E’Hawks Down Pocahontas To Get Back On Winning Track
Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks had a tough 7-2 loss to deal with on Monday night against Estherville Lincoln Central, but bounced back to rally for an 8-6 win over Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer on Tuesday. The split gives the E’Hawks a 1-4 mark in the Lakes Conference race and 2-6 overall mark on the season.
In Monday’s game, the two teams traded outs in the first inning, even thought the E’Hawks got a leadoff walk from Ryan Kliegl in their half of the first, only to see him stranded when the inning ended.
Estherville Lincoln Central would find their offense in the top of the second, as they used a double and a pair of singles, along with four walks to push four walks over the plate.
The E’Hawks got a pair of walks for Andy Wuebker and Tyler Henderson, only to leave the duo stranded.
The Midgets would ted a pair of singles in the top of the third but no more, while the E’Hawks duplicated the effort in their half of the inning.
ELC?got a single in the fourth, but the runner was picked off by E’Hawk hurler Taylor Morris on a throw to Wuebker at first.
The E’Hawks put Tyler Henderson on base in the bottom of the fourth, but left him waiting for a way home when the inning ended.
The Midgets went down two outs to start the fifth, but got three singles and an E’Hawk error that would score one more run for a 5-0 advantaged.
Emmetsburg broke the goose-egg on their side of the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth when Tyler Kliegl led off with a base rap. A double by Taylor Morris would score Kliegl, but Morris would be joined on base by Brady Berkland off a walk before Berkland was put out on a fielders’ choice on Andy Wuebker’s at-bat. Austin Oppenheimer drew a walk to load the sacks, but the E’Hawks were retired for a 5-1 score.
ELC would get a single and use two errors to push two more runs over the plate in the top of the sixth for a 7-0 lead. Emmetsburg would go down in order to set up the seventh inning.
The Midgets got a runner on but couldn’t do anything, while Emmetsburg opened with a single by Morris. Bobby Mortenson got on base off a dropped third strike and a single by Wuebker would score Morris for the 7-2 final score.
Taylor Morris took the loss, giving up five runs off nine hits, with five strikeouts and four walks in five innings of work. Tyler Kliegl relieved in the final two frames and surrendered two runs with one hit and one strikeout.
Emmetsburg got a double and three hits from Morris, while Tyler Kliegl had two hits and Andy Wuebker added a base rap.
Tuesday turned into a come-from-behind contest for the E’Hawks at Pocahontas.
Taylor Morris got a triple in the first inning but was stranded, but the E’Hawks retired Pocahontas Area’s Indians in order to end the first.
In the second, Brady Berkland would stroke a double and came around to score off a single by Tyler Henderson and a sacrifice fly by Austin Oppenheimer for a 1-0 lead.
The Indians would answer in the bottom of the inning, getting two runs over the plate before the E’Hawks made the defensive stop.
Trailing 2-1 , Emmetsburg would struggle in the third, getting a base hit by Tyler Kliegl, but leaving the senior waiting at second. The Indians would strand two runners off an error and a base hit to leave the score at 2-1.
Emmetsburg would strike again in the fourth, as with two outs, Tyler Henderson cranked a double to the center field fence. An error on Oppenheimer’s at-bat would allow Henderson to score the tying run before Oppenheimer was thrown out on a steal attempt at second.
Pocahontas Area would put two men of base in the bottom of the fourth, but left them waiting as the score remained knotted at 2-2.
Tyler Kliegl would smash a triple in the fifth, but was left at third when the at-bat ended. The Indians would get a walk before pitcher Tom Brinkman hoisted one out of the park for a two-run homer to retake a 4-2 lead over the E’Hawks.
The E’Hawks answered in the top of the sixth, however, as Bobby Mortenson led off with a double. A single by Andy Wuebker would be followed by a base rap from Brady Berkland to score Mortenson’s courtesy runner, Ben Pelzer.
Tyler Henderson would then take a pitch from Brinkman over the left field fence for a three-run home run to give the Emmetsburg squad a 6-4 lead when the at-bat ended.
But Pocahontas Area wasn’t through just yet.
A walk and a triple would turn into a pair of runs after a single to tie the game back up at 6-6 to start the seventh.
With one out, Morris duplicated Henderson’s shot for a solo homer and 7-6 lead.
A pitching change ensued but Mortenson duplicated Morris effort with a solo dinger for an 8-6 lead.
Andy Wuebker would hit a single but was left waiting. The E’Hawks put the defense on and surrendered a walk and a fielders’ choice before shutting down the Indians for the win.
Andy Wuebker got the win, going six innings and allowing six runs off four hits, with four walks and four strikeouts. Tyler Kliegl relieved in the seventh and allowed one walk.
Emmetsburg got a home run, double and single from Tyler Henderson, while Taylor Morris had a homer and triple. Bobby Mortensen had a homer and double, while Tyler Kliegl had a triple and single and Brady Berkland had a had a double and single. Andy Wuebker had two hits, while Austin Oppenheimer added a base hit.