E-Hawks’ Season Ends In District Tourney Opener
by Dan Voigt
POCAHONTAS – The post season run for Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks started and ended Saturday night with an 11-9 loss to South Central Calhoun in Class 2A District tournament play. The loss ends Emmetsburg’s season with a mark of 10-18.
Saturday’s game would start out with both teams stranding a runner in the first inning. In the top of the second, the Titans of South Central Calhoun would push a pair of runs across the plate off a single, a walk, a hit batsman and a double before the E-Hawks made the defensive stop.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the second, Emmetsburg would be retired in order to end the inning.
South Central Calhoun would get a walk and a single, but left two runners stranded when the top half of the third ended. In the bottom of the third, Emmetsburg’s Will Jackson led off with a walk but with two outs, a double by Nick Chapman would bring Jackson over the plate before the inning ended with the E-Hawks on the board and trailing by a run, 2-1.
But in the top of the fourth frame, the Titans used an error and a walk to get two runners on base before an out was tallied on a fielders’ choice. A double would score two runs on the next at-bat, and a single would score another run before Emmetsburg got the defensive stop.
Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Emmetsburg needed to get something going in a hurry. Wes Schultes led off with a single but was caught stealing second before Zach Anderson got on base with a single. Nick Chapman would rap out a single and a wild pitch moved Chapman to second and Anderson to third base.
An RBI?single from Will Jackson would bring Anderson over the plate and a triple from Max Dunlap to right field scored Chapman and Jackson before the inning ended, cutting the deficit to 5-4 as the fourth inning ended.
South Central Calhoun would get two base runners, but left one on base following a sacrifice fly and a double play out in their half of the fifth inning. The E-Hawks would open the bottom of the fifth with Luke Jackson being hit by a pitch before Greg Wesley rapped out a double.
As Wes Schultes came up t bat, Luke Jackson came home off a wild pitch before Schultes was hit by a pitch. Wesley wold move to third, but Zach Anderson hit a line shot to third that turned into a double play to also take Wesley for two outs. But, Nick Chapman would smack a double to center field that brought Schultes over the plate to give Emmetsburg the lead for the first time in the contest at 6-5.
The E-Hawk lead wouldn’t last long in the top of the sixth when the Titans led off with a double and a single and scored a run off a sacrifice and then got three singles to score two more runs to retake the lead at 8-6 when the at-bat ended. Emmetsburg would be turned away in order in the bottom of the inning to set up the seventh inning of the contest.
A walk and fly out would start the inning for the Titans, but a single would follow before an error allowed two runs to score. A ground out would be followed by a single to score a third run before a ground out ended the at-bat.
The E-Hawks faced a daunting task as they came up to bat in the bottom of the seventh, trailing 11-6. Luke Jackson would lead off with a single and Greg Wesley followed with a single before a fly ball by Wes Schultes for the first out. Zach Anderson came up tot he plate and doubled to score Luke Jackson, and a sacrifice grounder by Nick Chapman brought Wesley over the plate as Anderson moved to third base. Jake Kibbie would come up and hit a single to score Anderson’s run, but the game would end when Will Jackson grounded out to second for the final out.
Dillon VanOosbree opened the game on the hill for the E-Hawks, as he pitched three and a third innings and gave up four runs, two earned, off three hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Matt Kibbie would pitch two and two-thirds innings and gave up four runs, all earned, off nine hits with one walk. Greg Wesley finished the final inning, giving up three runs, all unearned, off two hits with one walk.
Offensively, Emmetsburg got a triple from Max Dunlap and doubles and singles from Zach Anderson, Luke Jackson, Greg Wesley and Nick Chapman, while Wes Schultes, Jake Kibbie and Will Jackson all added hits.
The end of the season also closes the prep careers of seniors Luke Jackson, Zach Anderson, Greg Wesley, Nick Chapman and Jacob Kibbie.