E-Hawks Split Weeks’Contests On Diamond
LEMARS After being postponed from a week earlier, Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks made the long road trip to LeMars on Tuesday night and fell in a 20-10 decision to LeMars. The loss dropped Emmetsburg to 10-12 overall and ends their Lakes Conference season at 3-11.
After a scoreless first inning, the two teams would load the bases in their opportunities of the second but couldn’t produce any runs.
Emmetsburg broke the ice in the third as Dillon VanOosbree would score after being walked. A single from Taylor Wegner brought Joe Jackson home, and a walk of Jacob Kibbie gave Greg Wesley a free pass score. Aaron Bird was walked to bring Jake Jackson home, but Emmetsburg would leave three on base.
LeMars would use a combination of errors and well-placed hits to push 13 runs over the plate before being retired to take a 13-4 lead.
Luke Jackson, Greg Wesley and Joe Jackson would all score a run in the fourth to cut the margin to 13-7. The Bulldogs would add three runs in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 16-7.
Aaron Bird doubled in the fifth and scored off an error. Luke Jackson would score a run but Emmetsburg still trailed 16-9. LeMars would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 18-9 to start the sixth inning.
Greg Wesley singled to open the sixth for the E-Hawks and was followed by Taylor Wegner drawing a walk. An error allowed Wesley to score his run, which would be the only score for the E-Hawks in that inning.
LeMars would lead off with back-to-back doubles to score one run, before a pair of walks loaded the bases with one out, but a wild pitch would allow the game-winning run to come home to end the game on the 10-run rule with the 20-10 final score.
Emmetsburg went through four hurlers in the contest, with Luke Jackson starting and going two and a third innings, giving up three runs off four hits with two walks. Taylor Wegner pitched a third of an inning and gave up five runs off two hits with three walks and one strikeout. Dillon VanOosbree pitched a third of an inning and surrendered five runs off three hits, including a home run, with one walk and Greg Wesley finished the final two and a third innings, allowing seven runs, all earned, off five hits with five walks and two strikeouts.
Aaron Bird had a double to lead the offense, while Greg Wesley and Jacob Kibbie both had two hits, while Dillon VanOosbree, Luke Jackson, Jake Jackson, Joe Jackson and Taylor Wegner all had hits.
Win On Wednesday
GARNER After a high-scoring affair on Tuesday night, Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks battled to hold off a pesky Garner-Hayfield/Ven-tura club Wednesday night to claim a 6-5 victory. The win improved the E-hawks to 11-12 on the season.
Emmetsburg would go down a pair of outs to start the game on Wednesday, but got a triple from Jake Jackson, only to leave the senior waiting at third. The host Cardinals would get a run in their half of the first to take a 1-0 lead. In the second, Emmetsburg would leave Jacob Kibbie and Zach Anderson waiting for a way home. Garner-Hayfield/Ventura would get a pair of singles but left their runners waiting.
Dillon VanOosbree led off the third with a singled but was put out on a fielder’s choice that stranded Luke Jackson.
The Cardinals would push two runs over the plate in their half of the inning to boost their lead to 3-0.
Emmetsburg found their bats in the fourth as Joe Jackson and Taylor Wegner both drew walks before Jacob Kibbie singled. Zach Anderson struck out, but Aaron Bird singled to drive in Joe Jackson. Dillon VanOosbree would line out for the second out, but Luke Jackson was hit by a pitch to give Taylor Wegner the free pass home for a 3-2 score.
But with the bases juiced, Jake Jackson took a pitch over the left field fence for the base-clearing Grand Slam that suddenly threw the game momentum into Emmetsburg’s hands with a6-3 lead when Greg Wesley flew out.
Now trailing by three, the Cardinals battled back with a pair of scores to cut Emmetsburg’s lead to 6-5.
The two teams would trade outs and strand runners in the fifth and sixth innings, and in the seventh it was more of the same as the E-Hawks hung on to take the win.
Luke Jackson got the win, going four innings and giving up five runs, one earned, off six hits, with a pair of walks and a strikeout. Taylor Wegner relieved the final three innings and allowed just one hit off one walk with five strikeouts.
The E-Hawks were led by Jake Jackson’s Grand Slam and triple, while Zach Anderson added a double. Jacob Kibbie had two hits, while Dillon VanOosbree, Greg Wesley and Aaron Bird all had singles in the win.
Edged On Thursday
ALGONA The final regular-season game of the2013 campaign turned into a disappointment for Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks as they were handed a 5-3 loss by Algona’s Bulldogs on Thursday night. The loss ends the regular season with an 11-13 mark.
The two clubs would trade outs in the opening inning. In the top of the second, Greg Wesley led off with a walk, but a pair of outs would ensue before Jacob Kibbie drew a walk. On Zach Anderson’s at-bat, a wild pitch moved Wesley and Kibbie into scoring position before Anderson tapped a ground ball single that would allow Wesley to score his run, but Kibbie and Anderson were left waiting when the opportunity ended. Algona would get a leadoff single but left their runner waiting again to end the second trailing 1-0.
Emmetsburg would go down two outs to start the third, but Jake Jackson drew a walk and was followed on base by Greg Wesley with a walk, only to have both E-Hawks left waiting when Joe Jackson struck out. But Algona would fare worse, as they were retired in order, even after getting a single, but having the runner thrown out at second on a steal attempt to end the inning.
Taylor Wegner led off the fourth with a base hit and pinch runner Wes Schultes, advanced to second off a sacrifice by Jacob Kibbie. Zach Anderson would draw a walk, but was put out at second on a fielder’s choice of Aaron Bird’s at-bat. With two away, Dillon VanOosbree stepped up and pounded an RBI double to left field, which allowed Schultes to race home for the score. Luke Jackson would follow up with a walk to load the bases, but Luke Jackson was put out at second on Jake Jackson’s fielders’ choice to end the at-bat.
Algona went down two quick outs, but then used walks to take a 3-2 lead at the end of the inning.
Emmetsburg went down two outs in the fifth, but got a single from Taylor Wegner, who would be left waiting when Jacob Kibbie grounded out. Algona would suffer a similar fate, getting a single with one out, but leaving the batter waiting when the inning ended.
In the top of the sixth, Emmetsburg would be retired in order. The Bulldogs would use an error to push two runs over the plate to pull away for a 5-2 lead.
The E-Hawks were down to their final batting opportunity unless they could tie the game up. Luke Jackson flew out to lead off, Jake Jackson would get a base hit to left before Greg Wesley struck out for the second out. Joe Jackson would single and Taylor Wegner added a base hit that would let Jake Jackson score a run.
But with Joe Jackson at second and Taylor Wegner at first base, Jacob Kibbie grounded out to end the game.
Dillon VanOosbree would go the distance on the hill for the E-Hawks, surrendering five runs off five hits in his six innings of work, with four walks and five strikeouts. Offensively, Dillon VanOosbree would hit a double, while Taylor Wegner had three singles and Joe Jackson and Jake Jackson both added base hits to the effort.