E-Hawks Ride Chapman’s Bat To Victory
A pair of booming home runs from Nick Chapman propelled the Emmetsburg E-Hawks to an 11-1 victory over Newell Fond Tuesday night in baseball action. The win improves the E-Hawks to a 5-8 mark on the season.
The E-Hawks would allow Newell-Fonda’s Mustangs a walk in the first but no more as they came up to bat. A walk of Wes Schultes led off the E-Hawk at-bat, and after a put out, Greg Wesley added a base hit before Nick Chapman and Zach Anderson were walked and a sacrifice RBI?by Jake Kibbie helped Schultes and Wesley score their runs, a nd a single by Spencer Bird along with walks by Will Jackson and Max Dunlap brought Chapman, Anderson and Bird home before Schultes was hit by a pitch to walk in Jackson, prompting a pitching change for the Mustangs.
With a new pitcher on the mound for Newell-Fonda, Emmetsburg would get a single from Luke Jackson that allowed Dunlap to score his run before the inning came to a close with Emmetsburg holding a 7-0 lead.
The Mustangs would get two runners on base in the second off walks but left them waiting when the at-bat ended. In the bottom of the second, Nick Chapman led off for Emmetsburg and blasted a shot over the left center field fence for a solo home run and 8-0 advantage. Jake Kibbie would draw a walk, but was left waiting at second when the inning ended.
Newell-Fonda would be retired in order in the third and returned the favor to the E-Hawks in the bottom of the inning.
The Mustangs would show a spark of life in the top of th fourth, as they led off with a base hit, and followed it with a walk and single before stealing home to score, resulting in a balk call against E-Hawk pitcher Zach Anderson. However, the two base runners would be left waiting for a way home when the opportunity came to a close.
Emmetsburg would go down an out and then got Nick Chapman on base off a single. Pinch runner Matt Kibbie would come in to run, but was thrown out stealing second base. a strikeout of Anderson would end the fourth for the E-Hawks, holding an 8-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Newell-Fonda would get a runner on base off a dropped third strike, but he was thrown out stealing second base. A pair of walks would follow along with a strikeout before a single loaded the sacks, but a strikeout would end the threat.
In the bottom of the fifth, Emmetsburg would go down in order to set up the sixth frame. Newell-Fonda would get a strikeout, then a walk before a fielders’ choice put the runner out at third base and a fly ball ended the at-bat for the Mustangs.
In the bottom of the sixth, Emmetsburg would lead off with a strikeout, but got a single from Wes Schultes and a walk of Luke Jackson. Greg Wesley would hit into a put-out at first for the second out as his teammates advance to second and third before Nick Chapman stepped up to the plate. Chapman would take a couple of cuts and made contact with a pitch, sending the shot booming over the left field fence for the game ending three-run homer, his second round-tripper of the contest.
Zach Anderson would go the distance for the E-Hawks on the hill, as he gave up one run off four hits with six walks off nine strikeouts.
Nick Chapman would lead the E-Hawk offense with two home runs and a base hit, while Luke Jackson and Spencer Bird added two hits each. Wes Schultes and Greg Wesley both added singles to the effort.