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Grand Slam Not Enough For E’Hawks

By Staff | Jun 9, 2009

TRYING?FOR?THE?TAG - Emmetsburg third baseman Jake Jackson tries to tag Okoboji’s Blake Kliegl out on a steal attempt during Thursday’s 8-6 loss to the Pioneers. The loss dropped the E’Hawks to 1-4 overall on the season. -- Dan Voigt photo

A Grand Slam in the bottom of the seventh inning helped the cause, but it wasn’t enough as Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks lost an 8-6 contest to Okoboji Thursday night. The loss dropped Emmetsburg to 1-4 overall on the season.

Okoboji would draw first blood with a run in the top of the second and added another score in the third for a 2-0 lead before tacking on a pair of scores in the fourth inning on Thursday night. With Andy Wuebker on the mound, the E’Hawk defense mace up with a big stop defensively in the fifth inning after the Pioneers threatened to score with the bases loaded, as Wuebker would throw back to catcher Bobby Mortenson at the plate for the decisive third out to end the at-bat with two men on base.

The E’Hawks would make a little noise of their own in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases, only to leave Wuebker, Austin Oppenheimer and Bobby Gappa waiting on base when the inning ended.

Okoboji would come out swinging in the top of the sixth, and plated four runs off four singles and an error to jump out to an 8-0 lead.

But, Emmetsburg refused to concede anything.

Tyler Kliegl led off with a single and would be put out at second on a fielders’ choice, but Taylor Morris and Bobby Mortenson would both get on base. Morris and courtesy runner Ben Pelzer would come around to scored off a fielder’s choice on Andy Wuebker’s at-bat, cutting the deficit to 8-2 to start the seventh inning.

Okoboji when down two outs to start, but got a pair of base hits, only to leave the runners stranded on a put out.

Now it was Emmetsburg’s turn for a rally. A pair of strikeouts opened the bottom of the seventh for the E’Hawks, but Ryan Kliegl drew a walk and moved to third off a pair of passed balls.

A pitching change brought Kevin James to the mound, only to see him issue two walks to load the bases. Another pitching change ensued for the Pioneers, as Ray Zalaboski came to the mound to face Bobby Mortenson. Mortenson took Zalaboski’s first offering and lifted it over the left center field fence for the first E’Hawk Grand Slam of the season, making the score 8-6.

But with the bases empty, Andy Wuebker was put out at first to end the rally with the disappointing loss.

Wuebker would take the loss, going all seven innings and surrendering eight runs off 14 hits, with one strikeout and a pair of walks.

Emmetsburg got the Grand Slam from Bobby Mortenson, along with a single from Tyler Kliegl for their only hits in the contest.