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E-Hawks Split At Own Invitational Tournament

By Staff | Jun 12, 2012

GOTCHA! - Luke Jackson makes a tag on an Alta-Aurelia runner during a steal attempt at third base during play in Saturday’s Tournament games. Emmetsburg would finish with a 1-1 mark in the tournament. -- Dan Voigt photo

The Emmetsburg E-Hawks earned a 1-1 split during their play in their own tournament on Saturday. The E-Hawks would fall to Alta-Aurelia, but came back to earn a measure of revenge with a win over Okoboji in the final game of the day. The wins give the E-Hawks an overall season mark of 5-6.

Opening the tournament on Saturday morning, the E-Hawks met up with their final opponent from the 2011 campaign, Alta-Aurelia, who eliminated the E-Hawks from post season play.

The E-Hawks got off to a good start early, as they put two runs on the scoreboard in their half of the first inning. Brady Berkland got on base off an error and was followed on base by Jake Jackson, who was walked. Berkland would score his run off an error on a pickoff attempt on Jackson at second base, and Jackson would come over the plate to score off a fielder’s choice on Taylor Wegner’s at bat.

The Warriors would get a pair of singles in their half of the inning, but left one runner stranded following a pickoff throw from catcher Jake Carlson to shortstop Brady Berkland covering second.

The two teams traded outs in the second inning and Emmetsburg went down in order in their half of the third, but Alta-Aurelia managed to plate a run in the third after a batter was hit by a Jake Jackson pitch and scored off a double to make the score 2-1.

Emmetsburg would be retired in order in the fourth, as the Warriors would tie the score off a single and a pair of sacrifice hits.

In the fifth inning, Emmetsburg would get Jacob Kibbie on base after he was hit by a pitch, but left him stranded.

Alta-Aurelia took advantage of walks in their half of the fifth inning as they would push five runs over the plate off four walks and two errors with one base hit.

Now trailing 7-2 in the sixth inning, Emmetsburg would go down two outs but got back-to-back singles from taylor Wegner and Joe Jackson, but the duo was stranded to end the opportunity.

The Warriors would score four runs off four walks, with a pair of singles and a home run shot to put the game on ice.

The E-Hawks had a final chance, but could only get Jacob Kibbie on base off a walk and left him waiting when the at-bat ended. Alta-Aurelia would get two walks and left the runners waiting to end the game in the 11-2 E-Hawk loss.

Jake Jackson and Brady Berkland shared the loss on the hill, giving up 11 runs off nine hits, with four strikeouts and 11 walks. For the E-Hawks, Taylor Wegner had a single with an RBI, while Joe Jackson had the other hit.

The E-Hawks would then face Okoboji for the final contest of the day and dealt the Pioneers a little payback for a loss on May 31 with a 10-4 decision.

Okoboji would take the early lead with a run off a pair of hits, but in the bottom of the first inning, Emmetsburg answered as Brady Berkland got on base off an error and came around to score off a single from Jake Carlson to tie the game at 1-1.

Okoboji would get a double in the second, but couldn’t do anything with the runner.

The E-Hawks would also strand their only runner in the inning as Luke Jackson was walked and left waiting at first when the second frame ended.

Okoboji would get a single in the top of the third, but again left their runner looking for a way home.

Brady Berkland led off with a walk and was followed by a single from Jake Carlson. Jake Jackson was hit by a pitch, but Berkland was thrown out at home.

However, a single by Taylor Wegner allowed both Carlson and Jackson to plate their runs and Wegner would advance to third after a walk by Greg Wesley before the pair were stranded when the inning ended.

The Pioneers led off the fourth with a single and managed to score the run to cut Emmetsburg’s lead to a 3-2. The E-Hawks would get Berkland and Carlson on base off an error and single, but left the pair waiting when the at-bat ended.

In the top of the fifth, Okoboji got a lead-off single, but had the runner thrown out at second on a steal attempt, and would go down in order after that.

Emmetsburg led off with Taylor Wegner rapping out a double and coming around to score off Greg Wesley’s double. Wesley would score off a base rap by Jacob Kibbie, but Kibbie and Luke Jackson were stranded to end the inning.

Now trailing 5-2, Okoboji would plate a run in their half of the sixth off an error and double, but stranded two runners in the process. The E-Hawks would go on a tear in the bottom of the sixth, leading off with Jake Carlson and Jake Jackson both singling. Taylor Wegner was walked before Joe Jackson got on base off an error that scored Carlson and Jake Jackson scored off a walk of Greg Wesley.

Taylor Wegner would score off a sacrifice fly by Luke Jackson and Joe Jackson came home off an error and Wesley scored an error at third before the inning ended.

Okoboji managed to add one final run to their coffers in the top of the seventh but it was too little too late as the E-Hawks celebrated the victory.

Jake Carlson got the win, giving up four runs, three earned, off seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

The E-Hawks got a double and single from Taylor Wegner and a double from Greg Wesley, while Jake Carlson had four singles and Jacob Kibbie, Joe Jackson, Jake Jackson and Brady Berkland all added hits to the effort.