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E’Hawks Struggling To Find Groove In Contests

By Staff | Jun 8, 2010

TRYING?FOR?A?TAG - E-Hawk second baseman Austin Dunnick swings around to try for a tag against Spirit Lake’s NIk Erickson in Friday’s matchup with the Indians. The E-Hawks fell by a 14-1 tally to the Indians in the contest. -- by Dan Voigt

Emmetsburg’s Boys of Summer opened their Lakes Conference campaign wednesday night but came up on the wrong end of an 11-1 decision at home.

The E-Hawks suffered through hitting woes against the Tornadoes, as only two hits were garnered in the contest. Ryan Kliegl would walk to lead off Emmetsburg’s offense in the bottom of the first, and would come around the bases to score off an RBI?single by Jake Carlson. That would be the only offense of the night for Emmetsburg, as Storm Lake went on to take the 11-1 win in six innings.

Austin Oppenheimer went five innings on the hill in the loss, giving up 10 runs, four of which were earned, with six hits, while walking four and striking out three batters.

Jake Carlson came in to relieve in the final inning, and surrendered two hits for one earned run. Carlson delivered the RBI?single for the E-Hawks in the first inning, and Jake Jackson came up with Emmetsburg’s other hit in the contest.

The following night, the E-Hawks ventured to Milford for a non-conference tilt with Okoboji and lost a 12-4 decision to the Pioneers.

Emmetsburg had better fortunes at the plate on Thursday, as they out-hit Okoboji with eight hits, but couldn’t convert the hits into scores.

 Austin Oppenheimer would collect a pair of RBI hits, while Ryan Kliegl pounded out an RBI?triple and Jake Jackson issued an RBI?double. Tyler Henderson, Austin Dunnick, Brady Baily and Brady Berkland all added singles to the effort.

Ryan Kliegl went five innings on the mound for Emmetsburg, giving up eight runs, three of which were earned, with four hits, but walked 10 batters and struck out five.

Brady Berkland came in to relieve and allowed four runs off one hit with one walk in one inning of work.

Friday night the ?E-Hawks returned home to host Spirit Lake, but a seven-run outburst in the second inning of the contest would lead tot he Indians taking a 14-1 win over the ?E-Hawks in five innings.

Both teams stranded runners in the first, but in the top of the second, the Indians found the mark of pitcher Jake Jackson, touching the freshman for a pair of hits and six walks as they pushed seven runs over the plate.

The E-Hawks tried to answer when Jackson led off the bottom of the second with a double and came around to score off a single from Brady Bailey to make the score 7-1.

Spirit Lake would pick up where they left off in the top of the third, getting two more hits and a walk before E-Hawk Coach Mike Brennan switched Jackson and Jake Carlson. Carlson took over on the mound and would retire the Indians, but Emmetsburg would go down in order in their next three innings as Spirit Lake’s Mitch Peschon struck out the last nine batters he faced.

The Indians would tally three runs in the top of the fifth to put the game on ice and earn the shortened 14-1 win.

Jake Jackson took the loss, giving up 10 runs, five earned, off five hits, with seven walks in two and a third innings on the hill. Jake Carlson threw two and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, three earned, off three hits with four walks and two strikeouts.

For the E-Hawks, Jake Jackson had a double and Brady Bailey tallied an RBI?single to account for the hits.

The E-Hawks will hostPocahontas on Tuesday and travel to LeMars Wednesday. Friday, the E-Hawks host Western Christian and Saturday, host a tournament at 10 a.m., with Rockwell City-Lytton, Armstrong-Ringsted and Alta taking part in the tourney.