E-Hawks Struggle In Setbacks
Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks struggled in Lakes Conference contests at the end of last week, After a 14-1 loss to Western Christian on Wednesday night, Emmetsburg made up a game with Spirit Lake on Thursday night that ended in an 8-1 loss to the Indians.
The week ended on a down note as Emmetsburg would travel to Cherokee on Friday night and battle the Braves tough before falling 12-10 to fall to 4-17 overall and 0-13 in the conference.
Shaking off the loss to Western Christian on Wednesday, the E-Hawks faced off against Spirit Lake and watched the Indians grab a solo home run off starter Luke Jackson in the first, but the E-Hawks answered witha run of their own in the first as Ryan Kliegl would score off a passed ball after hitting a single to tie the game at 1-1.
The two teams traded outs in the second and third innings, with Emmetsburg stranding Jake Carlson in the second off a fielders’ choice and Brady Berkland and Jon Leuer in the third.
The Indians plated two runs in the top of the fourth off back-to-back errors to take a 3-1 advantage.
Emmetsburg opened the bottom of the fourth with Jake Jackson hitting a single. A double by Luke Jackson was followed by a walk for Jake Carlson to load the sacks. Jon Leuer stepped to the plate and attempted to lay down a bunt as Jackson took off from third on the suicide squeeze play.
Spirit Lake catcher Cody Poock jostled Leuer out of the way to get to the pitch for the tag as Jackson slid into the plate, but the umpire ruled Jackson out due to batter interference. Despite a strong argument, the call stood, and on the next pitch, Leuer fouled the ball off the plate and it rebounded up to strike him in the face. Leuer left the game and would not return.
In the top of the fifth, Spirit Lake added five more runs off a two-run homer, a single, a pair of walks and an error. Now trailing 8-1, Emmetsburg would go down in order, and both teams went down in order in the sixth and seventh, while the E-Hawks would strand two to end the game.
Luke Jackson took the loss, giving up eight runs, four earned, off four hits with six strikeouts and three walks with two home runs.
Jake Jackson and Brady Berkland had two hits each, while Luke Jackson had a double and Ryan Kliegl added a base hit to the effort.