E’Hawks Fall At Cherokee
Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks put up a good fight on Wednesday night but came up short in a 6-3 loss to Cherokee. The loss drops the E’Hawks to 1-3 mark overall and 1-2 in the Lakes Conference.
The E’Hawks struggled to get their offense going, as they were retired in order in the first inning. The host Braves would push a pair of runs over the plate in the bottom of the first for a 2-0 lead at the end of the inning.
Emmetsburg got runners on the bases in the second, but left two men stranded when the at-bat ended. Cherokee would go scoreless in their half of the inning, and the E’Hawks would leave a runner stranded in the third inning once again. The Braves added a run in the bottom of the third to take a 3-0 lead to start the fourth frame.
Emmetsburg found its bats in the top of the fourth, as Bobby Mortenson led off with a single and went to third off a pair of wild pitches. A double by Andy Wuebker would bring Mortenson home and courtesy runner Derek Henkelvig would come home to score when Austin Oppenheimer belted out a base hit with two outs to narrow the deficit to 3-2.
The E’Hawk defense shut Cherokee down in the fourth, but after leaving the bases juiced in the fifth, Emmetsburg gave up a pair of runs to the Braves in the bottom of the fifth.
Now trailing 5-2, Emmetsburg got a single from Ryan Kliegl in the sixth frame. Kliegl would advance and score off base hits by Tyler Kliegl and Taylor Morris, but Tyler Kliegl would be thrown out at home to end the at-bat for the E’Hawks.
The Braves pushed one final run over the plate in the bottom of the sixth and retired the E’Hawks in order in the top of the seventh to end the contest in the 6-3 final.
Tyler Kliegl took the loss on the hill, giving up six runs off four hits with five strikeouts and six walks.
For the E’Hawks, Bobby Mortenson and Andy Wuebker both had doubles, while Mortenson and Austin Oppenheimer each had two base hits as well. Ryan Kliegl, Tyler Kliegl and Taylor Morris all added singles to the effort.