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E’Hawks Down Sheldon, Win Own Tourney

By Staff | Jun 16, 2009

I?GOT?IT! - E’Hawk Taylor Morris settles under a popup as teammate Tyler Kliegl backs up the play during action at Saturday’s Emmetsburg Invitational. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks picked up their fourth win of the week by capturing their own tournament title on Saturday, after earning a satisfying Lakes Conference win over Sheldon on Wednesday. The E’Hawks’ game with Spencer was postponed to July 7, due to rain on Friday night.

Emmetsburg moves to 5-6 overall and 2-4 in the Lakes Conference after the week’s action.

Wednesday at Sheldon, the E’Hawks got solid pitching from Tyler Kliegl and good hitting, including three home runs, to tally a 10-4 victory over the Orabs.

Emmetsburg would take the early lead and never relinquished the advantage, as they pushed three home runs over the plate in the first inning. Tyler Kliegl and Taylor Morris would plate runs after Bobby Mortenson lifted a three-run homer over the fence for the E’Hawks with one out.

That lead would hold to the top of the fourth, when the E’Hawks added five runs to their coffers.

With two outs, Austin Oppenheimer got on off a base hit and scored off Jake Jackson’s double. An error on Ryan Kliegl’s at-bat brought Jackson home, and error on Tyler Kliegl’s opportunity brought his brother across the plate.

Taylor Morris would then step up and smash a two-run shot over the fence for the 8-0 advantage when the at-bat ended.

Sheldon would counter with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, but Emmetsburg countered in the top of the seventh with two more scores.

A leadoff homer by Bobby Mortenson sealed the Orabs’ fate, and a double by Brady Berkland would turn into the final score after an error and a single by Oppenheimer. Sheldon would push a run over the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but it was too little, too late.

Tyler Kliegl earned the win, going the distance and recording 11 strikeouts and issuing one walk, and allowing six hits and four runs, one of which was earned.

For the E’Hawks, Bobby Mortenson had two home runs, while Taylor Morris added a home run shot. Jake Jackson and Brady Berkland both added doubles, while Austin Oppenheimer and Tyler Kliegl both had two hits and Tyler Henderson added a base hit.

After their conference matchup with Spencer was postponed on Friday, the E’Hawks hosted their own tourney under perfect conditions on Saturday. In the first game, Emmetsburg defeated Armstrong-Ringsted by a 9-0 tally and then defeated Westwood of Sloan by an 11-3 margin.

Against Armstrong-Ringsted, the E’Hawks opened with a solo homer from Tyler Kliegl in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. AR?went down in order against Taylor Morris in the first, but the E’Hawks couldn’t make any noise in the second frame. Morris retired the Mustangs in order himself in the second and in the third, the E’Hawks made a little noise again.

After a put out, Ryan Kliegl was walked and came around to score after a single by Morris with two outs. Bobby Mortenson added a single as Morris would score, but the E’Hawks left the bases loaded when Tyler Henderson and Brady Berkland were walked when the at-bat ended.

The Mustangs went down quickly in the third and in the fourth, Emmetsburg resumed the attack. Witha 3-0 lead, Jake Jackson was hit by a pitch and came around to score along with Ryan Kliegl after a single by Taylor Morris before the opportunity ended when Morris was put out. AR?went down in order again to end the fourth frame.

A single by Mortenson led off the fifth inning and a single by Berkland scored Mortenson’s courtesy runner, Ben Pelzer. Berkland would come around off a an error on Jacob Carlson’s at bat, but the bases were left loaded when the at-bat ended on Ryan Kliegl’s put out.

The Mustangs got their first hit of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, but left the runner waiting at second.

Leading 8-0 to start the sixth, the E’Hawks got a double from Morris with one out. Morris would score off a base hit by Mortenson before he E’Hawks were retired. AR would go down in order again and in the seventh, the E’Hawks left Jackson and Carlson on base without bringing them home, but the Mustangs would lead two runners of their own on base when the final inning ended.

Taylor Morris would get the win, going five innings and striking out 12 with just one hit, while ?Austin Oppenheimer relieved for the save, going the final two inning and surrendering one hit with a strikeout.

Tyler Kliegl had a home run, while Morris added a double and two singles. Bobby Mortenson had two base hits, while Brady Berkland and Jake Jackson both added singles to the effort.

For the final game of the tourney, the E’Hawks handed Westwood’s Eagles an 11-3 defeat.

Andy Wuebker went the distance on the mound for the E’Hawks, giving up just a pair of hits in the contest, as the E’Hawk defense stepped up and made several key stops.

After retiring Westwood in order in the first, the E’Hawks left a runner on base in their half of the first. Westwood went down in order in the top of the second, but Emmetsburg had other plans for their at-bat.

Wuebker would lead off with a single and came around off a single from Tyler Henderson and an error on Brady Berkland’s at-bat. Austin Oppenheimer got on base off an error before Jake Jackson and Ryan Kliegl struck out, but the trio were stranded went Tyler Kliegl hit into a put out at first.

Westwood went down in order in the top of the third and Emmetsburg led off with a single from Morris and a double by Mortenson. The pair would score their run and a single from?Henderson would become a run after a sacrifice by Oppenheimer and a single from Jackson for a 4-0 lead at the end of the inning.

The Eagles got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth, pushing two runs over off a two-run homer, but no more in the inning. Emmetsburg countered with a two runs of their own, as Mortenson and Wuebker would both score off a two run-single by Brady Berkland for a 6-2 advantage after four complete innings.

Westwood was retired in order in the fifth, but Emmetsburg put the game out of reach with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Jake Jackson, Ryan Kliegl, Tyler Kliegl and Andy Wuebker all crossed the plate off a series of singles and walks for a 10-3 advantage.

The visitors plated one run in the top of the sixth, but Emmetsburg would also add a final run off a double from Taylor Morris that scored off Andy Wuebker’s single.

Westwood would get a final chance in the top of the seventh, but stranded two runners when the game ended on a double play by the E’Hawks.

Wuebker earned the win, striking out four batters and allowing just two hits and three runs in the win for the E’Hawks.

Bobby Mortenson had a double and two singles, while Taylor Morris added a double and a single. Ryan Kliegl, Tyler Henderson and Jake Jackson all had two hits, while Austin Oppenheimer, Brady Berkland and Tyler Kliegl all had singles.

After Monday’s game with Storm Lake was postponed due to rain, the E’Hawks were scheduled to host Harris-Lake Park on Tuesday and then travel to Hull on Thursday for a conference game with Western Christian.