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E-Hawks Battle Hard In Loss To Pocahontas Area/PP

By Staff | Jun 10, 2010

TRY?AT?THE?PLATE - Emmetsburg catcher Jake Carlson waits for a throw as Indian shotstop Jonathon Rittgers comes home in Tuesday’s 15-7 loss. The E-Hawks fell to 1-8 overall on the season and 0-3 in the Lakes Conference with the loss at home. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s baseball fortunes seem to run in cycles of late, as the E-Hawks are able to hit the ball, or struggle  at the plate. Coach Mike Brennan’s E-Hawks came up with eight hits on Tuesday night in a meeting with Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer, but four errors by the E-Hawk defense would help the visiting Indians earn a 15-7 win over the E-Hawks.

The first inning was a wild affair, as the Indians came out on a mission, getting four hits and an error and converting them into five runs for a 5-0 lead in the top of the inning. The E-Hawks wouldn’t be cowed, however, as they returned the favor, coming up with a  pair of singles, a pair of doubles and a three-run home run blast.

Austin Oppenheimer drew a walk with one out, and was followed on base by Tyler Henderson off a single. Jake Carlson rapped out an RBI?double to score Oppenheimer, and with runners in scoring position, Jake Jackson laced a shot over the right field fence for the three-run shot that narrowed the deficit to 5-4.

Brady Berkland stepped to the plate and delivered a double and would move to third off a sacrifice bunt by Mike Wolfe before scoring off Brady Bailey’s RBI?single before the inning ended.

With the score tied at 5-5, the Indians went down in order in the top of the second. Emmetsburg would suffer a similar fate, however, leaving the score knotted at 5-5 to start the third inning.

The Indians led off with a fly ball deep to Ryan Kliegl in center field, but then got a double that was followed by a walk. An RBI?single would score one run, before two walks and a sacrifice allowed one more run before the Indians plated a run off a passed ball to retake the lead at 8-5.

The E-Hawks could only go down in order in the bottom of the third, and the Indians picked up where they led off in the fourth, starting with a base hit. A sac fly deep to right field allowed the run to score, giving the Indians a 9-5 lead when the at-bat ended. However, the E-Hawks were retired in order once again to end the fourth.

The Indians plated another run in the  top of the fifth, and Emmetsburg managed to get Tyler Henderson on base off a single. However, Brady Christensen running in place of Henderson, was thrown out as he attempted to steal second and the E-Hawks were quickly retired.

In the top of the sixth, the Indians took advantage of two errors and four walks to score five runs without getting a hit in the inning.

Now trailing 15-5, the E-Hawks had to come up with something, and did just that as Brady Berkland engineered a double and came around to score off an error.

The Indians would strand a runner in the top of the seventh, and Emmetsburg would strike again, this time as Ryan Kliegl was hit by a pitch and came around to score off a sacrifice fly by Henderson to make the final score 15-7 when the game ended.

Austin Oppenheimer went the distance in the game and was tagged with the loss for the E-Hawks, as he allowed 15 runs, six earned, off eight hits, with eight walks and three strikeouts.

For the E-Hawks, Jake Jackson had the three-run home run shot, while Brady Berkland had two doubles and Jake Carlson added a double. Tyler Henderson had two singles, while Austin Dunnick and Brady Bailey both added base hits.

On Monday, the E-Hawks traveled to Spencer and came up short in a 16-6 decision to the Tigers.

Brady Berkland took the loss, going three and a third innings and giving up 14 runs, eight earned, with 11 hits, six walks and a pair of strikeouts. Austin Oppenheimer went two-thirds of an inning with one walk, and Jake Carlson finished the game with two hits, two  earned runs and a walk.

Mike Wolfe and Carlson both had a two-RBI double, while Carlson added a single along with Berkland. Tyler Henderson and Austin Oppenheimer both came up with two base hits in the final effort against the Tigers.