E-Hawks Finish Regular Season With Victory
Emmetsburg’s Boys of Summer wrapped up the regular season Thursday night with a 4-0 victory over Harris-Lake Park.
The E-Hawks would dominate the contest, as pitcher Luke Jackson would limit the Wolves to just three hits on the night.
After giving up a hit to the Wolves in the top of the first, Emmetsburg opened their half of the inning with Brady Berkland drawing a walk. A fielders’ choice and a single would bring Berkland home for a run before Taylor Wegner and Jake Jackson were both hit by pitches to load the bases, but the E-Hawks would leave Jackson, Wegner and Ryan Kliegl all looking for a way home to end the inning.
Harris-Lake Park would pick up a hit in the top of the second inning but once again left the runner stranded when the E-Hawk defense ended the at-bat.
The E-Hawks would get Aaron Bird on base after he was hit by a pitch and Brady Berkland came up with a base hit, but the two E-hawks would be stranded when the inning ended.
Harris-Lake Park would be retired in order in the top of the third inning, but as Emmetsburg came up to bat, Jake Jackson was hit by a pitch a second time before Joe Jackson was walked, but the two E-Hawks were left waiting to end the inning with Emmetsburg still clinging to a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Wolves got a runner on base off an error and a second runner off a fielders’ choice. But after a fly ball for the first out, Luke Jackson wheeled and fired to Berkland at third base for a pick off on a steal attempt and on the next at-bat, catcher Jake Carlson threw to Berkland to record another put out to end the opportunity for Harris-Lake Park.
Emmetsburg led of the bottom of the fourth with a strikeout by Aaron Bird before Brady Berkland was hit by a pitch. A fielders’ choice on Jake Carlson’s at-bat advanced Berkland to second before Ryan Kliegl smacked a single to plate Berkland. A fielders’ choice on Taylor Wegner’s at-bat saw Wegner put out at first, but a strikeout of Jake Jackson left Carlson and Kliegl stranded as the inning ended with Emmetsburg holding a 2-0 lead.
Harris-Lake Park was retired in order in the top of the fifth inning by the E-Hawk defense.
Greg Wesley led off the bottom of the fifth for the E-Hawks by drawing a walk, but quickly stole second base. Wesley moved to third off a wild pitch as Joe Jackson was struck out. Luke Jackson stepped up to the plate and singled to bring Wesley over the plate for a 3-0 lead. Aaron Bird would draw a walk, but he and Jackson would be left waiting when Berkland and Carlson were retired to end the inning.
Harris-Lake Park led off the sixth by getting on base off an error and following it up with a single, but the two runners were stranded when the rest of the order was retired in order.
The E-Hawks led off the bottom of the sixth with Ryan Kliegl being hit by a pitch. After a strikeout by Wegner, Jake Jackson smashed a double to the center field fence that would bring Kliegl over the plate for the 4-0 lead. Jackson would be left waiting for a way home when the inning ended.
The Wolves led off the seventh with a walk, but a fielders’ choice turned into a double play by the E-Hawk defense for two quick outs. A final strikeout would end the game in the E-Hawk victory.
Luke Jackson went the distance on the mound to collect the win, going seven innings and facing 27 batters and giving up just three hits, with one walk and five strikeouts.
For the E-Hawks, Jake Jackson had a double, while Ryan Kliegl had two hits and Brady Berkland added a single to the victorious effort