Winning Track

By Staff | Jul 1, 2008

SLIDE MITCH, SLIDE! - Emmetsburg’s Mitch Wagner just beat out a throw from left field to third base as he stole third in action against Spirit Lake Friday night. The E’Hawks claimed an 11-4 win over the Indians to improve their Lakes Conference mark to 7-6.--Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks got their program back on a wining track with a trio of wins last week. Coach Mike Brennan’s ballclub defeated Manson Northwest Webster on Tuesday night, and then came back to tally a pair of Lakes Conference victories over Western Christian and Spirit Lake in games played Wednesday and Friday night.

The league wins bring Emmetsburg back over .500 at 7-6 and 15-9 overall.

On Tuesday, the E’Hawks ventured out of the league to play at Manson, where they claimed a 4-2 win over the Cougars.

Emmetsburg took an early 2-0 lead on Tuesday, using runs from Ryan Wuebker and Mitch Wagner and a double by Tyler Kliegl to post the lead.

Emmetsburg would play outstanding defense through the first three innings, allowing the Cougars just three baserunners. In the top of the fourth inning, the E’Hawks added two more runs, as Taylor Morris and Bobby Mortenson would score run for a 4-0 lead.

Manson would finally break their goose-egg in the bottom of the sixth inning, using a pair of singles, an error and a walk to bring the runs home, but it was too little too late.

Brett Wollum picked up the win on the hill for the E’Hawks, has he allowed just two run of two hits, with four strikeouts and two walks.

The E’Hawks got a double from Tyler Kliegl, and two hits from Ryan Wuebker, and Bobby Mortenson while Taylor Morris, Mitch Wagner, Ethan Dykstra, Tyler Schmeling and Nate Brown all added base hits.

On Wednesday the E’Hawks returned home to host the Wolfpack of Western Christian. Emmetsburg was the less-than-genial host, as they erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on their way to an 18-7 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Emmetsburg two a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second off a two-run homer by Bobby Mortenson that scored Tyler Schmeling as well.

Western would hit big in the third, scoring five runs off four singles and a fielders choice before a three run homer gave the Wolfpack the 5-2 lead. Emmetsburg responded in the bottom of the frame, as Taylor Morris led off with a solo homer and was followed home by Ryan Wuebker and Mitch Wagner, before Tyler Schmeling came over the plate to make the score 6-5 to start the fourth inning.

After shutting Western out in the fourth, Emmetsburg tacked on two more runs from Wuekber and Wagner for an 8-5 lead. Western was denied again in the fifth and the E’Hawks tacked on two more runs, as Brett Wollum and Wagner came across the plate once again.

Trailing 10-2 to start the sixth, Western managed to push two runs over the plate off a two-run homer, but that would be all as Emmetsburg came up to bat. Boobby Mortenson and Langston Jones were both put out to lead off, but from the top of the order, every E’Hawk went around the base paths with two away. Brett Wollum scored off a double by Ryan Wuebker after Taylor Morris walked, and Morris and Wuebker came home off a double by Wagner. A double by Kliegl scored Wagner, before Ethan Dykstra and Tyler Schmeling walked to fill the bases. Bobby Mortenson came up for the second time and cranked a Grand Slam over the fence to clear the diamond and end the game with the 18-7 score.

Ryan Wuebker got the win, giving up seven runs off seven hits with one strikeout and one walk.

Emmetsburg got the Grand Slam and two run homers from Mortenson, while Morris added a home run shot. Wuebker had a double and single, while Kliegl and Dykstra both had two hits and Brown added a base hit.

On Friday, the E’Hawks claimed an 11-4 2win over Spirit Lake.

The Indians took an early 2-0 lead, but the E’Hawks answered with three runs from Morris, Wagner and Kliegl off a three run homer by Kliegl. The two teams traded outs in the second, with the E’Hawks getting a double play. In the third, Spirit Lake tacked on two more runs, but the E’Hawks were denied to trail 4-3. The E’Hawks also had a scary moment in the third when second baseman Nate Brown was struck in the back of the head by a throw by teammate Mitch Wagner. Brown was assisted from the field and left the game to be checked over, with Langston Jones coming in to take over duties at second base.

Emmetsburg would tie the game up in the bottom of the fourth inning when Bobby Mortenson hit a solo home run to even things up.

After denying the Indians in the fifth, the E’Hawks retook the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning. A fielders choice put Taylor Morris on base, and a single by Ryan Wuebker would help bring both around the diamond before scoring off a single by Tyler Kliegl and a wild pitch.

The Indians were put out in order with a double play in the sixth, and Emmetsburg put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth.

Tyler Schmeling led off with a single, and scored when Bobby Mortenson hit a two run homer. Langston Jones struck out, but Brett Wollum would come up with an in the park home run when the outfielders’ lost his shot to left field in the twilight.

A double by Morris was followed by a strikeout of Wuebker, but Wagner punched out a single to score Morris, and Wagner would score off a double by Tyler Kliegl. Kliegl would be left waiting when Ethan Dykstra was put out at first.

The Indians got two runners on base but left them stranded to end the contest.

Taylor Morris got the win on the mound, giving up four runs off nine hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

Bobby Mortenson had the hot bat with two home runs, , while Tyler Kliegl had a homer, double and single. Brett Wollum added home run, while Ryan Wuebker had two hits. Mitch Wagner had two hits and Tyler Schmeling rounded out the action with a hit.

After traveling to Cherokee Monday, the E’Hawks go to LeMars tonight (Tuesday), then host Estherville Lincoln Central on Wednesday.