E’Hawks Season Ends In Tournament Opener
Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks saw their post season come to a quick close Saturday night in the first round of Class 2A District tournament play, losing a 5-2 decision to Okoboji in a game played in Emmetsburg. However, the E’Hawks take a bit of satisfaction from the regular season as they defeated Estherville Lincoln Central last Wednesday night by a 13-2 tally to end the regular season with an 8-8 mark in the Lakes Conference and 16-11 overall mark.
On Wednesday, the E’Hawks closed the regular season by pounding Estherville Lincoln Central 13-2 in five innings of play. The Midgets plated a run in the top of the first, but Emmetsburg would counter with three runs of their own. Brett Wollum, Taylor Morris and Tyler Kliegl would cross the plate for the E’hawks, using a pair of singles and a passed ball to score the 3-1 lead.
ELC would tally another run in the top of the second, but the E’Hawk defense would put an end to that. As the E’Hawks came up to bat in the second, Langston Jones led off and got on base off an error. Taylor Morris got on base off a fielders choice, and Mitch Wagner got a base hit before a single by Tyler Kliegl scored Jones. An error brought Wollum home and Morris scored off a passed ball before Ethan Dykstra had a double to score Wagner and Kliegl for a 7-2 lead.
The Midgets went down in order in the third, and Emmetsburg added a pair of runs scored by Wollum and Morris put Emmetsburg up by a 9-2 tally.
ELC drew a walk in the fourth but got no more as the E’Hawk defense played tough baseball. In the bottom of the inning, Emmetsburg added four more runs, using four singles to get Tyler Schmeling, Langston Jones, Brett Wollum and Taylor Morris on base, and then using a double from Ryan Wuebker to score three of the runs for the 13-2 lead.
Estherville Lincoln Central had one final chance in the top of the fifth , and drew a walk, only to leave the runner stranded for the loss.
Taylor Morris earned the win on the hill for the E’Hawks, as he surrendered two runs off two hits, with three strikeouts and three walks.
For Emmetsburg, Ryan Wuebker had a pair of doubles and Ethan Dykstra had a double and single. Brett Wollum had three singles, while Langston Jones, Tyler Schmeling, Tyler Kliegl, Mitch Wagner and Taylor Morris all had base hits.
Moving into the first round of tournament play on Saturday, the E’Hawks were rematched with Okoboji, whom they lost an 11-1 decision to earlier in June. On Saturday, Okoboji struck first, plating three runs in the top of the first inning. The Pioneers used four singles to score their urns and an error to take a 3-0 lead before the E’Hawks could even come to bat.
Emmetsburg would go down in order against the Pioneers to leave the score a 3-0 to end the first frame.
Okoboji would get another run in the top of the second off a bizarre play, as Kevin James stole second base and started for third off a bunt by teammate Max Bergeson.
As Emmetsburg pitcher Ryan Wuebker charged the bunt, he slipped and fell. Third baseman Tyler Kliegl charged in, but fell over Wuebker. however, Kliegl managed to get off a throw to shortstop Taylor Morris, who was racing stride for stride with James towards third, but the throw drifted wide and James was able to race home on the passed ball for the score.
Okoboji would get another single before the E’Hawks shut the Pioneers down, but things looked grim for Emmetsburg.
The E’Hawks went down in order in the bottom of the second inning, but limited Okoboji to a pair of walks in the top of the third, without any scoring opportunity. Emmetsburg would get a single from Bobby Mortenson in the bottom of the third inning, but couldn’t bring him home, leaving the E’Hawks looking at a 4-0 deficit to start the fourth inning.
Okoboji went down in order to lead off the fourth, and Emmetsburg came up to bat with a spark of optimism after Mortenson’s single the inning before.
Taylor Morris led off with a single, and as Ryan Weubker came up to the plate, the senior pitcher was looking for a hit. Weubker found the pitch he liked from Ray Zalaboski and sent the ball over the left center field fence for the two-run home run shot.
With the score deficit cut to 4-2, the E’Hawks had a new spark of enthusiasm, but at he Pioneer defense would come to bear and retire the E’Hawks in order after the run to end the fourth inning.
Okoboji would lead off the top of the fifth with a double, and then scored the run off a sacrifice fly to make the score 5-2 when the at-bat ended.
The E’Hawks went down in order in the bottom of the inning, but Emmetsburg returned the favor to the Pioneers in the top of the sixth, getting a nice pick-off throw from Wuebker to Ethan Dykstra at first to erase a single from the Pioneers in the at-bat.
Emmetsburg would get a single from Taylor Morris in the bottom of the sixth but couldn’t convert the opportunity. OKoboji would get a single in the top of the seventh but no more, and Emmetsburg would get a walk for Tyler Schmeling in the seventh but left him stranded to end the contest.
Ryan Wuebker took the loss, allowing five runs off nine hits, four runs earned, with eight strikeouts and won walk in his seven innings of work.
For the E’Hawks, Wuebker had the two run homer, while Taylor Morris had two base hits and Bobby Mortenson had a base hit to end the season.