E-Hawks Blank Laurens-Marathon In Home Opener
Behind a one-hitter from pitcher Ryan Kliegl, the Emmetsburg E-Hawks evened their young season at 1-1 with a 3-0 shutout over Laurens-Marathon on Thursday night. Kliegl would go the distance in recording the win, surrendering just one hit while striking out 13 batters in the victory.
The E-Hawks had some fireworks of their own, as the scoring starting in the bottom of the third inning. After Joe Jackson was put out to lead off, Brady Berkland stepped into the batters’ box and punched a shot over the right field fence for a solo round tripper for the 1-0 lead at the end of the inning.
For Kliegl, who made his season start on the mound, the stars were almost in alignment, as he tallied at least one strikeout per inning, holding the Chargers at bay until the top of the sixth inning when he surrendered a single that slipped over the head of first baseman Tyler Henderson for the lone hit of the contest.
Emmetsburg would ease the sting of the hit in the bottom of the sixth when Kliegl led off drawing a walk and stole second. Henderson followed with a single and a throwing error would allow Kliegl to score his run. A fielders’ choice on Jake Carlson’s at bat would get pinch runner Aaron Bird out, but a base hit from Taylor Wegner and a fielders’ choice on Jon Leuer’s at bat would bring Carlson home for a 3-0 score as the inning ended.
The Chargers would be retired in order to end the contest, giving Emmetsburg their first win of the season.
With 13 strikeouts, Kliegl allowed the lone hit and gave up six walks in his seven innings of work.
For the E-Hawks, Brady Berkland tallied the solo home run, while Kliegl had a pair of base hits to his credit. Tyler Henderson and Taylor Wegner added base hits to the winning effort.
Emmetsburg resumes action tonight (Wednesday), June 1, with their first Lakes Conference tilt of the season at Storm Lake. On Thursday, the E-Hawks will host Okoboji and then travel to Spirit Lake on Friday night.