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Boys Of Summer Fall In Final Road Games Of Season

By Staff | Jul 3, 2008

ROCK AND FIRE - Emmetsburg’s Tyler Clasing fires off a pitch during the E’Hawk Freshman game with Cherokee on Tuesday. Emmetsurg’s varsity E’Hawks will open the post-season this Saturday night at 7 p.m. when they host Okoboji in Class 2A District Baseball tournament play at Emmetsburg High School.--Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks made their final two road games of the season Monday and Tuesday nights, but came up with a pair of losses in the efforts. The E’Hawks slipped under .500, going to 7-8 in the Lakes Conference, and 15-11 overall on the season.

Traveling to Cherokee on Monday night to take on the league leading Braves, Emmetsburg got off to a good start after a scoreless first inning. With Ryan Wuebker on the hill, the E’Hawks played good defense in the first inning after being retired in order in the top of the frame.

Emmetsburg led off the top of the second with a put out of Mitch Wagner, but a single by Tyler Kliegl was followed by a pair of hits from Ethan Dykstra and Tyler Schmeling to load the bases. After Bobby Mortenson hit a line shot to right field for the second out, Langston Jones belted a double that scored his three teammates before a strikeout of Brett Wollum ended the at-bat.

Cherokee would answer with a run of their own in the bottom of the second, but again, Emmetsburg’s defense made the stops to claim a 3-1 lead at the end of the inning.

The E’Hawks would open the third going down two quick outs, but came back with a double by Wagner, that was followed by a pair of singles by Kliegl and Dykstra that allowed Wagner to score a run. However, Kliegl and Dykstra would be stranded to end the at-bat with a 4-1 lead.

Cherokee would fight back, managing to score two runs before the E’Hawks could bring the defense to bear and escape with a 4-3 lead to end the inning. Emmetsburg would strand Jones after a double play in the top of the fourth, but the Braves would go down in order as well.

The E’Hawks went down in order in the top of the fifth inning, while Cherokee stranded a runner as Emmetsburg clung to the one-run lead.

Once again, Emmetsburg would strand a runner in the sixth, but Cherokee would erupt for three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning using an error and a single to score the runs.

Now trailing 6-4 in the top of the seventh, Emmetsburg went down in order after the Cherokee rally.

Ryan Wuebker was charged with the loss, as he surrendered three runs off two hits in four innings of work, with two strikeouts and one walk. Tyler Kliegl would relieve for the final two innings, giving up three runs off one hit with one strikeout and four walks.

For the E’Hawks, Langston JOnes and Mitch Wagner both had doubles, while Tyler Schmeling and Kliegl both had two hits. Brett Wollum, and Ethan Dykstra both added base hits.

Tuesday night the E’Hawks journeyed to LeMars, where they came up short in an 11-4 loss.

The E’Hawks would open with a pair of quick runs in the top of the first inning.

Brett Wollum got on off a base hit, but was put out as Taylor Morris got on with a fielders’ choice. Morris would come around after a putout of Ryan Wuebker, and Mitch Wagner drew a walk. Tyler Kliegl was hit by a pitch to load the sacks and a single by Ethan Dykstra scored Morris and Wagner before Tyler Schmeling was struck out to end the at-bat.

LeMars would respond in the bottom of the first by pushing seven runs over the plate off a pair of singles and three doubles, along with two walks and an error.

Trailing 7-2, the E’Hawks went down in order in the second while the Bulldogs stranded a runner in their half of the inning.

Emmetsburg would lead off the top of the third with a single by Morris before a fly ball out by Wuebker. Mitch Wagner hit a single and after a fly out by Kliegl, a base hit by Dykstra would score the two runners to cut the gap to 7-4 when the at-bat ended. LeMars would strand a runner in their half of the third, leaving the score at 7-4.

Emmetsburg went down in order in the fourth, while LeMars would added three runs in their half of the inning, using a single, walk, double and an error to tally the scores.

Now trailing 10-4, the E’Hawks would strand Ethan Dykstra on base in the fifth, but the Bulldogs suffered a similar fate in their half of the inning.

Emmetsburg started the sixth with a single by Schmeling and a walk by Bobby Mortenson, but Schmeling would be put out on a fielders’ choice on Langston Jones’ at-bat. With one away, Brett wollum hit a fly ball to left and Morris grounded out to leave the two E’Hawks stranded.

LeMars would lead off the bottom of the sixth with three base hits that scored one run for an 11-4 lead to end the frame.

The E’Hawks would go down by two outs to start the seventh, but Kliegl drew a walk but was stranded when Dykstra hit a fly ball to end the game.

Brett Wollum took the loss, allowing 11 runs off nine hits, with one struck out and four walks.

Emmetsburg got a pair of hits from Ethan Dykstra, while Brett Wollum, Taylor Morris, Mitch Wagner, Tyler Kliegl,and Tyler Schmeling all came up with singles.

The E’Hawks will start tournament play Saturday at 7 p.m., hosting Okoboji.