E-Hawks Split Contests, Move To .500
Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks moved back to the .500 mark on the young season with a nail-biting 11-10 victory over Pocahontas Area-Pomeroy/Palmer Tuesday night. However, the E-Hawks fell by a 7-4 tally to Spencer in Lakes Conference action Monday night to move to 0-2 in league play, but 3-3 overall with Tuesday’s win.
Opening the week by hosting Spencer on Monday night, Emmetsburg retired the Tigers in order in the first and then plated a run off a walk of Ryan Kliegl, who would score off an RBI?single from Tyler Henderson for a 1-0 lead.
Spencer would answer in the second with two runs off a double and single and a pair of walks after the E-Hawks had turned a double play to start the inning.
Trailing 2-1, Emmetsburg would get Bobby Gappa on base off a single, but left him waiting when the inning ended.
The Tigers plated a run in the top of the third of a walk and a pair of base hits before being retired to take a 3-1 advantage. Emmetsburg would go down in order to end the third frame.
Spencer would plate two more runs in the top of the fourth inning, using a pair of base hits and a double along with a walk to score the runs. Now trailing 5-1, Emmetsburg was looking for something to get their offense out of neutral. Tyler Henderson would lead off with a base rap, but Jake Carlson was struck out for the first out. Taylor Wegner would be put out at first with Henderson moving to second, but the E-Hawk would be left waiting when Gappa was struck out to end the inning.
Spencers would come up empty-handed in the top of the fifth, but Emmetsburg would go down in order in their opportunity. The Tigers would tack on two insurance runs in the top of the sixth, as starting pitcher Jake Carlson gave up a walk before being relieved by Brady Berkland. Berkland would get a strikeout, but then surrendered a solo home run shot before ending the at-bat with a strikeout.
Now trailing 7-1, Emmetsburg managed to find their offense in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Kliegl drew a walk to lead off and moved around to score off a double from Jake Jackson. A strikeout of Henderson was followed by a walk to Carlson before Wegner hit a fly ball for the second out that scored Jackson’s run. A single for Bobby Gappa allowed Carlson to score before Jon Leuer was put out to end the inning.
Spencer would face Jake Jackson on the hill in the final inning, and managed to put two runners on base off a walk and a hit batsman, but left the duo waiting. The E-hawks would be unable to match their effort in the sixth and went down in order to end the contest in the league loss.
Carlson was charged with the loss, surrendering six runs off eight hits with five strikeouts and six walks in five and a third innings. Berkland allowed one run off one hit with two strikeouts in his two-thirds of a inning of work and Jake Jackson surrendered a walk in his inning of work.
Emmetsburg got a pair of hits from Henderson and Gappa each, while Jake Jackson added a double.
Traveling to Pocahontas on Tuesday night, the E-Hawks sent Taylor Wegner to the hill to face the Indians in a very windy non-conference contest.
Emmetsburg would lead off with Brady Berkland being hit by the first pitch of the game, before Ryan Kliegl struck out. Jake Jackson would get on off a dropped fly ball as Berkland scored off the miscue and a sacrifice by Henderson allowed Jackson to plate his run for a 2-0 lead.
The Indians would reply in kind in the bottom of the first, using an error and a pair of base hits to plate two runs before Wegner collected a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.
Both teams would trade outs in the second inning, going down in order. In the top of the third, Emmetsburg’s Joe Jackson got on base off an error and was follow by Berkland with a single. Kliegl struck out, but Jake Jackson rapped out a single to score Joe Jackson before Henderson issued his second sac to score Berkland before the at-bat ended.
The Indians came back to plate three runs off a triple and a double, along with two walks, giving them a 5-4 lead at the end of three frames.
The E-Hawks refused to give up in the top of the fourth inning, but got off to a rocky start. Bobby Gappa led off with a base hit, but was doubled up when Taylor Wegner hit a line shot to the shortstop, who stepped on second and relayed to first for the double play.
With two out, DH Luke Jackson drew a walk, but moved to second off Joe Jackson’s base hit. A walk for Berkland loaded the sacks and a walk of Kliegl brought Luke Jackson over the plate to tie the score. Jake Jackson would step up and drilled a single that allowed both Joe Jackson and Berkland to score their runs to push Emmetsburg back to a 7-5 lead.
The see-saw contest would continue, though, as the Indians came back in their half of the fourth inning and tied the game up with a pair of runs off a single and a triple.
The fans were getting their money’s worth as the two teams battled, but Emmetsburg retook the lead in the top of the fifth when Bobby Gappa got on with a single with one out. Gappa moved to second off a fly ball and scored off Luke Jackson’s double for an 8-7 lead. The Indians would draw a blank in the bottom of the fifth, leaving a batter stranded in a hitless at-bat.
The E-Hawks would erupt for three runs in the top of the sixth, as Kliegl, Jake Jackson and Henderson all had singles, with Henderson’s hit scoring his two teammates. Courtesy Runner Jacob Kibbie would come around to score off a single from Wegner before the at-bat ended for an 11-7 lead. The Indians wouldn’t go away, scoring three runs in their half of the sixth, using three base hits and an error to make the score 11-10 to start the seventh.
Emmetsburg would go down two outs to start before Kliegl got a base hit, but was left waiting at second. Now it was up to the defense. Wegner, still on the hill, got a strikeout, but walked the second batter. A chopper to Henderson at first was fielded for the second out, but with the tying run at third, a one hopper to Jake Jackson at short was fielded and thrown to first, where Henderson pulled the ball in a step before the runner reached to record the out and the win.
Wegner would get the win, going the distance, giving up 10 runs off nine hits with eight strikeouts and five walks.
The E-Hawks were led by Jake Jackson, Kliegl and Gappa with two hits each, while Luke Jackson had a double. Joe Jackson, Wegner and Berkland all had base hits in the win.