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E-Hawks See Improvement In Setback

By Staff | Jul 1, 2010

Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks have had a tough season on the diamond, but are seeing gradual improvement as their youth gains game experience. Despite a 16-0 loss to LeMars on Monday  night, Emmetsburg played the Cougars of Manson Northwest Webster tough in a 1-0 loss on Tuesday that had E-Hawk Mentor ?Mike Brennan pleased with the team’s effort.

“We actually played pretty well, defensively, on Tuesday night,”?Brennan noted. “We’re starting to show some progress and that’s pleasing to see.”

In the matchup on Tuesday, Jake Jackson would take the pitching duties for the E-Hawks, and in his six innings of work, he gave up just three hits, while walking three batters and collecting four strikeouts in the 1-0 loss.

The E-Hawks collected seven hits in the effort at Manson, as Jackson went two-for-three at the plate, while Brady Berkland was two-for-two with a double and Brady Bailey also went two-for-two.

However, the difference in the ballgame would be the fact that the E-Hawks stranded eight baserunners and were unable to bring them home.

“We just can’t get the hits when we need them,”?Brennan said, “But the kids keep working and that’s all you can ask for.”

On Monday, Emmetsburg was all but shut out in a 16-0 loss to LeMars to drop to 0-11 in the Lakes Conference and 1-19 overall.

Austin Oppenheimer started the game on the hill and went two innings as he gave up 10 runs, five earned, and issued eight walks and hit one batter.

Brady Berkland would relive Oppenheimer and went four and two-thirds innings, surrendering six runs, two of which were earned, a pair of walks and hit two batters. Jake Jackson would finish off the game with no hits.

The E-Hawks would only muster a pair of hits against LeMars on Monday, as Jake Jackson and Austin Oppenheimer each rapped out base hits,