Season Ends For Emmetsburg In District Semi-Final
One word sums up the Emmetsburg E-Hawks’ season ending game Tuesday night as they fell 17-6 to Spirit Lake in the Class 2A District semi-final. The loss ends the season with a mark of 12-14 for the E-Hawks, who bid farewell to seniors Jake Jackson and Taylor Wegner.
With Emmetsburg winning the toss to be the home team, Spirit Lake struck early, getting a two-run home run shot with two outs before stranding a runner in their half of the first. The E-Hawks would strand a runner in the bottom of the first to trail 2-0.
The Indians plated a run in the top of the second off pair of singles while Emmetsburg struggled to get their offense going.
In the top of the third inning, Spirit Lake plated three runs, using a pair of walks and passed balls to score the runs, which prompted a pitching change for the E-Hawks. Starter Luke Jackson moved to third as senior Taylor wegner came to the mound to finish out the inning. But in their half of the inning, Emmetsburg would get a pair of hits, but left a runner stranded to end the inning trailing 6-0.
The top of the fourth inning was disastrous for the E-Hawks. The Indians had the magic touch, getting three walks and four hits that would score seven run before another pitching change was made, this time bringing Jake Jackson to the hill, while Luke Jackson took over the catching duties.
Jake Jackson would give up a walk and a single that scored a run before the E-Hawks could stop the Indian uprising, but by now, things looked very grim with Emmetsburg trailing 14-0 midway through the fourth.
But Emmetsburg refused to concede anything. Battling back, the E-Hawks led off with Greg Wesley singling and being followed by Joe Jackson getting a base hit.got A passed ball moved both runners as Taylor Wegner drew a walk. Jacob Kibbie would then rip a single that scored Wesley and Jackson’s runs before a double by Zach Anderson brought pinch runner Wes Schultes over the plate.
A sacrifice by Max Dunlap, who took over for Aaron Bird at second base, was followed by a walk of Dillon VanOosbree to load the bases. A walk of Luke Jackson allowed Kibbie to score his run before Jake jackson flew out for the second out. With the bases still loaded, a walk of Greg Wesley scored Zach Anderson and a fielders’ choice on Joe Jackson’s at-bat allowed Dillon VanOosbree to score his run, but Luke Jackson was thrown out at the plate to end the inning with Emmetsburg now trailing 14-6.
Moving to the fifth inning, Spirit Lake would get two walks and a batter hit by a pitch before a fielder’s choice scored a run and a passed ball scored a second run. A single would bring a third run home before the E-Hawk defense made the stop.
In the bottom of the fifth, Emmetsburg opened with a leadoff double from Taylor Wegner that landed at the base of the left center field fence. But Jacob Kibbie would fly out on a foul tip and Zach Anderson struck out before Max Dunlap drew a walk with two outs. Dillon VanOosbree would be struck out, however, to end the E-Hawks’ season.
For Emmetsburg, Luke Jackson pitched two innings and faced 13 batters, allowing five runs, three earned, off four hits with one Home Run and three walks. Taylor Wegner pitched an inning an a third, facing 12 batters and giving up eight runs, four earned off four hits with three walks and a strikeout. Jake Jackson closed out the final inning and two-thirds, facing 11 batters and giving up four runs, two earned, off two hits with three walks and a strikeout.
Offensively, Emmetsburg got doubles from Taylor Wegner and Zach Anderson, while Dillon VanOosbree, Luke Jackson, Greg Wesley, Joe Jackson and Jacob Kibbie all added base hits to the seven-hit effort.