Boys Of Summer Struggle In Setbacks
Emmetsburg’s E-Hawk baseball team dropped four straight games to close out a busy week of action, including a pair of Lakes Conference setbacks. The losses drop the E-Hawks to 3-7 overall and 0-4 in league play.
On Wednesday, Emmetsburg lost a 14-1 decision to LeMars in league play. After a scoreless first inning, LeMars would post five runs in the top of the second inning, using four walks and a base hit along with an error to tally the scores. The E-Hawks would draw a walk and a base hit in their half of the inning, but would be held scoreless.
The two teams traded outs through the third inning and into the fourth, but the E-Hawks would erase their goosegg in the bottom of the fourth when Bobby Gappa rapped out a single and was scored off a double by DH?Luke Jackson for a 5-1 score.
The fifth inning was a wash, but in the top of the sixth, LeMars plated a run for a 6-1 advantage going into the seventh frame. Then the floodgates opened. A total of eight runs would come over the plate as three walks, two doubles, three singles and an error helped bring the runs home. The E-Hawks would be retired in order to end the game.
Ryan Kliegl took the loss, allowing nine runs off five hits, with six strikeouts and nine walks. Brady Berkland relieved and gave up five runs off four hits with three walks and one strikeout.
Emmetsburg got a double and single from Luke Jackson and singles from Bobby Gappa and Tyler Henderson.
Traveling to Hull on Friday, the E-Hawks were on the wrong end of a 9-3 loss to Western Christian. Emmetsburg would plate a run in the first as Ryan Kliegl scored off a stolen base, but Western would answer with five runs in the bottom of the first off a single and a base hit, along with a wild pitch and an error.
An exchange of outs filled the second and in the third, Kliegl scored again with an out off a single by Jake Jackson to cut the deficit to 5-2. After trading outs the rest of the third and fourth, Kliegl scored his third run in the top of the fifth, off a single from Tyler Henderson. But Western would tack on four runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth to take the 9-3 lead that would hold to end the contest.
Jake Jackson took the loss, going the distance and allowing nine runs off six hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.
Emmetsburg got base hits from Ryan Kliegl, Jake Jackson, Tyler Henderson and Brady Berkland in the loss.
On Saturday, the E-Hawks hosted their own tournament with Okoboji and Alta-Aurelia. In the first game, Okoboji gained a measure of revenge for a loss to the E-Hawks on Tuesday night by taking a 3-2 win over Emmetsburg.
The E-Hawks scored in the first as Jake Jackson scored off an RBI?single from Tyler Henderson. Okoboji would tie the score in the second and the game remained deadlocked through the fourth until Okoboji plated a run off a trio of base hits for a 2-1 lead.
After exchanging outs in the fifth, Okoboji scored a run in the sixth for a 3-1 lead, but in the seventh, Emmetsburg tried to answer. Brady Berkland got on off a base hit and came around to score off a sacrifice by Mike Myers, but the rally would be snuffed out for the 3-2 setback.
Berkland took the loss, as he gave up three runs off six hits with five strikeouts and two walks. The E-Hawks got hits from Jake Jackson, Tyler Henderson, Brady Berkland, Taylor Wegner and Mike Myers.
In their final game of the week, Emmetsburg fell to Alta-Aurelia by a 9-2 score.
Emmetsburg scored a run in the first inning as Ryan Kliegl came over the plate off a Jake Jackson sacrifice, but the Warriors would answer with three runs of their own for a 3-1 advantage after the first frame.
The E-Hawks answered with a run of their own in the second, as Taylor Wegner rapped out a solo home run to lead off the at-bat for Emmetsburg, but Alta-Aurelia would answer with another run in their half to make the score 4-2.
The Warriors tacked on a run in the third as Emmetsburg went down in order and then put two more scores over the plate in the fourth inning. Emmetsburg would get Jake Carlson to third base in the fourth, but left him waiting when the at-bat ended.
Alta-Aurelia would not score in the fifth inning, while Emmetsburg tried to mount a rally with two outs. Jake Jackson hit a single and got to third off a base hit by Tyler Henderson, but the duo would be stranded when Brady Berkland was struck out.
Alta-Aurelia would strand a runner in their half of the sixth inning, but the same fate would befall the E-Hawks, when designated hitter Luke Jackson got on off a fielders’ choice that put his predecessor, Jake Carlson, out at second on the play.
In the seventh inning, Alta-Aurelia would get a pair of base hits before an error would help bring two more runs over the plate for a 9-2 score when the at-bat ended.
Emmetsburg tried to come up with some late inning magic, as with one out, Bobby Gappa and Jake Jackson had back-to-back singles. A strikeout of Tyler Henderson brough up Berkland, who would be called out on strikes to end the game.
Jake Carlson was charged with the loss, as he surrendered the nine runs off eight hits with nine strikeouts and four walks. The E-Hawks got a home run from Taylor Wegner, and two singles each from Jake Jackson and Tyler Henderson, while Luke Jackson, Jake Carlson and Bobby Gappa all added base hits to the effort.
The season on the diamond rolls along as the E-Hawks hosted Cherokee in Lakes Conference action Monday before hosting Newell-Fonda in a non-conference tilt tonight (Tuesday). The Midgets of Estherville Lincoln Central will visit Emmetsburg on Wednesday night before the E-Hawks cap off another busy week with a make-up game on Thursday night at Algona with the Bulldogs.