Stay With It
After losing a one-sided game on Wednesday night, Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks closed out their week with a 7-3 loss to Cherokee Friday night at E-Hawk Field. Despite the loss, Emmetsburg continued to show improvement, committing no errors and getting six hits in the effort, which dropped the E-Hawks to 0-13 in the Lakes Conference and 1-21 on the year.
Ryan Kliegl took the start on the hill for the E-Hawks, and despite loading the sacks with Braves in the opening half of the first, Kliegl pitched his way out of trouble with three strikeouts to deal with the Braves.
Emmetsburg would get a single from Jake Jackson, only to leave him stranded when the inning ended.
Cherokee would send eight members of their lineup to the plate in the second, scoring three runs off a three-run homer by Alonzo Ruble with two outs. The Braves would strand two runners, though before being retired with a 3-0 lead. The E-Hawks would get Ryan Kliegl on base off a walk, only to have his courtesy runner, Aaron Bird, put out at second off a fielders’s choice that left Jake Carlson stranded when the inning ended.
The Braves left a pair of runners waiting in the top of the third, while Emmetsburg scored a run as Brady Berkland got on with a single and then came around to score off an RBI?single from Jake Jackson to cut the deficit to 3-1.
After Cherokee was retired in order in the top of the fourth, Emmetsburg came up with a big inning in their half of the frame. Ryan Kliegl led off with a single, which was followed up by Austin Dunnick gaining base off an error. Dunnick and courtesy runner Aaron Bird both advanced into scoring position off a passed ball before Bird came home off a sacrifice RBI by Brady Christensen. Brady Bailey was hit by a pitch to get on base and was replaced by pinch runner Joe Jackson.
Brady Berkland stepped to the plate and belted out an RBI singled to center field that scored Dunnick, but Jackson would be thrown out going into third on a fielders’ choice of Austin Oppenheimer’s at-bat to end the inning with a tie score.
Cherokee would answer the E-Hawks in the fifth, pushing two runs over the plate off a two-RBI?single with two outs. However, the Braves would strand two runners when the at-bat ended. The E-Hawks would get a single from Tyler Henderson and a walk from Kliegl, but no more in the fifth.
Cherokee added a run in the sixth off a solo home run, and stranded a runner and the E-Hawks went down in order in the sixth. A final run in the top of the seventh off a solo homer sealed the deal for the Braves, as Emmetsburg struck out in order.
Kliegl took the loss, giving up seven runs, all earned, off six hits, with eight walks and nine strikeouts.
Brady Berkland and Jake Jackson had two hits each, while Tyler Henderson and Kliegl each added base hits to the effort.