Boys Of Summer Split In League Matchups
Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks earned a split in Lakes Conference baseball action at the end of last week, falling on Wednesday night in a 3-0 heartbreaker to Western Christian, but then coming from behind on Friday night to defeated Cherokee by a 4-3 tally.
Against Western Christian on Wednesday, the two ballclubs engaged in a defensive struggle through six and two-thirds innings, as Taylor Wegner and the E-Hawks kept Western Christian at bay through the seventh inning. But with two outs, an error and walks would combine to allow the Wolfpack to score three runs that Emmetsburg could not answer in their final at-bat.
Smarting from the loss on Friday, Emmetsburg traveled to Cherokee to take on the Braves and had to rally from a 3-2 deficit to earn the win, which improves the E-Hawks to 2-3 in Lakes Conference play.
Emmetsburg opened play on Friday with a pair of outs before Jake Jackson got on base off a single, but was picked off at second to end the at-bat.
The Braves would put two runners on base in the bottom of the first off a single and a hit batter, but left the pair stranded.
The E-Hawks let off the top of the second with Taylor Wegner rapping out a single and being followed by Jake Carlson with a base knock. A single from Joe Jackson and an error allowed Wegner to score and a sacrifice fly to right field from Luke Jackson brought Carlson over the plate before the at-bat ended.
Cherokee would get a leadoff single in the bottom of the second, but was picked off on a steal attempt before pitcher Ryan Kliegl got a pair of strikeouts.
The E-Hawks led off the third with Brady Berkland getting a base hit and Ryan Kliegl duplicating the effort. Jake Jackson hit a fly ball for the first out and Berkland was thrown out on a steal attempt at third before Taylor Wegner struck out to end the at-bat.
Cherokee would plate a pair of runs to tie the game in the bottom of the third inning, using a pair of walks and a single.
Jake Carlson led off the fourth with a base hit for the E-Hawks, but was left waiting at first as the next three batters were retired in order. The Braves would get a single and a walk to put two runners on base, but also left them waiting for a way home as the E-Hawk defense made the stop to end the inning.
In the top of the fifth, Emmetsburg went down in order, but Cherokee suffered a similar fate, but with one walk leaving a runner stranded.
Jake Jackson led off the sixth for Emmetsburg with a single but was thrown out at second on a fielders’ choice of Taylor Wegner’s at-bat. Jake Carlson was walked, but again the two E-Hawks were left waiting for a way to come home.
The Braves got a lead off single and scored the run off an error before the inning ended.
Trailing 3-2 in their final at-bat, the E-Hawks had to get something going. Greg Wesley led off with a double before Aaron Bird was put out at first. Brady Berkland drew a walk and was followed on base by Ryan Kliegl and Jake Jackson to score Wesley’s run to tie the game at 3-3.
A fielders’ choice on Taylor Wagner’s at-bat got Jake Jackson at second, but Brady Berkland was able to cross the plate for the go-ahead run before Jake Carlson struck out to end the opportunity.
Now it was up to the defense. Ryan Kliegl issued a walk to the lead off batter, but a pop fly got the first out before a second walk was issued. However, Kliegl then dialed up a pair of strikeouts to end the game and preserve the E-Hawk victory.
Kliegl got the win, allowing three runs off five hits with six walks and 13 strikeouts.
For the E-Hawks, Greg Wesley had a double , while Jake Jackson and Jake Carlson both had two hits. Brady Berkland, Ryan Kliegl and Taylor Wegner all added hits to the winning effort.