E-Hawks Take Pair Of Non-Conference Wins, Move To .500 On Year
POCAHONTAS – The E-Hawks of Emmetsburg would go toe-to-toe with the Indians of Pocahontas Area on Thursday night and came home with a 14-13 win in non-conference action.
The E-Hawks would take an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first, as Luke Jackson, Jake Jackson and Taylor Wegner all scored runs with two outs before the side was retired. But, the Indians would get a leadoff triple that would eventually score to make the score 3-1 at the end of the first. In the second, Emmetsburg would strand three on base. Pocahontas Area would get one more run back in their half of the inning with two outs to make the score 3-2.
Emmetsburg would once again leave runners on base in the top of the third. The Indians took the lead in the bottom of the third, pushing three runs over the plate off a pair of singles before Emmetsburg’s defense made the stop, stranding three runners, but taking a 5-3 lead.
In the top of the fourth, Emmetsburg would answer with three runs of their own. Luke Jackson scored off an error and Jake Jackson would also score off a single. Greg Wesley would also come home off a fielders’ choice.
Trailing 6-5, the Indians battled back to score three runs off a pair of singles and a double before the defense made the stop. With Emmetsburg trailing 6-8 to start the fifth, the E-Hawks got runs from Schultes, running for Dillon VanOosbree and Aaron Bird. Luke Jackson scored before Zach Anderson stepped to the plate and pounded out a double to score both Wegner and Joe Jackson to give the E-Hawks an 11-8 lead when the at-bat ended.
But the Indians refused to give up. In their half of the fifth, they added two runs off a single after a defensive interference call against the E-Hawks.
In the top of the sixth, the E-Hawks grabbed three more scores with a run from VanOosbree off a double by Luke Jackson. Aaron Bird would cross the plate off a single from Wegner, and Luke Jackson would come home as well off Wegner’s hit for a 14-10 lead. But the Indians couldn’t answer in their half of the inning, as they were struck out in order.
But Emmetsburg would go down in order in their half of the seventh and settled in to play defense. Pocahontas Area came up and got a double to score one run before a single scored a pair of runs with two outs. But, with one runner waiting at third, a ground ball out ended the game in the narrow escape for the E-Hawks.
Jake Jackson would go four innings on the hill, allowing eight runs, seven earned, off nine hits, with five walks and six strikeouts. Luke Jackson went the final three frames, allowing five runs, all earned, off six hits, with one walk and five strikeouts.
For the E-Hawks, Zach Anderson and Luke Jackson each had doubles, while Joe Jackson, Aaron Bird, Greg Wesley, Taylor Wegner and Dillon VanOosbree all had hits.
Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks would go on to earn a 5-0 win over the Warriors of Alta-Aurelia during action in the E-Hawk Baseball Tournament on Saturday, June 8. The tournament would be called, however, midway through the second game with Okoboji and Newell-Fonda due to rain and will not be made up.
The game opened with the Warriors being retired in order by the E-Hawks. In the bottom of the first, the E-Hawks took a 2-0 lead as Dillon VanOosbree and Jake Jackson would score runs before the E-Hawks were retired.
Alta-Aurelia went down in order in the top of the second, and Emmetsburg went down two outs before leaving Max Dunlap waiting on base after a walk when the side was retired.
The Warriors got a baserunner in the top of the third on an error with two out, but the runner would be left waiting at first. Emmetsburg would go down in order in their half of the inning. Once again, though, the Warriors were retired in order by solid defense from the E-Hawks.
In the bottom of the fourth, Emmetsburg would go down two outs to start, but got a run from Taylor Wegner’s courtesy runner Wes Schultes, who would score on the error for a 3-0 lead.
Alta-Aurelia got a runner on base off an error, but he became the third out of the at-bat when he was caught stealing. In the bottom of the fifth, Jake Jackson singled and Greg Wesley would plate runs to give the E-Hawks a 5-0 lead.
The Warriors would leave a runner on base in the top of the sixth and Emmetsburg would duplicate the feat when they were retired on a double play to end the sixth. The game would end when the Warriors were put out with a runner on base to end the game.
Taylor Wegner got the win in relief of Luke Jackson on the hill. Jackson went three innings and pitched a no-hitter with three strikeouts. Wegner finished the final four innings, giving up one hit but striking out 11 batters in the process.
Jake Jackson and Greg Wesley both had two base hits in the win, while Dillon VanOosbree, Joe Jackson, Jake Kibbie and Taylor Wegner all added base hits to the winning effort.
The win improves the E-Hawks to 4-4 overall on the season. Emmetsburg was slated to host Estherville Lincoln Central on Monday and Newell-Fonda on Tuesday, followed by Storm Lake on Wednesday night. On Saturday, June 15, the E-Hawks will play in the West Hancock tournament at Britt.