E-Hawks Come Up A Run Short On The Road
FONDA – Despite an inside-the-park two-run homer and late game surge, Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks came up a run short in a game against Newell-Fonda Tuesday night at Fonda.
The E-Hawks would open the game with a base hit by Ryan Kliegl, who would come around to score off an error on Austin Oppenheimer’s at-bat, but Oppenheimer would be left waiting at third when the opportunity ended.
With Oppenheimer taking the mound for the E-Hawks, the host Mustangs were able to knot the game up at one with a run of their own off a walk and a base hit in their half of the inning.
The E-Hawks were denied in the top of the second, but Newell-Fonda put together a strong offensive effort in their half of the inning, sending eight batters to the plate and scoring four runs off a pair of singles, two walks, an error and a hit batsman.
Now trailing 5-1 to start the third, Emmetsburg was able to put Kliegl on base after he was hit by a pitch, and Oppenheimer drew a walk. However, the two E-Hawks would be left waiting at first and second when the at-bat ended.
In the bottom of the third, the Mustangs’ leadoff batter got on base off a single before Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Brennan made the trip to the hill for a pitching change. Oppenheimer would move to third as Brady Berkland took over on the mound and would surrenders a pair of walks and a single in the inning that would score the leadoff run before the Mustangs were retired with a 6-1 lead to end the third.
Emmetsburg got back-to-back singles to lead off the fourth from Jake Jackson and Berkland, but the two E-Hawks were left waiting in scoring position when the E-Hawks went down in order.
Newell-Fonda would add another run in the bottom of the fourth off a base hit and a pair of E-Hawk errors to move out to a 7-1 advantage.
If you believe the adage that it’s always darkest before the dawn, the top of the fifth inning is very appropriate. Ryan Kliegl hit to first base for a quick put-out to open the inning, but Oppenheimer got on base off a single and was followed by Tyler Henderson with a base rap. Pinch runner Brady Christensen took over for Henderson and stole second before moving to third off a passed ball that allowed Oppenheimer to come home. A second passed ball would let Christensen come home on Jake Carlson’s strikeout to cut the deficit to 7-3.
But with two out, the E-Hawks weren’t done just yet. Jake Jackson drew a walk before Brady Berkland stepped to the plate and crushed the ball, sending it to the base of the fence in center field. As the Mustang outfielders raced to get the ball back into the infield, Berkland showed his sprinters’ speed around the base paths.
Jackson crossed the plate and as the ball came flying towards home, Berkland closed in on the plate and slid, ducking under a close tag to score the in-the-park, two-run home run shot.
As the at-bat ended, the E-Hawks had new life, now trailing 7-5, and rose to the occasion on defense, stranding two Mustangs after a base hit and walk, to end the fifth inning.
The E-Hawks started the sixth with a strikeout, but an error put Brady Bailey on base, and he came around to score off an error on Oppenheimer’s at-bat to narrow the margin to 7-6.
The Mustangs would lead off the bottom of the sixth with a hit before another pitching change, with Jake Carlson taking over for the E-Hawks, and the run would score for an 8-6 lead.
Emmetsburg started the seventh with a strikeout, but a double by Jake Jackson was turned into a run by a double from Berkland. However, Berkland would be stranded when two consecutive strikeouts ended the game.
Austin Oppenheimer was charged with the loss, going two inning and allowing six runs, four earned, off four hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Brady Berkland pitched three innings and gave up two runs, one earned, with four hits, while walking two and striking out two. Jake?Carlson finished out the game. For the E-Hawks, Berkland had a homer, double and single, while Jackson added a double and single. Kliegl, Oppenheimer and Henderson all had singles. Berkland had three RBI’s with Oppenheimer getting two RBI’s and Carlson adding one RBI to the E-Hawk effort.