E’Hawks Struggle In Pair Of Conference Losses
Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks lost a pair of hard-fought games in Lakes Conference action to end last week with a mark of 5-10 overall and 2-8 in the league. On Wednesday, Cherokee claimed a 16-5 win over the E’Hawks and on Thursday, Emmetsburg came up short in a 6-4 loss to LeMars.
Cherokee took an early 6-0 lead over the E’Hawks in their first trip to the plate. The league-leading Braves got three singles and a pair of doubles, along with help of a pair of errors and a walk to do their damage in the top of the first against E’Hawk starter Andy Wuebker.
When Emmetsburg finally came up to bat, the E’Hawks got Ryan Kliegl on base after being hit. Kliegl would come around to score off a single and a sacrifice by Taylor Morris to end the first trailing 6-1.
The Braves would add another six runs to their tally in the top of the second inning, this time using a pair of singles, a pair of doubles and a three-run homer along with three walks to run away from the E’Hawks. In their half of the inning, Emmetsburg got Austin Oppenheimer on base off a fielders’ choice after a single by Tyler Henderson, but Henderson was put out and Oppenheimer was stranded to end the inning.
Cherokee’s bats cooled in the top of the third inning, as a pair of singles were the only hits recorded in the at-bat. However, the two hits turned into runs off some good, aggressive baserunning by the Braves to push their lead to a 14-1 margin as the E’Hawks came up to bat in the bottom of the third.
Ryan Kliegl led off the bottom of the third being hit by a pitch for the second time in the game. Tyler Kliegl was able to knock out a base hit and Taylor Morris got on board off a fielders’ choice to load the bases.
Bobby Mortenson would rap out a single to score Ryan Kliegl and Andy Wuebker would get a fielders’ choice that allowed Tyler Kliegl to score before a base hit by Tyler Henderson brought both Morris and Mortenson over the plate. A walk put Brady Berkland on base with Wuebker and Henderson, but the trio would be left waiting when Oppenheimer and Jake Jackson struck out to end the inning.
The Braves added one run in the top of the fourth inning to take a 15-5 lead over the E’Hawks, but Emmetsburg went down in order to close the inning. Cheorkee would added one more run in the top of the fifth inning with two outs, but left two runners waiting on base when their at-bat ended. Emmetsburg would put Tyler Henderson on base off a fielders’ choice in the bottom of the fifth, but couldn’t bring him home as the game ended with the 10-run rule.
Andy Wuebker was charged with the loss, going three innings and giving up six earned runs, with nine hits and one strikeout. Tyler Kliegl relieved for one and a third innings and allowed one earned run, with one hit, while Austin Oppenheimer finished out the game, allowing an earned run with one strikeout and a hit in his two-thirds of an inning.
For the E’Hawks, Tyler Kliegl and Tyler Henderson both had two hits, while Bobby Mortenson added a hit.
The next evening, Emmetsburg entertained LeMars and battled the Bulldogs tough, only to see a late rally by LeMars result in a 6-4 loss for the E’Hawks.
The two teams traded batters and outs in the first inning. After retiring LeMars in order in the second, the E’Hawks put Brady Berkland on base in the second off a walk, and followed that up with a single by Austin Oppenheimer, only to have Berkland thrown out at third on a fielders’ choice of Jake Carlson’s at bat. A strikeout of Jake Jackson would end the inning with Oppenheimer and Carlson waiting for a way home.
LeMars would strand a runner in the third, but Emmetsburg would push a run over the plate for a 1-0 lead in their half of the inning. After going down two outs, Taylor Morris got on base off an error and came around off a single by Tyler Henderson and an error on Andy Wuekber’s at bat to score. Brady Berkland would draw a walk to load the bases, but once again the E’Hawks left the runners looking for a way home.
LeMars answered the E’Hawks in the top of the fourth by pushing three runs over the plate, using a double and a pair of base hits to do the damage. Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the inning, Emmetsburg was retired in order to end the fourth.
LeMars added a run in the top of the fifth after a solo home run shot, but would get no more in the inning. Now trailing 4-1, Emmetsburg came out swinging.
Tyler Kliegl led off with a double and advanced off Taylor Morris’ base rip. An error on Tyler Henderson’s at bat scored Kliegl, and Morris came home off a single by Andy Wuebker. Brady Berkland drew a walk to load the bases before Austin Oppenheimer walked to bring Henderson over the plate. However, the e’Hawks would see Wuebker’s courtesy runner, Ben Pelzer, put out on a fielders’ choice of Jake Carlson’s at bat, and the remaining E’Hawks were stranded when Jake Jackson struck out.
With the score tied at 4-4, LeMars was retired in order in the top of the sixth. Emmetsburg would get a walk from Ryan Kliegl and Taylor Morris joined Kliegl on base off a fielders’ choice with one out. But, a put out took Henderson out and a fly ball to center field ended the inning.
In the top of the seventh, LeMars led off with a strikeout, but then came up with two base hits and an error that would allow two runs to score for a 6-4 lead.
Emmetsburg got a leadoff walk from Berkland, but he was left waiting at second when the remaining E’Hawks were retired in order to end the game.
Tyler Kliegl took the loss on the hill for Emmetsburg, surrendering six runs, three earned, with nine strikeouts and nine hits in the loss. Emmetsburg got a pair of doubles from Tyler Henderson and doubles from Tyler Kliegl and a double and single from Taylor Morris, as ell as singles from Andy Wuebker and Austin Oppenheimer.
Emmetsburg faced Estherville Lincoln Central on Monday night and returned home to host Manson Northwest Webster Tuesday night, before playing host to Sheldon on Wednesday night.