E-Hawks Battle Hard In Setback
After going down by four runs early on Monday night, Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks played hard and tried to battle back in a 7-2 loss to Cherokee. The setback dropped Emmetsburg to 0-5 in the Lakes Conference race and 3-8 overall on the season.
The visiting Braves quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as a leadoff home run started the offensive attack. A walk would be followed by a base hit and then a two-run homer before Emmetsburg’s defense could stop the skirmish.
The E-Hawks would get Ryan Kliegl on base after he was hit by a pitch, but Kliegl languished at third as the inning ended.
Emmetsburg’s defense played with spirit in the top of the second, retiring the Braves in order. Coming up to bat in their half of the inning, the E-Hawks went down by two outs, but Taylor Wegner collected a base hit , only to be left waiting when the side was retired.
Cherokee managed to collect a base hit in their half of the third frame, but good defense kept the Braves at bay once again. Emmetsburg came up in the bottom of the third and got a walk from Brady Berkland with one out, but the E-Hawks would be put out on the next to at-bats to end the inning with Emmetsburg still looking at a 4-0 deficit.
It was three up and three down for the Braves in the top of the fourth, but Emmetsburg managed to get a base hit from Bobby Gappa in their half of the inning, only to leave the senior waiting when the inning ended.
The Braves put a runner on base after being hit by a pitch, but stranded their runner to end their at-bat. In the bottom of the fifth, Emmetsburg would go down in order as a sense of urgency began to enter into the E-Hawks’ game plan.
Cherokee would get a runner on base in the top of the sixth off a throwing error, and a second error on the next batter would put a runner in scoring position at third. With one out and runners at second and third, the Braves got a key double that scored one run, but a fly ball to pitcher Jake Carlson would turn into a double play, as the batter was out on the infield fly and Carlson then threw to third baseman Taylor Wegner to put out the runner who had not tagged up on the popup to end the inning.
Now trailing 5-0, Emmetsburg needed to get something going in the worst way in the bottom of the sixth.
Ryan Kliegl was put out on an infield fly to second to lead off, while Jake Jackson hit into a putout at first base. With two away, Tyler Henderson came up with a base hit to take first base. Coach Mike Brennan sent pinch runner Jacob Kibbie to the bag and the move paid off for the E-Hawks.
Jake Carlson ripped out a single that allowed Kibbie to score the run, while Carlson moved to second base. An error at third base allowed Bobby Gappa to get on base, but with two runs waiting for a ride home, Taylor Wegner was struck out to end the inning.
Cherokee would bat in the top of the seventh and led off with a put out. After issuing a walk to the second batter, Carlson watched closely and fired to first baseman Tyler Henderson for a pickoff that worked to perfection for the second out. However, Carlson would walk the next batter, and then gave up a base hit.
With runners at second and third and two outs, Cherokee benefitted from a balk call on the E-Hawk hurler, which scored one run before a single brought the second run over the plate.
Now looking at a 7-1 deficit, Emmetsburg was looking for a silver lining in the clouds as they came up to bat. Designated hitter Luke Jackson led off with a single, and worked around to score as Joe Jackson struck out and Brady Berkland was walked. After Ryan Kliegl was called out on strikes, Jake Jackson managed to belt out a single, but would be left waiting as Berkland moved for second but got caught in a rundown to ultimately be put out by the second baseman to end the game.
Jake Carlson would take the loss on the hill for Emmetsburg, as he went 6 2/3 innings and surrendered seven runs, four earned, off seven hits, with one strikeout and four walks. Jake Jackson came in to pitch the final one-third of an inning.
Emmetsburg’s offense was led by Bobby Gappa with two base hits, while Luke Jackson, Taylor Wegener, Jake Carlson, Tyler Henderson and Jake Jackson all added base hits to the effort.