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E-Hawks Edged In Extra Inning At Spirit Lake

By Staff | Jul 9, 2015

FOUL?BALL! - Emmetsburg’s Will Jackson fouls a pitch into the batters’ box during play Tuesday night at Spirit Lake. The E-Hawks would battle the Indians through six innings before an eighth inning rally allowed Spirit Lake to edge the E-Hawks 3-2. -- Dan Voigt photo

SPIRIT?LAKE?- A defensive battle Tuesday night went into an extra inning before Spirit Lake edged Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks by a 3-2 tally. The loss drops Coach Brett Hanson’s E-Hawks to a mark of 10-16 on the season as they wrap up the regular season Wednesday night against Bishop Garrigan.

The E-Hawks opened Tuesday’s game with Dillon VanOosbree on the mound, and the offense tallied three quick outs and settled in to play defense in the bottom of the inning. But Spirit Lake had other ideas. The Indians’ lead-off batter would get on off a bobbled ball and came around to score off a single before a second single into center field would score the second runner before Emmetsburg ended the inning, stranding one Spirit Lake runner.

Trailing 2-0 to start the second inning, Emmetsburg led off with Wes Schultes being hit by a pitch. Schultes would steal second before Zach Anderson drew a walk. Nick Chapman would come up to bat and rapped out a single into center field that allowed Schultes to come home.

Jake Kibbie would hit a sacrifice fly to left field that allowed Anderson to tie the game, but Nick Chapman was thrown out trying to steal second and Will Jackson hit a fly ball into center field to end the at-bat.

Spirit Lake would be unable to answer the E-Hawks in the bottom of the second, as they were retired in order to end the inning with a 2-2- tie.

EASY?THROW - Emmetsburg starting pitcher Dillon VanOosbree prepares to throw to first baseman Wes Schultes for an out during the first inning of Tuesday’s 3-2 E-Hawk loss to Spirit Lake. -- Dan Voigt photo

To start the third frame, Emmetsburg’s Max Dunlap was hit by a pitch to get on base and moved to second off Dillon VanOosbree’s sacrifice bunt. Luke Jackson would strike out, but Greg Wesley drew a walk, only to be left waiting at first with Dunlap at second when Wes Schultes struck out.

Emmetsburg would bring Matt Kibbie to the hill to start the third inning and the Indians would get a leadoff walk, only to leave the runner waiting at first when Kibbie induced two fly ball outs and a strikeout to end the inning.

The fourth inning began with a strikeout of Zach Anderson for the E-Hawks, but Nick Chapman got a single. A?fielders’ choice on Jake Kibbie’s at-bat put Chapman out at second and Kibbie was leff waiting at first when Will Jackson was put out at first. The bottom of the fourth inning saw Spirit Lake got down in order as the defensive struggled continued.

Emmetsburg would go down in order in the top of the fifth inning, and returned the favor to the Indians in the bottom of the frame to keep the score knotted at 2-2 as the sixth inning began.

Once again, the E-Hawks were set down in order in their half of the sixth inning, but Spirit Lake saw a glimmer of offense in the bottom of the inning.

A strikeout would lead off the bottom of the sixth for the Indians, and a single would follow, before a fly ball to center field left Spirit Lake with two outs. A single would give the Indians runners at first and second, but on the next at-bat, the ball was hit towards shortstop Dillon VanOosbree, but the Spirit Lake baserunner ran into the ball and was immediately called out by the base umpire for interference to end the inning, allowing Emmetsburg to dodge a bullet.

Moving into the top of the seventh inning, Emmetsburg was ponce again denied, as they were retired in order once again. But, the E-Hawk defense held up their end of the deal and set Spirit Lake down in order to prompt an eighth inning.

A strikeout would open the top of the eighth for the E-Hawks, but a dropped ball by the shortstop put Dillon VanOosbree on base. But the speedster would be left waiting when Luke Jackson flew out in foul territory and Greg Wesley hit a fly ball to second base.

Once again, the E-Hawks needed to play some defense as the Indians came up to bat in the bottom of the seventh.

A leadoff single suddenly became huge when an errant throw put the runner on second base A fielders’ choice on a bunt moved the runner to third base before a double to the center field fence scored what would be the game-winning run to end the contest in the heartbreaking E-Hawk loss.

Dillon VanOosbree would pitch two innings in the contest for the E-Hawks, giving up two runs, one earned, off two hits with two strikeouts. Matt Kibbie would relieve for the final six innings, and gave up one run off four hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

Emmetsburg’s hits came from Jake Kibbie with a single and Nick Chapman who had two hits.

After concluding the regular season at Bishop Garrigan on Wednesday night, the E-Hawks begin their post-season campaign this Saturday night, July 11, with a 5 p.m. contest against South Central Calhoun in Pocahontas.