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E’Hawks Suffer Setback At Storm Lake

By Staff | Jul 9, 2009

Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks suffered through some mistakes in a contest Monday night at Storm Lake, and came out on the wrong end of a 9-4 loss to the Tornadoes. The setback drops Emmetsburg to 8-13 overall and 4-10 in the Lakes Conference, with one league game to make up tonight (Thursday) when the opponent is Storm Lake, in a game in Emmetsburg.

Monday night, the E’Hawks and Tornadoes traded outs in their first inning of play, and the E’Hawks would go down in order in the second frame as well. Storm Lake came up big in the second, plating three runs off one single, an error and a walk to take a 3-0 lead.

In the third, Emmetsburg got Brady Berkland on base off a leadoff walk, but Berkland was picked off at second on a throwdown while stealing.

The Tornadoes kept their offense going in the bottom of the third, adding four runs to their total off a double and single, with back-to-back E’Hawk errors providing two scoring opportunities before the defense could make the stop.

Now trailing 7-0, Emmetsburg got its first hit of the game in the top of the fourth, when, with two out, Taylor Morris laced a double to the fence, and then took third off a wild pitch, but that was all the closer the senior would come as bobby Mortenson was put out to end the at-bat.

Storm Lake would get a single and a walk in the bottom of the inning but left their runners stranded when the E’Hawk defense made the stop.

In the top of the fifth, Emmetsburg led off with Tyler Henderson tallying a walk and moving to second on a balk call. A walk of Brady Berkland would follow after a put out of Bobby Gappa, but Austin Oppenheimer and Jake Carlson were fanned to end the opportunity and strand the two runners.

Storm Lake would get a leadoff single, and an error would allow the run to score after a fly ball for the second out to give the Tornadoes an 8-0 lead.

Emmetsburg went down in order in the top of the sixth and in their half of the inning, Storm lake plated their final run of the game after having a batter hit by a pitch for a 9-0 lead.

Coming up to bat in the seventh, Emmetsburg led off with a booming triple by Bobby Mortenson, that was scored by a double from Tyler Henderson. Bobby Gappa added a single and Brady Berkland loaded the sacks with a single.

Austin Oppenheimer would be put out at first, but Henderson plated his run and Jake Carlson smacked a double to scored Gappa and Berkland’s runs.

With Carlson at second, a wild pitch moved the E’Hawk to third, but Ryan Kliegl was struck out and Tyler Kliegl was put out to end the ballgame with the 9-4 score.

Tyler Kliegl was charged with the loss, as he gave up nine runs, with just two earned, while allowing four hits, five walks and four strikeouts.

Bobby Mortenson had a triple, while Tyler Henderson had a double and single. Taylor Morris had a double and Jake Carlson added a double, while Bobby Gappa added a single.

Emmetsburg traveled to Spencer on Tuesday for a make-up game, but rains washed the game out in the third inning with Emmetsburg trailing 4-2. A severe thunderstorm with lightning and torrential downpours forced officials to cancel the game, with no chance of making it up before the E’Hawks open their post season tournament slate on Saturday.