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Play On The Road Is Unkind To E’Hawks

By Staff | Jun 25, 2009

GOTCHA! - Emmetsburg second baseman Austin Oppenheimer waits fors Spirit Lake’s T.J. Johnson to slide into second for the tag on a steal attempt in the sixth inning of play Monday evening. Shortstop Jake Jackson, left, backs the play up but the E’Hawks came up on the wrong side of a 12-5 loss to the Spirit Lake Indians. -- Dan Voigt photo

SPIRIT?LAKE – A rough inning spelled doom for the Emmetsburg E’Hawks on Monday night in a 12-5 loss on the road at Spirit Lake. The E’Hawks slip to 2-6 in the Lakes chase and 5-8 overall on the season after their game with Harris-Lake Park, slated for Tuesday, was cancelled.

The E’Hawks opened Monday’s game with a quick out by Ryan Kliegl, but Tyler Kliegl came up with a base hit and worked around the basepaths before scoring on a fielders’ choice of Andy Wuebker’s at bat. Emmetsburg would strand Bobby Mortenson’s courtesy runner, Ben Pelzer, and Wuebker when the at-bat ended with the 1-0 lead.

After stranding a Spirit Lake runner in the bottom of the first, the E’Hawks would be struck out in order in the top of the second. The Indians came up and proceeded to push six runs over the plate in their half of the inning, without collecting a single hit in the inning. Three batters were hit by pitches, along with an error , a walk and a fielders’ choice to put the runners on base.

Now trailing 6-1, the E’Hawks came back in the top of the third after Ryan Kliegl struck out to lead off the inning. Tyler Kliegl rapped out a single, and after a fly ball by Taylor Morris for the second out, Bobby Mortenson drew a walk. After a single by Wuebker scored Kliegl, a passed ball allowed Pelzer and Wuebker to advance before Tyler Henderson blasted a double to score the duo before Brady Berkland was struck out to end the at bat.

Spirit Lake went down in order in the bottom of the third off a double play by shortstop Jake Jackson to Wuebker at first and Wuebker to Austin Oppenheimer at second, and catcher Bobby Mortenson threw to Oppenheimer at second on a steal attempt after a single to retire the side.

Trailing 6-4 to start the fourth, the E’Hawks left Ryan Kliegl stranded in their at-bat. Spirit Lake would send seven batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth, getting a pair of hits, a walk and a hit batter to score three runs and increase their lead to 9-4.

Emmetsburg went down in order in the fifth and the Indians pushed three more runs over the plated off two singles, a double and a triple for a 12-4 lead at the end of five innings.

The E’Hawks went down in order again in the sixth, but the defense held firm and shut down the Indians to set up the final at-bat in the top of the seventh. Jake Jackson was put out to lead off, but Ryan Kliegl hit a single and worked his way around the bases off a fielders’ choice on Tyler Kliegl’s at-bat. Taylor Morris was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Bobby Mortenson hit a fly ball to center for the second out, allowing Ryan Kliegl to score his run, but Morris was cut down at second to end the game.

Morris would take the loss on the hill for the E’Hawks, going the distance in allowing 12 runs off nine hits, with 10 strikeouts and three walks.

For the E’Hawks, Tyler Henderson had a double, while Tyler Kliegl had two singles. Ryan Kliegl, Bobby Mortenson and, Andy Wuebker and Jake Jackson all added hits in the effort.

The E’Hawks were slated to host Cherokee on Wednesday, weather permitting, and LeMars on Thursday night before traveling to Estherville Lincoln Central on Monday, June 29.