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E’Hawks Close Week With Win Over Tigers

By Staff | Jul 7, 2009

WHO’S?GOT?IT? - Things got a little crowded on this fly ball play, as center fielder Ryan Kliegl, left, almost collides with left fielder Brady Berkland, partially hitten, as shortstop Tyler Kliegl, right, watches the play unfold. No catch was made, but the E’Hawks ended up with an 8-3 win over the Spencer Tigers Friday evening in Lakes Conference baseball action. -- Dan Voigt photo

A tough week of games saw Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks earn an 8-3 win over the Spencer Tigers on Friday. That win came after a pair of hard losses to Sheldon by an 11-1 tally on Wednesday and a 15-5 loss to Bishop Garrigan on Thursday night. Emmetsburg moves to 3-9 in Lakes Conference play and 7-12 overall with less than a week remaining in the regular season.

With back-to-back losses coming into Friday’s matchup with the Tigers, Emmetsburg needed a good game to bounce back for the final push to the tournament series. With Taylor Morris on the mound, Emmetsburg spotted the tigers a run in the opening frame on Friday to trail 1-0 after the first inning.

The two teams traded outs in the second inning and after retiring the Tigers in order in the top of the third, Emmetsburg went to work. A leadoff single by Jake Carlson was followed up by a double from Tyler Kliegl that scored Carlson. Kliegl would plate his run with two outs after an error on Bobby Mortenson’s at-bat, and courtesy runner Derek Henkelvig would score the run off an error on Bobby Gappa’s at-bat to put the E’Hawks up 3-0 to start the fourth.

The Tigers would strand two runners in their at-bat, but Emmetsburg plated a run by Ryan Kliegl after he smacked a double for a 4-1 lead. Spencer stranded one in the fifth, and the E’Hawks added another run from Tyler Henderson in the bottom of the fifth for a 5-1 lead to start the sixth.

The visitors managed a to plate two runs in their half of the sixth, but the E’Hawk defense got the stop. In their half of the sixth, Emmetsburg got runs from Tyler Kliegl, Taylor Morris and Brady Berkland, whose two-RBI?smash nearly cleared the fence. Berkland would score off Bobby Gappa’s single before the inning ended.

Spencer’s final try resulted in a stranded baserunner as Morris would go the distance for the win.

Morris would allow three hits with nine strikeouts and six walks, giving two runs, one earned.

The E’Hawks got doubles from Brady Berkland, Ryan Kliegl and Tyler Kliegl, while Jake Carlson and Tyler Henderson both added hits.

Emmetsburg struggled offensively on Wednesday in an 11-1 loss to Sheldon. The E’Hawks found themselves unable to piece together any hits in the contest, and scored one run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Ryan Kliegl walked and came around off a fielders’ choice and an error to score.

Sheldon would score one run in the first, one run in the second, three runs in the fourth inning and four runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh to take the win.

Tyler Kliegl was charged with the loss for the E’Hawks, as he went seven innings and surrendered 11 runs, five earned, with 14 hits, while striking out eight and issuing three walks.

Stepping out of the Lakes Conference on Thursday, Emmetsburg traveled to Algona to meet Bishop Garrigan. Despite an early lead, Emmetsburg would fall by a 15-5 score in five innings.

The E’Hawks opened with a pair of runs in the first scored by Ryan Kliegl and Taylor Morris, after they hit a single and double, respectively, and scored off a double by Bobby Mortenson and a fielders choice from Tyler Henderson. Bishop Garrigan would plate a run in the bottom of the first to make the score 2-1.

The two teams traded outs in the second, but in the top of the third, the E’Hawks led off with a single by Tyler Kliegl, who would score off a two-run homer by Morris.

However, the 4-1 lead wouldn’t last long. Bishop Garrigan sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the third and scored seven runs off three singles, a two run homer, a walk and two errors.

Now trailing 4-8, the E’Hawks plated a run in the top of the fourth when Bobby Gappa scored off a double by Ryan Kliegl. But, Bishop Garrigan would plate four runs in the bottom of the fourth for a 12-5 lead.

Emmetsburg was shut down in the top of the fifth inning leaving Brady Berkland stranded. The Golden Bears would ice the win in the bottom of the fifth inning with three more runs off a triple and three singles to record the 15-5 win by the 10-run rule.

Austin Oppenheimer got the loss, going four and two-thirds innings, giving up nine hits for 12 runs with six earned, along with five strikeouts and six walks. Jake Carlson went one-third of an inning and gave up two hits.

The E’Hawks had a double and single from Morris and Ryan Kliegl, a double from Mortenson and singles from Tyler Kliegl, Henderson and Berkland.

The E’Hawks travel to Spencer tonight and host Storm Lake on Thursday night for make-up games.