The Season Ends For E-Hawks
ESTHERVILLE?- The second season gives every team a fresh start, a chance to get off on a new foot. For Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks, the second season was short-lived on Saturday as they fell 6-3 to Okoboji, but played well in the season ending contest, closing a long season with a record of 1-23.
Saturday’s Class 2A tournament opener with the Pioneers was a rematch of a contest earlier in June where the E-Hawks hit the ball well, but couldn’t bring their runners home. This time around, Emmetsburg was able to garner five hits off Okoboji ace Ray Zalabowski, but ran out of opportunities to produce runs.
The two clubs traded outs in the first inning, with the E-Hawks leading off. To start the second, Emmetsburg got Ryan Kliegl on base of a single, only to leave him stranded. Ryan Kliegl pitched the first inning for the E-Hawks, but traded spots with Jake Jackson in the second and the Pioneers would use three walks and an error to push two unearned runs over the plate for a 2-0 advantage.
The E-Hawks went down in order in the third, but returned the favor to Okoboji.
Jake Jackson would get on base after being hit by a pitch in the fourth, and was joined by Kliegl, who was walked, but the pair were left waiting for a way home when the at-bat ended.
Okoboji would get a run off a base hit and a sac to take a 3-0 lead to start the fifth.
Again, Emmetsburg went down in order and Okoboji got three base hits in a row that would score a run and a second run would score off a passed ball to give the Pioneers a 5-0 lead.
Brady Berkland led off the sixth for Emmetsburg with a singled and would come around to score off an RBI single by Tyler Henderson to cut the Pioneers’ lead to 5-1. Okoboji would add a run inthe bottom of the sixth, off a pair of singles as Kliegl would return to the mound with one out to relieve Jackson.
Trailing by five runs to start the seventh, Emmetsburg had nothing to lose as they stepped into the batters’ box, facing Zach Jones on the mound, as he releived Zalabowski.
Austin Dunnick led off with a base rap an dwas followed on base off an error on Michael Wolfe’s at-bat. The duo worked their way around the bases after tagging up on a fly ball catch on Austin Bonnstetter’s at-bat for the first out.
Brady Berkland would step in and lay down a double that allowed Dunnick to score and brought Zalabowski back to the mound to face the E-Hawks again.
Austin Oppenheimer would touch Zalabowski for an RBI?single that brought Wolfe over the plate, but the Okoboji ace induced Jake Jackson and Tyler Henderson to strike out to end the ballgame and the season in the 6-3 loss for the E-Hawks.
For Emmetsburg, Jake Jackson ended up with the loss, going four and a third innings, facing 23 batters and allowing four runs, three earned, off six hits, while walking four and striking out six. Ryan Kliegl ended up pitching one and two-thirds innings, facing seven batters, giving up a pair of unearned runs off three walks.
Emmetsburg got a double and a single from Brady Berkland with an RBI, while Austin Oppenheimer added an RBI?single to the tally. Ryan Kliegl had a base hit, as did Austin Dunnick in the effort.