E’Hawks Outlast Midgets, Cougars In Thrillers
With the regular season starting to wind down, Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks seem to have found new energy. In back-to-back games, Emmetsburg earned a pair of big wins on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
Monday night the E’Hawks took an early lead and held on to score a 4-3 win over Lakes rival Estherville Lincoln Central, and on Tuesday, the E’Hawks rallied to score a game winning run in the seventh inning for an 8-7 win over Manson Northwest Webster.
The wins give Emmetsburg a 3-8 mark in the Lakes Conference and a 7-10 overall mark on the season.
Taking to the road in Estherville on Monday night, the E’Hawks came out swinging as they would plate a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. With one out, Tyler Kliegl came up with a base hit and an error put Taylor Morris on base. A sacrifice fly to left by Bobby Mortenson brother the two runners home before the E’Hawks were retired.
Morris took to the mound for Emmetsburg and tallied a pair of strikeouts before giving up a hit in the bottom of the inning, but got the third strikeout to end the inning with the 2-0 lead
After being retired in order in the second, Emmetsburg gave up a pair of hits in the bottom of the inning, but left ELC?looking for the plate to preserve the 2-0 advantage.
In the top of the third, the E’Hawks went down two outs, but once again, Tyler Kliegl got a base rap and Morris got on board off an error. The duo came home off a base rip by Mortenson, but the catcher was stranded when the E’Hawks were retired, now leading 4-0.
ELC would get one run back in their half of the third after a walk, but would strand a runner after an E’Hawk error.
The E’Hawks went down in order in the top of the fourth, but returned the favor to the Midgets in the bottom of the inning. However, Emmetsburg went up and down in order in the top of the fifth and settled in to play defense, clinging to a 4-1 lead.
The Midges would open with a pair of strikeouts, but an error in the outfield allowed ELC to send a runner to second base and on the next pitch, Keith Fandel would take the ball over the left center field fence for the two-run strike to make the score 4-3 before Morris could end the inning with a strikeout.
Emmetsburg got a walk in the top of the sixth, but left courtesy runner Ben Pelzer waiting at second when the at-bat ended. The Midgets tried to continue their rally, getting a base hit and two walks to load the bases, but a timely strikeout would end the inning and set up the seventh frame.
The top of the seventh saw Brady Berkland strike out before Austin Oppenheimer hit a fly ball to right. Pinch hitter Jake Carlson would strike out to end the opportunity and send the E’Hawks to the defense a final time.
ELC would get two hits after an opening putout, but Morris settled in and induced two strikeouts to allow Emmetsburg to escape with the win.
Morris would go the distance in the win, allowing three runs off seven hits and a pair of walks, but struck out 16 batters in the effort.
For Emmetsburg, Tyler Kliegl collected two hits, while Bobby Mortenson added a single to the effort.
The E’Hawks returned home on Tuesday night to host the Cougars of Manson Northwest Webster and had to rally in the bottom of the seventh to earn an 8-7 win over their guests.
Manson Northwest Webster would open the game by scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. An error, two base hits and a double would bring the Cougar runners home before the E’Hawk defense could make the stop.
However, the E’Hawks got one run back in the bottom of the inning, after going down two outs. Taylor Morris rapped out a double to center field, and came around to score on Bobby Mortenson’s two-bagger. Tyler Henderson cranked out a base hit, but courtesy runner Jake Carlson and Henderson were stranded when Andy Wuebker struck out.
The Cougars got another run in the top of the second inning off a base hit after a fielders’ choice stopped a run attempt by the Cougar’s Kyle Twait at home when Tyler Kliegl gunned a through to Mortenson at the plate to put Twait out.
Trailing 4-1, Emmetsburg came up in the bottom of the second and went to work. After a put out of Austin Oppenheimer, Bobby Gappa singled before Brady Berkland hit a flay ball to second for the second out. Ryan Kliegl walked and Tyler Kliegl rapped a single to score Gappa.
Taylor Morris stepped into the batters’ box and blasted a shot over the left field fence for a three-run homer to clear the bases and give Emmetsburg the lead. Bobby Mortenson then came up and on the first pitch, put a shot over the center field fence for a solo homer and 6-4 advantage. Tyler Henderson would walk, and Andy Wuebker would get a base hit, but the duo were stranded when Oppenheimer hit a fly ball to end the inning.
The Cougars would get a runner on base in the third off a walk, but had him thrown out at second on a steal attempt and Mortenson fired to second for the tag. An error put another runner on base, but left him stranded.
Emmetsburg got Gappa on base off an error in the bottom of the third, and a walk put Berkland on base before Tyler Kliegl rapped out an RBI?single to score Gappa for a 7-4 lead when the inning ended.
Manson Northwest Webster found an offensive spark in the top of the fourth, as the used an error, three base hits and a double to push three runs over the plate to tie the game up at 7-7. Emmetsburg would go down in order in their half of the inning. The two teams exchanged outs in the fifth inning and in the top of the sixth, the Cougars stranded a runner after a double. The E’Hawks also got a double from Ryan Kliegl in their half of the inning, but left the left fielder looking for a way home as the inning ended.
The Cougars would get a single in the top of the seventh, but would see a scoring try stopped when Wuebker sniffed out a steal attempt and wisely threw to Mortenson at home to get the runner to end the opportunity.
Emmetsburg led off the bottom of the seventh with a base hit from Tyler Henderson. Pinch runner Jake Carlson waited as Weubker hit a fly ball for the first out, but a single by Oppenheimer moved Carlson to third. Bobby Gappa stepped in and hit a single to center that fell just out of the grasp of the center fielder and allowed Carlson to come home for the tie-breaking run and 8-7 win.
Andy Wuebker would get the win on the hill for Emmetsburg, as he allowed seven runs off 11 hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Emmetsburg got a home run and a double each from Taylor Morris and Bobby Mortenson, while Tyler Kliegl, Tyler Henderson and Bobby Gappa all had two hits. Austin Oppenheimer added a hit to the E’Hawk effort.
After hosting Sheldon on Wednesday, the E’Hawks travel to Algona on Thursday to face Bishop Garrigan and then return home on Friday to host Spencer.