E-Hawks Drop Pair To Storm Lake
It almost took a month, but Emmetsburg and Storm Lake finally completed a baseball game that started on June 1 and ended on Monday night, June 20. However, the delay wasn’t to the E-Hawks’ advantage, as they were shutout 10-0 in five innings in the makeup contest, and then lost the second dip of the doubleheader 11-2.
The setbacks move Emmetsburg to 0-8 in the Lakes Conference and 4-11 overall.
The doubleheader on Monday came about after Emmetsburg had traveled to Storm Lake on June 1 and started a contest with the Tornadoes, playing two innings before lightning and a thunderstorm forced the suspension of the contest. When the game was stopped, Emmetsburg trailed the Tornadoes by a 6-0 tally, after Storm Lake had scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning off a pair of walks and an error and then added four more runs in the bottom of the second off a double, triple, two singles and a walk for the 6-0 lead.
Picking up where they’d left off on Monday night, the E-Hawks went down in order in th third, but exchanged the favor with the Tornadoes.
In the fourth, Emmetsburg led off with Ryan Kliegl drawing a walk and was followed on base by Jake Carlson got a base hit and Taylor Wegner was hit by a pitch, but Kliegl was put out after a fly ball and courtesy runner Jacob Kibbie and Wegner were stranded to end the at-bat.
Storm Lake led off with a fly ball and then scored two runs in their half of the inning before the E-Hawk defense came to bear and took an 8-0 lead.
In the fifth, Emmetsburg went down with two quick outs before Brady Berkland got on base off a single, but was thrown out to end the at-bat.
The Tornadoes would score two runs in their at bat to end the contest via the 10-run rule.
Jake Carlson was tagged with the loss, as he gave up the 10 runs off seven hits with three strikeouts and four walks.
For Emmetsburg, Taylor Wegner, Jake Carlson, Tyler Henderson and Brady Berkland all tallied hits in the loss.
Moving into the second game, the Tornadoes put two runs on the scoreboard in the top of the first off a pair of hits and two walks, but Emmetsburg answered when Jake Jackson got a single and came around to score to make the score 2-1 after one inning.
Storm Lake would strand a runner in the second and Emmetsburg went down in order. In the third frame. the Tornadoes added a run off three walks and a fielders’ choice, but the E-Hawks would go down in order.
The Tornadoes blew two runs over the plate in their half of the fourth off four hits, but all the E-Hawks could manage was a single from Tyler Henderson that would lead pinch runner Aaron Bird waiting on base when the inning ended.
Holding 5-1 advantage to start the fifth, Storm Lake got a pair of singles, but left a runner waiting in their at-bat, while th E-Hawks got a single from Bobby Gappa, only to leave him at second when the inning ended.
Another pair of runs would cross the plate in the top of the sixth for the Tornadoes for a 7-1 lead. The E-Hawks would get one back when Brady Berkland rapped out a single and moved around to score after singles from Ryan Kliegl and Jake Jackson before Tyler Henderson issued the RBI single., but the inning ended before Emmetsburg could do anymore damage.
A pitching change to start the seventh saw Taylor Wegner leave the hill for the E-Hawks and Jake Jackson took over. The change couldn’t stop the Tornadoes, as they would add four more runs in the contest to take an 11-2 lead before the game ended.
Taylor Wegner took the loss, giving up seven runs, four earned, off six hits in six innings of work, with five strikeouts and nine walks. Jackson gave up four runs in the final frame off four hits, including a home run, with one strikeout and a walk.
For the E-Hawks, Brady Berkland, Jake Jackson and Tyler Henderson all had two hits, while Ryan Kliegl and Bobby Gappa each added a single.
After having their game on Tuesday cancelled due to rain, the E-Hawks were scheduled to host Spirit Lake on Wednesday night before closing out their week tonight (Thursday) at Spencer.