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E’Hawks Edged By Spirit Lake Indians

By Staff | Jun 4, 2009

IT’S?GONNA?BE?CLOSE - E’Hawk pitcher Taylor Morris prepares to tag Spirit Lake’s Ryan Jennings out at the plate after a passed ball during the fourth inning of the E’Hawks’ 3-2 loss to Spirit Lake on Tuesday night. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks struggled defensively in a 3-2 loss to Spirit Lake on Tuesday night. The loss drops Emmetsburg to 1-2 overall on the young season and 1-1 in Lakes Conference play as they continued action at Cherokee on Wednesday before returning home to face Okoboji on Thursday and traveling to LeMars on Friday.

The first inning saw Spirit Lake leave a baserunner stranded, and both teams left runners waiting for a ride home in the second inning.

In the third, Spirit Lake went down two outs, but got a runner on base after being hit by a pitch. The runner would score off a passed ball from a base hit, but the Indians would be stopped after the run.

Emmetsburg came up and got a base hit from Bobby Gappa, who would move to second, only to be left waiting when the inning ended.

With a 1-0 lead, the Indians got a pair of walks in the fourth, but lost both runners to put-outs by the E’Hawk defense. A third runner got on base off a fielders choice, but was stranded when E’Hawk pitcher Taylor Morris induced a strikeout to end the at-bat.

Emmetsburg opened the bottom of the fourth with Morris and teammate Bobby Mortenson both being hit by pitches from Spirit Lake hurler Ethan Carlson. Andy Wuebker stepped in and pounded out a base hit to load the bases before Brady Berkland smacked a shot to the fence in left center field for a standing double that would bring Morris and courtesy runner Ben Pelzer home.

However, the E’Hawks would be struck out in order to leave courtesy runner Derek Henkelvig and Berkland waiting, but the E’Hawks had retaken the lead with a 2-1 score.

The Indians went down two outs to start the fifth, but a trio of walks would turn into one run off a stolen base on a throwdown attempt to tie the score at 2-2.

The E’Hawks would get a leadoff walk from Ryan Kliegl before Tyler Kliegl struck out. But Taylor Morris came p and smacked a line drive right to the second baseman, who stepped on second for the force and threw to first to complete the double play to end the inning.

The Indians opened the sixth with a walk, which would come around to score off a suicide squeeze bunt. Morris would put two runners on base after hitting the batters and a walk would load the bags, but Morris would induce a strikeout to end the at-bat.

Emmetsburg would get nothing in the bottom of the sixth, as Mortenson, Wuebker and Berkland were struck out in order to set up the decision final inning.

With the one-run cushion, the Indians went down in order off a pair of pop-ups to catcher Bobby Mortenson and shortstop Tyler Kliegl, before Morris recorded his ninth strikeout to end the at-bat.

Now the E’Hawks tried to get something going for themselves. However, Austin Oppenheimer hit a fly ball to center before pinch hitter Jake Carlson and Bobby Gappa were struck out to end the game.

Taylor Morris went the distance, facing 32 batters in his seven innings of work, allowing three runs off just one hit, while walking nine batters and striking out nine.

The E’Hawks had three hits in the game, led by the two-RBI double of Brady Berkland. Andy Wuebker and Bobby Gappa both recorded singles in the effort for the E’Hawks.