E-Hawks Suffer Early Exit From Post Season
A wise coach once said it was tough to beat a team three times in one season.
Unfortunately for Emmetsburg’s E-Hawk baseball team, that adage was played out on Saturday night. Emmetsburg saw their season ended by Estherville Lincoln Central in a 3-1 decision in Class 2A District tournament play. The loss ends Emmetsburg’s season with a record of 12 wins and 14 losses over and 6-8 in the Lakes Conference.
The loss was especially tough for the E-Hawks in that they had dominated two previous meetings with the Midges, winning in Estherville in early June by an 11-1 tally and then blanking the Midgets just eight days earlier in Emmetsburg by a 10-0 score.
Emmetsburg would lose the coin flip, which may have been a harbinger of things to come, and batted first as the visitors. Three quick outs were recorded as ELC pitcher Joe Clayton got a strikeout and a fly catch himself to help end the at-bat. The E-Hawk defense would come up and ELC led off with a walk.
A sacrifice would move the baserunner to second before the Midgets got a single. The leadoff runner moved to third and then attempted to steal home. The throw came back to E-Hawk catcher Jake Carlson, who quickly threw to third baseman Brady Berkland, who took off and ran down the runner just short of home for the second out.
The Midges would the tally a fielder’s choice before a second base hit to right field allowed two runs to score and give the Midgets a 2-0 lead to end the first inning.
In the top of the second, Taylor Wegner led off striking out , but Jake Jackson got on base off an error and would come around off a pair of singles from Greg Wesley and Joe Jackson before stealing home. However, Wesley would be thrown out at second on a steal attempt and Joe Jackson was left waiting when Luke Jackson hit a fly ball to center field to end the at-bat.
ELC?would lead off with a base hit, but a line drive back to Wegner on the mound turned into a double play to take the lead runner after Wegner turned and threw to Aaron Bird after his catch. A strikeout would end the Midgets’ inning with the lead now cut to 2-1.
Emmetsburg would be put out in order in the top of the third inning, while the Midgets managed a base hit with two outs, but left the runner waiting after a second strikeout ended the inning.
The E-Hawks put Ryan Kliegl on base off an error to lead off the fourth inning, and Kliegl quickly stole second before attempting to steal third after Wegner was called out on strikes and Jake Jackson struck out. ELC?catcher Evan Hansen made the throw to third in time to get Kliegl for the third out.
ELC?would lead off their half of the fourth with Tucker Milburn being hit by a pitch to get on base. A walk would follow before a fly ball for the first out and a sacrifice that would bring Milburn over the plate for a 3-1 lead when the inning ended.
Emmetsburg needed to make something happen soon as they started the fifth inning, but a fly out to short by Wesley and a put-out at first of Joe Jackson started the at-bat before Luke Jackson drew a walk. However, the free gift would be wasted wen Aaron Bird hit into a put-out at first to end the opportunity.
Estherville Lincoln Central would got down in order in their half of the fifth inning, giving the E-[Hawks continued hope as they moved to the top of the sixth. Brady Berkland would lead off with a solid base hit, stealing second and third base. Jake Carlson hit a foul fly for the first out, but Ryan Kliegl drew a walk and stole second to put the tying run in position with one out.
Taylor Wegner would strike out swinging, before Jake Jackson flew out to the pitcher to end the golden opportunity.
The Emmetsburg defense settled in once again in the bottom of the sixth inning and got three quick outs to retire the Midgets.
It was now or never for the E-Hawks as Greg Wesley led off the seventh. The left fielder got on base off a dropped fly in right field. Joe Jackson came up and belted a single into center field. Wesley moved to second and third, but as Jackson tried to stretch the hit into a double, he was thrown out at second.
Luke Jackson would strike out for the second out and the E-Hawks’ season came to a close as Aaron Bird hit a long ball into centerfield that was caught to end the ball game.
Taylor Wegner took the loss, going six innings, facing 25 batters in giving up three runs, two earned, off four hits, while walking three and striking out six.
Emmetsburg’s offense was led by Joe Jackson with two hits, while Brady Berkland and Greg Wesley both added hits.
The E-Hawks bid farewell to Brady Berkland, Jake Carlson and Ryan Kliegl as they played their final prep school game.