A Heartbreaking End To The E’Hawks’ Season
POCAHONTAS – The season came to a painful close for the Emmetsburg E’Hawks Tuesday night in a 9-1 loss to Manson Northwest Webster in a Class 2A District Semi Final at Pocahontas. For the E’Hawks and three seniors, the season came to a close with a mark of 9-14.
The E’Hawks would struggle with hitting in the contest, as they would strand eight on base during the contest.
The Cougars would strike in the top of the first, getting a run off a lead off walk and using a single to right field to bring the runner home, before E’Hawk hurler Tyler Kliegl would induce three strikeouts to end the at-bat.
As the E’Hawks came up to bat, they went down by two quick outs, but got Taylor Morris on base off a single before leaving him stranded to end the inning.
Manson Northwest Webster would strike again in the second inning, pushing three runs over the plate. After going down two outs, the Cougars got a runner on base off a dropped third strike. A single and a batter hit by a pitch would set up a a booming double to the right field fence that scored three runs before Kliegl tallied a strikeout to end the opportunity.
Now trailing 4-0, the E’Hawks tried to get something going, but went down in order off two strikeouts and a put out to end the second frame.
The Cougars slowed in the top of third inning, as they went down two outs, but got a single, only to leave the runner waiting at second.
Emmetsburg led off the bottom of the third with a base hit by Austin Oppenheimer, who advanced off an error on Tyler Kliegl’s at-bat with one out. A fly ball put Oppenheimer on third before Morris came up and got on base off a misplayed ball that allowed Oppenheimer to plate his run. Morris would be left waiting a second time when Bobby Mortenson struck out to end the inning.
In the fourth, Manson Northwest Webster came out to score three more runs, as Kliegl began to struggle with the strike zone. After walking three batters and hitting one to bring a run over the plate and giving up a double that scored two runs, Kliegl was relieved by Taylor Morris, who got a strikeout to end the opportunity and stop the bleeding.
Trailing 7-1 to start the bottom of the fourth, Emmetsburg led off with a strikeout of Tyler Henderson, but Bobby Gappa came up with b big single. Gappa would be left waiting at first, as Brady Berkland struck out and Oppenheimer hit a long fly ball to center field for the third out.
The Cougars went down in order in the top of the fifth inning and Emmetsburg suffered a similar fate in their half of the inning.
A single led off the sixth for the Cougars, but a throwdown on a steal attempt by Bobby Mortenson to Oppenheimer at second got the runner for the first out.
The Cougars would come up with another singled, and an error in right field would allow the runner to score, but that would be all for the Cougars as a putout at third from Morris to third baseman Jake Jackson was followed by a strike out to end the at-bat.
The E’Hawks tried to engineer something in the bottom of the sixth, getting a leadoff single from Morris , but three consecutive outs ended the inning to set up the final opportunity.
Manson Northwest Webster put the icing on the cake in the top of the seventh with a leadoff solo home run by Landon Schuttler. A walk was followed by a fielders’ choice, but a put out and a pair of strikeouts ended the opportunity.
Emmetsburg came up with one final chance, but the fortunes of fate were not with the E’Hawks. Brady Berkland flew out to center field, but Austin Oppenheimer was walked. Jake Carlson hit a single and was followed on base by Tyler Kliegl with a single. Ryan Kliegl struck out, but as Taylor Morris stepped in with the bases loaded, a quick wheel by Cougar pitcher Brandon McGinty to first baseman Ben Sontag picked Tyler Kliegl off at first, leaving Morris and the E’Hawks in stunned silence.
Tyler Kliegl was charged with the loss, as he surrendered seven runs, six earned, with five hits in three and two-thirds innings of work, while striking out six and walking four.
Taylor Morris relieved for three and a third innings, allowing two runs, both earned, with six strikeouts , one walk and three hits.
For the E’Hawks, Taylor Morris had two hits, while Tyler Kliegl, Bobby Gappa, Austin Oppenheimer and Jake Carlson each added singles.
The E’Hawks bid farewell to seniors Taylor Morris, Tyler Kliegl and Bobby Mortenson as the season concludes.