E-Hawks Looking For Winning Combination
Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks managed eight hits, including a solo home run, but came up on the wrong end of a 16-3 loss to Spencer on Friday night. The loss followed a 7-0 shutout at Spirit Lake on Wednesday to drop the E-Hawks to 0-10 in the Lakes and 1-17 overall.
Wednesday’s game at Spirit Lake saw Emmetsburg’s bats come up with five hits, a Jake Jackson went two-for-three in the contest, while Brady Berkland was one-for-two and Tyler Henderson and Austin Dunnick both went one-for-three in their appearances in the batters’ box.
Jake Carlson would be charged with the loss on the mound against Spirit Lake, as he surrendered seven runs, two of which were earned, off six hits with five strikeouts.
Friday night the E-Hawks returned home to host Spencer’s Tigers, and found themselves trailing early as the guests scored two runs in the opening inning for a 2-0 lead. Emmetsburg would load the bases in the bottom of the first, but couldn’t bring the runners home.
The Tigers added two more runs in the top of the second, but Emmetsburg would answer with a run as Ryan Kliegl led off with a single and courtesy runner Joe Jackson would score the run off a sacrifice fly by Brady Berkland for a 4-1 score. The Tigers would add a run in the top of the third to edge out to a 5-1 advantage, but Emmetsburg had some answer in mind. The answer came in the bottom of the third as Tyler Henderson took the first pitch of the at-bat and smacked it solidly over the batting cage in left field for a solo home run blast to make the score 5-2 to start the fourth.
However, Spencer erupted for a quartet of runs, riding four hits to put the scores together for a 9-2 advantage. The E-Hawks tried to answer in their half of the inning, as Brady Christianson got on base off a walk, only to be put out at second on Brady Berkland’s fielders’ choice. Berkland would come around off a single by Jake Jackson to scores, but Jackson would be stranded when the inning ended.
The top of the fifth was disastrous for the E-Hawks, as Spencer would score seven runs, forcing a pitching change as Austin Oppenheimer came in to relieve Ryan Kliegl, who made his first start in a week after an ankle injury.
Trailing 16-3, the E-Hawks came up to bat in the bottom of the fifth, and quickly put Austin Dunnick and Jake Carlson on base off an error and a solid single, but ended up leaving the duo waiting when the inning came to an end.
Ryan Kliegl was charged with the loss, surrendering 11 runs, nine earned, off eight hits, with five strikeouts and nine walks in four innings.
Austin Oppenhemier went two-thirds of an inning and surrendered five runs, four earned, off two hits, with two walks and a home run. Jake Jackson would pitch the final third of an inning and gave up one hit.
Tyler Henderson had a homer and single, while Austin Bonnstetter added two hits, along with Jake Jackson and Jake Carlson came away with a single to account for Emmetsburg’s eight hits in the contest.