Season Ends For Boys Of Summer
ALTA – The Second Season started and ended quickly for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks Saturday evening in the first round of Class 2A District baseball tournament action as they fell by a 13-1 tally to the warriors of Alta-Aurelia. The season concludes for the E-Hawks with a record of 5-19.
After earning a 12-8 makeup win over Newell-Fonda on Thursday evening, the E-Hawks were still trying to figure out a new lineup after the loss of Brady Berkland to burn injuries, according to Head Coach Mike Brennan.
“Brady stopped to see us this afternoon before we left – he’s sore and it’s going to be a long road for him, but we’re thankful it wasn’t any worse than it was.”
With the revamped lineup on Saturday, the E-Hawks knew they faced a tough assignment in the Warriors, who had defeated the field handily in the E-Hawk tournament back in June.
Alta-Aurelia would waste little time on Saturday, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning, despite a pair of walks by the E-Hawks’ Jake Jackson and Bobby Gappa in the top of the inning. The Warriors used a base hit and a pair of walks to load up the bases, but a double would score two runs before an out was earned. Another hit would end up sending a third run over the plate for the Warriors.
In the second, Emmetsburg got a walk for Joe Jackson but left him waiting when the at-bat ended. Alta -Aurelia would plate two more runs off a pair of walks, a double and a base hit to take a 5-0 lead into the third inning, despite a pitching change by the E-Hawks that brought Taylor Wegner to the hill in relief of starter Ryan Kliegl.
Emmetsburg went down two outs in the top of the third, but Ryan Kliegl drew a walk and stole second, only to be picked off on a throwdown to the shortstop to end the opportunity.
The Warriors added a run in their half of the third off a walk and an error for a 6-0 lead.
Emmetsburg finally got some offense in the top of the fourth, after Bobby Gappa was put out and Tyler Henderson struck out. With two down, Jake Carlson drew a walk, and courtesy runner Aaron Bird took over on the basepaths, moving to second off Taylor Wegner being hit by a pitch, A single from Designated Hitter Luke Jackson would bring Bird over the plate to score Emmetsburg’s run, but Jackson and courtesy runner Jacob Kibbie would be left stranded when Mike Myers was put out to end the at-bat.
Alta-Aurelia would go on a tear in the bottom of the fourth inning, sending 11 batters to the plate.A pair of singles were followed by a walk before Wegner got a strikeout. However, another walk would score a run and a base hit brought one more run over the plate as the E-Hawk defense tried to make the stops.
Wegner would hit the next batter, prompting Coach Brennan to call on Luke Jackson to take over on the mound. Jackson would surrender a walk and a double before the defense got the final two outs to end the extended at-bat.
Trailing 13-1 in the top of the fifth, the E-Hawks were retired in order to end the game and the season by the 10-run rule.
For Emmetsburg, Ryan Kliegl went one and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs, all earned, off five hits, with five walks and two strikeouts. Taylor Wegner went one and two-thirds innings, surrendering six runs, three earned, off three hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. Luke Jackson would throw the final two-thirds of an inning, giving up one run, earned, off one hit with one walk.
Emmetsburg was limited to a lone single from Luke Jackson in the season ender.