E-Hawks Down Okoboji, Fall In Conference Opener
Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks saw their original Lakes Conference opener halted after two innings Wednesday night in Storm Lake due to lightning, so they moved on to take a 17-3 win over Okoboji on Thursday night However, the week ended on a down note with a loss to Spirit Lake in the first Lakes Conference matchup of the campaign.
At Storm Lake on Wednesday, the E-Hawks and Tornadoes played to the conclusion of the second inning before the umpires pulled the players from the field due to lightning. As a thunderstorm moved in, the game was suspended.
Thursday night the E-Hawks played host to Okoboji and earned a 17-3 win over the Pioneers in five innings.
Taylor Wegner took the hill for the start against Okoboji and quickly dispatched the Pioneers in order in the top of the first. The E-Hawks came up and plated one run in their half of the inning as Ryan Kliegl capitalized on a single and worked his way around the diamond to score off a passed ball.
Okoboji went down in order in the second, Wegner led off the bottom of the second looking at one pitch before he connected on a shot that sailed over the left center field fence.
The celebration had barely ended when Bobby Gappa stepped to the plate and duplicated the shot, this time over the left field fence, for back-to-back round trippers.
Designated Hitter Austin Dunnick rapped out a single, which was followed by a single from Joe Jackson. The duo scored off Brady Berkland’s double and Kliegl earned a walk while Jake Jackson was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Tyler Henderson walked to bring Berkland home before Jake Carlson hit a single to score Kliegl. Wegner would strike out for the first out and Gappa hit a sac fly to score Jake Jackson’s run.
With two outs, Dunnick smacked a double to score Henderson and a single from Joe Jackson scored Carlson’s run.
Trailing 10-0 to start the third, the Pioneers plated a run off a walk and some aggressive base running to make the score 10-1.
Emmetsburg added five more runs in the bottom of the third. Ryan Kliegl led off with a single and Jake Jackson was walked. After a popup by Henderson, Jake Carlson hit a single to score Kliegl and Wegner added a single to score Jackson. A single from Gappa scored Carlson before Dunnick got on off an error.
With two outs, Joe Jackson rapped out a single that scored both Wegner and Gappa to end the inning with the 15-1 score.
Okoboji would add two runs in the top of the fourth off a trio of hits and a walk to cut the deficit to 15-3. The E-Hawks got a leadoff home run from Jake Jackson in the fourth, and a single from Tyler Henderson that was scored off a sac fly from Bobby Gappa.
The Pioneers would get a final chance, but after a put out at first, Wegner struck out the final two batters to go the distance and earn the win.
Taylor Wegner earned the win going the distance on the hill, giving up just three hits for three runs, two earned, with nine strikeouts and two walks.
Wegner and Gappa both had home runs and singles and Jake Jackson added a home run shot as well. Brady Berkland and Austin Dunnick both had doubles and singles, while Joe Jackson had three dingers. Ryan Kliegl and Jake Carlson had two singles each and Tyler Henderson had a single.
The Friday meeting with Spirit Lake saw the E-Hawks, fall by a 15-6 margin. The loss drops Emmetsburg to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Lakes.
The E-Hawks would go down in order to open Friday night, and saw Spirit Lake push three runs over the plate for a 3-0 lead. The E-Hawks put up a pair of runs in the second from Tyler Henderson and Jake Carlson, but the Indians pushed seven runs over the plate in the second for a 12-2 lead as Emmetsburg switched pitchers. Starter Ryan Kliegl surrendered the hill to Jake Jackson, who finished out the second inning.
In the third, the E-Hawks pushed three runs over the plate, as Brady Berkland, Kliegl and Jackson would all score, cutting the deficit to 12-5. Spirit Lake added three more runs to their tally in the bottom of the third to take a 15-5 lead before Emmetsburg went down in order in the fourth.
The Indians did nothing in the fourth and the E-Hawks got a run from Kliegl in the fifth before the Indians were retired. Trailing 13-6 in the sixth, Emmetsburg went down in order and Spirit Lake would add two runs for a 15-6 advantage.
In the final at-bat, the E-Hawks would load the bases, but left Berkland, Jake Jackson and Carlson waiting for a ride home when the game ended.
Ryan Kliegl went one and two-thirds innings, giving up 10 runs, six earned, off four hits with seven walks and three strikeouts. Jake Jackson went 4 and a third innings, allowing five runs, three earned, off seven hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
Jake Jackson had two doubles, while Henderson had two hits. Carlson, Gappa, Jon Leuer and Kliegl each added one hit to the effort.