E-Hawks Blanked By Western Christian
After battling LeMars tough on Wednesday night, a night off didn’t seem to do Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks any good as they were shutout in a 7-0 loss to Western Christian of Hull on Friday night in Emmetsburg. The loss dropped Emmetsburg to 0-5 in the Lakes and 1-10 overall on the season.
With Ryan Kliegl on the hill to start the contest Friday, Emmetsburg got off to a solid start defensively.?After allowing a leadoff single, the E-Hawk defense shut the Wolfpack down in order and got the leadoff batter to retire the side after three batters.
Taking to the bats, Emmetsburg went down by a pair of quick strikeouts in their half of the first, but Tyler Henderson got on base off a base hit, only to be stranded when Jake Carlson was put out to end the inning.
Kliegl and the E-Hawk defense worked their magic again in the second, getting a strikeout and a pair of putouts to retire the Wolfpack in order again.
In the bottom of the second, Emmetsburg went down with a pair of quick strikeouts again, but with two outs, got a base hit from Austin Dunnick before Mike Wolfe drew a walk, but the two baserunners would be left waiting when Brady Baily hit an infield fly to end the inning.
Western Christian would try to make a little noise in the top of the third inning, putting two runners on base off back-to-back walks with one out before getting a fly ball for the second out. The bases would be loaded up off a single, but a fly ball to right field would end the threat and strand all three Western runners.
However, the E-Hawks were unable to get any offense rolling in the bottom of the third inning, as they went down in order in their opportunity at-bat.
With a scoreless game to start the fourth inning, Western Christian led off with a double and moved the runner to third off a wild pitch before being retired in order to end the threat.
Emmetsburg would go down in order once again, leaving the game scoreless to start the fifth inning.
Again, Western Christian put a baserunner in place off a walk during the inning, but once again left him waiting at second for a way home when the opportunity ended.
But for a third inning, Emmetsburg would go down in order, as the contest had settled into a pitchers’ duel with excellent defensive support from both teams.
All that would change in the top of the sixth inning, when Western Christian drew a leadoff walk. A wild pitch and a sacrifice fly would allow the first run of the game to be scored, giving the Wolfpack the 1-0 lead when the at-bat ended.
Emmetsburg managed to get Austin Oppenheimer on base off a walk in the bottom of the sixth, but Oppenheimer was put out on a double play of Tyler Henderson’s at bat.
Now holding a 1-0 lead to start the final inning, Western Christian found their offense. A leadoff single was followed by a Kliegl hitting a batter to put him on base. An error would load the sacks before a base hit and fielders’ choice started bringing runs over the plate. A two-run double would be followed by a walk before the E-Hawk defense could shut Western Christian down, but not before six runs had come over the plate to give the Wolfpack a 7-0 lead.
In their final at-bat, Emmetsburg went down with a quick strikeout by Jake Carlson before Brady Berkland got on base off a dropped third strike. Austin Oppenheimer got on off a fielders’ choice that took Berkland. Mike Wolfe drew a walk to load the bases, but a put out on Brady Bailey’s bunt attempt would end the game.
Ryan Kliegl went the distance on the hill for Emmetsburg in the loss, allowing seven hits with seven runs, one of which was earned. Kliegl struck out five batters while walking four and hitting two.
For the E-Hawks, Tyler Henderson had a single, as did Jake Jackson and Austin Dunnick.
Emmetsburg’s E-Hawk Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, ended up being cancelled due to wet field conditions after the overnight rains.
The E-Hawks resumed action ?Monday at Cherokee and ?Wednesday at ELC.