E-Hawks Struggle In Road Loss At LeMars
LeMARS – A?long road trip and a tough night in the batters’ box didn’t help the Emmetsburg E-Hawks in a 15-3 loss to the LeMars Bulldogs in Lakes Conference baseball action Monday night. The E-Hawks fell to 6-11 on the season with the setback, which started a solid week of scheduled play.
The game would start out well enough for Coach Brett Hanson’s ball club, as Wes Schultes led off with a double and was followed on base by Luke Jackson drawing a walk. Greg Wesley would step up and pound out a double to score Schultes and Jackson, and Wesley would move to third when Jake Kibbie hit a single after Zach Anderson was hit by a pitch, and with two away, Will Jackson was hit by a pitch to bring Wesley home for a 3-0 lead when the at-bat ended, stranding courtesy runner Will Schany, Kibbie and Will Jackson .
But in the bottom of the first, LeMars would answer, scoring four runs of their own off a pair of singles, an error and a two-run home run to take a 4-3 lead at the end of the first frame.
In the top of the second, Emmetsburg would be retired in order off a pair of ground outs and a strikeout. LeMars would tally two more runs in their half of the second, getting a single, an error and a walk along with a double to do the damage against the E-Hawk defense and increased their lead to 6-3 to start the third inning.
Nick Chapman would strike out to open the top of the third inning, before Zach Anderson was walked, and Jake Kibbie struck out, only to see Anderson picked off as he tried to steal second to end the at-bat.
The bottom of the third would be devastating to the E-Hawks, as LeMars erupted for six runs. A pair of singles pushed one run over the plate with one out, and a walk and hit batsman would score a second run before a sacrifice fly scored a third run.
With two out and runners on second and third, a three-run home run would break the game open, giving LeMars a 12-3 advantage when the E-Hawks made the final out to end the inning.
Emmetsburg would go down in order in the top of the fourth inning and in their half of the fourth, LeMars pushed three more runs over the plate, using three walks to load the bases before a sacrifice fly scored the first run and two runs scored off a double before the inning ended.
Now trailing 15-3 to start the fifth inning, the E-Hawks were down to their last at-bat. Wes Schultes would strike out swinging and Luke Jackson flew out to short for the second out. Greg Wesley was hit by a pitch to get on base, but left to languish when Nick Chapman flew out to short to end the contest.
Nick Chapman was charged with the loss, as he pitched two innings and surrendered six earned runs off six hits, with three walks and one strikeout. Zach Anderson pitched two innings and gave up nine earned runs off four hits with five walks and two strikeouts.
The E-Hawks were limited to just three hits in the setback, as both Wes Schultes and Greg Wesley had doubles while Jake Kibbie added a base hit.