E-Hawks Go 1-2 In League Games At Week’s End
Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks collected a win between a couple of Lakes Conference setbacks in baseball action at week’s end. The E-Hawks fell to Spirit Lake by a 13-1 tally on Wednesday, but rebounded to hand Storm Lake an 11-1 loss Thursday night, only to fall to Spencer by a 5-2 tally. The split gives Emmetsburg a 6-10 mark on the season.
In action on Wednesday night, the visiting Indians jumped out on Emmetsburg to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as three batters were hit by pitches in the at-bat and the Indians added a pair of singles to help their own cause. Emmetsburg would go down in order in their half of the inning.
The tide continued to roll for the Indians in the top of the second, as they would push seven runs over the plate, as four batters drew walks. A trio of singles along with a double and a pair of E-Hawk errors would combine to give Spirit Lake the 10-0 advantage early, as the E-Hawks went down in order in their half of the second.
Spirit Lake would capitalize on three singles and a pair of E-Hawk errors in the top of the third inning to effectively put the game out of reach with a 13-0 lead when the at-bat ended.
Emmetsburg would get Spencer Bird on base in the bottom of the third after he was hit by a pitch, but he was left waiting when the inning ended.
Spirit Lake would load the bases in the top of the fourth, but left them loaded when the E-Hawk defense made the stop. In the bottom of the fourth, Emmetsburg got a run from Brent Wesley to break the goose-egg at 13-1.
The Indians went down in order in the top of the fifth, but Emmetsburg would load the bases with Max Dunlap, Luke Jackson and Greg Wesley, only to stranded the trio when the inning and game ended.
Nick Chapman took the loss in two and two-thirds innings, giving up 13 runs, eight earned, off nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Mason Carrigan pitched one and a third innings and gave up one hit with one strikeout and Luke Jackson closed the final inning with one strikeout. Emmetsburg got hits from Luke Jackson and Zach Anderson in the loss.
On Thursday, the E-Hawks hosted Storm Lake and claimed an 11-1 win over the Tornadoes. Storm Lake would get a run in the top of the first and Emmetsburg would strand Luke Jackson and Zach Anderson in their half of the first.
Storm Lake would leave two runners waiting in the second, but Emmetsburg had other plans. Jake Kibbie walked to lead off, and Will Jackson singled before Cole Jackson singled, allowing Kibbie to score. A sacrifice by Max Dunlap scored Will Jackson before Wes Schultes walked and Luke Jackson doubled to score Cole Jackson.
An error put Greg Wesley on base and brought Schultes home before Nick Chapman singled to score Luke Jackson and a sac fly from Zach Anderson brought Wesley over the plate before the E-Hawks were retired with a 6-1 lead.
Storm Lake would go down on a double play in the third, but the E-Hawks would get a run from Will Jackson, only to leave Max Dunlap waiting in their half of the inning. The Tornadoes were retired in order in the fourth and Emmetsburg picked up where they left off.
Luke Jackson and courtesy runner Brent Wesley would both come home to score in the bottom of the fourth inning to put Emmetsburg up 9-1.
Storm Lake went down in order in the top of the fifth and Emmetsburg would end the game early in the bottom of the fifth inning after Max Dunlap scored a run and Wes Schultes tallied the game ending run off a single by Greg Wesley for the 11-1 victory.
Luke Jackson earned the win on the hill, allowing one run off three hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Emmetsburg’s offense came from Luke Jackson with a double and two hits, while Nick Chapman, Will Jackson and Max Dunlap all had two hits each. Wes Schultes, Greg Wesley, Zach Anderson and Cole Jackson all tallied base hits in the winning effort.
The week ended Friday night with a hard-fought 5-2 loss to Spencer at Spencer.
Emmetsburg would get a leadoff double from Wes Schultes to open the contest, and Schultes would score the run off sacrifices by Luke Jackson and Greg Wesley before the at-bat ended. But, Spencer would answer with a run of their own to tie the contest at 1-1 after one inning of play.
The E-Hawks would get a single from Jake Kibbie in the top of the second, but left him waiting at second to end the top of the second. The Tigers would open the game up in the bottom of the frame by pushing three runs over the plate, using a single, a double, a pair of errors and a sacrifice fly for a 4-1 advantage to start the third inning.
A pair of strikeouts opened the third for the E-Hawks, but Luke Jackson singled and Greg Wesley singled and the duo moved to third and second, but a fly out by Nick Chapman ended the threat, stranding the pair.
Spencer would get a leadoff double, but left their runner waiting at third when the E-Hawk defense collected three fly outs to end the inning.
In the top of the fourth, Zach Anderson led off with a double and moved to third off a sacrifice by Jake Kibbie before he scored off an RBI?single from Cole Jackson. Max Dunlap would get on base off an error as Jackson moved to second, but with two outs, a strikeout of Wes Schultes left the two E-Hawks waiting once again.
With their lead trimmed to 4-2, Spencer would get the run back in the bottom of the fourth inning, using a walk, two singles and an error to score the run before the E-Hawks made the defensive stop.
Trailing 5-2 to start the fifth inning, Emmetsburg would go down in order, while Spencer got two baserunners, only to leave them stranded on base when the inning ended.
With two outs to start the sixth, Emmetsburg got Will Jackson on base off a walk, only to leave him stranded when Cole Jackson grounded out. Spencer would have no better luck, as they were retired in order in their half of the sixth inning.
But in the top of the seventh, Emmetsburg would be unable to get anything going, as Max Dunlap grounded out, Wes Schultes struck out swinging and :Luke Jackson grounded out to end the contest in the 5-2 loss.
Greg Wesley was tagged with the loss for the E-Hawks as he went six innings and surrendered five runs, three earned, off six hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Emmetsburg’s offense got doubles from Wes Schultes and Zach Anderson, while Cole Jackson, Jake Kibbie, Greg Wesley and Luke Jackson all added hits to the effort.