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Boys Of Summer Open Season With Setback

By Staff | May 27, 2010

STRATEGY?SESSION - Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Brennan (21) talks to his infielders in a defensive conference during the season opening game with Bishop Garrigan Tuesday night in Emmetsburg. The young E-Hawks fell in a 3-0 decision to the Golden Bears in the contest. -- Dan Voigt photo

The end of the school year brings the start of the summer sports season, and for Emmetsburg’s E-Hawk baseball team, the season opened with a tough 3-0 loss to Bishop Garrigan Tuesday night. For the young E-Hawk squad, the hits were few and far between.

With a roster that has no seniors in the lineup for the season, Head Coach Mike Brennan and Assistant Coaches Brett Hansen and Tim Rodemeyer knew coming in that there would be a learning curve during the  2010 campaign.

Emmetsburg sent sophomore Ryan Kliegl to the mound to face the Golden Bears, who were playing their third game of the season. Bishop ?Garrigan got a pair of doubles and a pair of walks that would allow one run to come home in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Emmetsburg came up and went down in order, as Kliegl, Brady Berkland and Jake Carlson were all struck out by Bishop Garrigan hurler Brandon Doughan.

The Golden Bears opened the second with a base hit by David Reding, but Reding’s attempt to steal second ended up in a rundown play, as Kliegl relayed to first baseman Tyler Henderson, who threw to second baseman Austin Dunnick, and then back to Henderson, who would tag Reding out.

Kliegl then tallied his second strikeout of the game, but back-to-back walks would allow a run to score off a passed ball to give the Golden Bears a 2-0 lead when their at-bat ended.

Tyler Henderson led off the bottom of the second with a booming shot to left center field that dropped in, but a quick relay to second narrowly beat the E-Hawk to rob him of the hit. Austin Oppenheimer would hit a fly ball to left for the second out and Jake Jackson struck out to end the inning.

The E-Hawk defense tightened up in the third, limiting Bishop Garrigan to a walk, and leaving the runner stranded on base.

 However, the E-Hawks were denied again in the bottom of the third, as Austin Dunnick hit a popup to short before John Leuer was struck out and Brady Bailey hit an infield fly to third to end the opportunity.

Bishop Garrigan opened the fourth with a strikeout and a walk before scoring the run off a base hit to center field, but left a runner waiting at first when Kliegl tallied his sixth strikeout to end the at-bat.

The E-Hawks got a baserunner in the fourth, as Kliegl was hit by a pitch but was picked off. After Berkland struck out, Carlson drew a walk, only to be put out on a force at second off Henderson’s fielders’ choice to end the inning.

A pitching change ensued for the E-Hawks, with Jake Jackson taking over in the fifth. The freshman surrendered a pair of singles, but got good support from his defense to leave two runners stranded.

The E-Hawks went down in order in the bottom of the fifth, and Jackson returned to the hill in the sixth to give up another hit, but the defense left the runner waiting once again.

Emmetsburg found its bats in the bottom of the sixth, after Leuer was hit by a pitch to get on base to start the at-bat. A fielders’ choice on Bailey’s at bat put Leuer out at second before Kliegl rapped out a sharp single.

With two men on base, the E-Hawks had something going. A long fly to center by Berkland dimmed the prospects until Carlson punched a shot into right field to load the sacks.

But with two outs, Tyler Henderson popped a foul tip beyond first base that was caught at the fence to end the rally threat and the inning.

With a 3-0 lead  to start the seventh, Bishop Garrigan faced a new pitcher in Brady Berkland. The sophomore induced a popup to Carlson behind the plate for the first out and got a strikeout before closing out the at-bat with a throw to Henderson at first for the putout.

Emmetsburg’s hopes of a late rally were quickly snuffed out, as Oppenheimer was put out at first, Jackson popped out on a foul tip and Dunnick was struck out to end the contest in the 3-0 setback.

Ryan Kliegl was charged with the loss, as he gave up three hits and three runs in four innings of work, while striking out six and walking six batters. Jake Jackson allowed three hits in two innings of work and added two strikeouts, while Brady Berkland struck out one batter in one inning on the hill.

For the E-Hawks, Ryan Kliegl and Jake Carlson accounted for the hits in the effort.

Emmetsburg has little time to reflect on what might have been, as they face a week filled with games, including a Wednesday night matchup with Algona, followed by a trip to Laurens tonight (Thursday) for a varsity-only game with the Chargers. The E-Hawks resume action next Wednesday night when they host Storm Lake in the Lakes Conference opener. First pitch is set for 5:15 p.m.