E-Hawks Fall In Slugfest At ELC
ESTHERVILLE – The hits were fast and furious, but the final score was not in Emmetsburg’s favor in an 18- 14 loss to Estherville Lincoln Central on Wednesday night.
The E-Hawks took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first off a pari of scores from Ryan Kliegl and Austin Oppenheimer, but ELC?would answer with six runs of their own in the bottom of the inning for a 6-2 lead. The E-Hawks would be blanked in the second, but returned the favor to the Midgets in the bottom of the frame.
In the third inning, Emmetsburg would tack seven runs onto the scoreboard, using three hits, three errors and a pair of walks to lead the way to a 9-6 advantage. However, ELC would counter with six runs of their own in the back-and-forth battle for a 12-9 lead to start the fourth frame.
Emmetsburg would go scoreless again as ELC added two more runs for a 14-9 tally to start the fifth , but the E-Hawks added three more runs to cut the deficit to 14-12. ELC would add a run in the bottom of the fifth for a 15-12 tally, but Emmetsburg came up empty in the sixth, only to see ELC add three more runs.
The E-Hawks would add two more scores in the top of the seventh but it was too little, too late as the Midgets claimed the 18-14 win.
Jake Carlson went two innings and allowed six runs off three hits with three walks. Ryan Kliegl relived for three and two-thirds innings, allowing 12 runs off five hits with six walks. Austin Oppenheimer pitched the final third of an inning for the E-Hawks.
Emmetsburg got two hits from Jake Carlson with two RBIs, while Austin Dunnick added two hits, Mike Wolfe and Jake Jackson both added hits to the E-Hawk effort.
Emmetsburg was slated to play Storm Lake on Monday, and host Sioux Central on Tuesday before traveling to Spirit Lake on Wednesday. Thursday, the E-Hawks are off before hosting Spencer in Lakes Conference action on Friday night.