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E-Hawks Fall In Hard-Fought Contests

By Staff | Jul 7, 2015

REACH?FOR?IT - E-Hawk Wes Schultes jumps for a catch in recent game action. The E-Hawks open pos-season play this Saturday at Pocahontas. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s Boys of Summer came up short in a pair of hard-fought Lakes Contests ballgames at week’s end, falling to Estherville Lincoln Central and Storm Lake. The losses give Emmetsburg a 10-15 mark going into the final week of the regular season.

Wednesday night the E-Hawks took on the Midgets, but came up short in a 5-1 loss.

The E-Hawks would start the game with a pair of outs before Greg Wesley walked and Wes Schultes singled, but the duo was left waiting when Zach Anderson grounded out. The Midgets would get a single, but left him waiting in their half of the first inning.

In the top of the second, Nick Chapman led off with a single, but was put out at second off Jake Kibbie’s fielders’ choice. However, Kibbie would be thrown out stealing second after Will Jackson struck out.

Estherville Lincoln Central would erupt for three runs in the bottom of the second inning, getting a triple and double to score one run and a single before a walk and single resulted in two more runs being scored before the inning came to a close.

In the top of the third, Emmetsburg led off with a single from Cole Jackson before a strikeout, but Luke Jackson doubled to score Cole Jackson. A fly ball would be followed by a base hit from Wes Schultes, but Schultes and Luke Jackson would be left waiting when the at-bat ended.

The Midgets would come up with a walk and a single in their half of the third frame, but left their runners waiting on base when the E-hawk defense made the stop.

Trailing 3-1 to start the fourth inning, the E-Hawks got Nick Chapman on base after he was hit by a pitch. two quick outs would follow before Max Dunlap came in to run for Chapman and Cole Jackson drew a walk, but the duo were left looking for a way home when Dillon VanOosbree flew out to the shortstop to end the at-bat.

Estherville Lincoln Central would go down two quick outs in the bottom of the fourth but got two doubles to push a run over the plate to take a 4-1 lead.

Emmetsburg would be retired in order in the top of the fifth frame, and Estherville Lincoln Central would suffer a similar fate after a leadoff walk when their runner was caught stealing second after a fly ball and ground out.

But Emmetsburg would go down again in order in the top ofo the sixth inning, while the Midgets went down two outs, and then got a single and triple to score another run before being retired with one runner on base for a 5-1 lead.

The seventh inning saw Emmetsburg go down two outs before Dillon VanOosbree and Luke Jackson both singled, but a ground out by Greg Wesley ended the ball game in the 5-1 loss for the E-Hawks.

Luke Jackson was tagged with the loss, going six innings and surrendering five earned runs off 10 hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

Luke Jackson had a double and single for the E-Hawks, while Wes Schultes had two hits and Dillon VanOosbree, Nick Chapman and Cole Jackson each added a base hit.

Thursday evening the E-Hawks fell to Storm Lake in a 7-3 setback.

Emmetsburg started the game going down in order in the first, while Storm Lake would get a single and a walk, but left the two runners looking for a way home when the inning ended.

The E-Hawks would get a leadoff single from Wes Schultes to start the second inning before Zach Anderson struck out. But as Nick Chapman came up to bat, Schultes was caught stealing third base and Chapman grounded out to end the opportunity.

Storm Lake would strike out to open their half of the second and got a walk, but had their runner picked off at first on a throw from catcher Zach Anderson to Wes Schultes at first before a fly ball ended the inning.

Jake Kibbie opened the third inning for the E-Hawks with a single, but was left waiting at second when Cole Jackson flew out, Max Dunlap struck out and Dillon VanOosbree flew out in foul territory.

The bottom of the fourth would prove huge for Storm Lake, as they led off with a walk and then went down two strikeouts. An error at second base would allow a batter to get on base, and a walk would load the bases before a single scored two runs for the Tornadoes.

Another walk would follow and a run would score on a passed ball before a single would push the fourth run of the inning over the plate before Emmetsburg’s defense made the stop.

Now trailing 4-0 to start the fourth inning, the E-Hawks got a leadoff single from Luke Jackson and a single from Wes Schultes with one out. But Zach Anderson would fly out before Schultes was thrown out at second on Nick Chapman’s fielders’ choice to end the at-bat.

Storm Lake would go down in order in their half of the inning, but Emmetsburg would suffer the same fate in the top of the fifth frame. Storm Lake would go down one out, but then got a walk and a single and a walk before a single scored two runs for a 6-0 lead when the inning ended.

In the top of the sixth inning, Emmetsburg finally found their offense. Dillon VanOosbree led off with a single and Luke Jackson reached on an error before Greg Wesley would come up with a three-run home runs shot over the left field fence to cut the deficit to 6-3 with no outs.

But Wes Schultes would ground out before Zach Anderson walked, but Nick Chapman lined out to short for the second out before Jake Kibbie singled. But with two men on base, Cole Jackson struck out swinging to end the opportunity.

An error would open the bottom of the sixth for the Tornadoes, before the E-Hawks got a fielders’ choice out and a ground out. but Storm Lake would come back with a single and walk before a runner scored on a passed ball for a 7-3 lead before the inning ended.

Emmetsburg go down two outs to start the final at-bat before Luke Jackson doubled, but the senior would be left looking for a way home when a fly ball ended the game.

Greg Wesley was tagged with the loss, going five and two-thirds innings and surrendering seven runs, two earned, off six hits with nine walks and four strikeouts. Matt Kibbie relieved for a third of an inning.

Greg Wesley would come up big with the three-run home runs shot for the E-Hawks, while Luke Jackson would come away with a double and single and Wes Schultes and Jake Kibbie both had two hits. Dillon VanOosbree added a base hit.