E-Hawks Earn Split In Contests
by Dan Voigt
Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks split a pair of contests to start the week. On Monday, the E-Hawks downed Cherokee in a 7-6 decision, but fell to Pocahontas Area on Tuesday night by a 7-4 tally to move to 3-5 on the season.
Monday’s game started out with the E-Hawks taking a 2-0 lead in the first after Dillon VanOosbree and Wes Schultes scored off four singles and a walk.
The two teams traded outs in a defensive exchange in the second and in the top of the third Cherokee got a run off a error and a sacrifice. The E-Hawks would build on their 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third, getting runs from VanOosbree and Cole Jackson during the at-bat, using three singles and a pair of fielders’ choice plays to do the damage and take a 4-1 advantage to start the fourth.
Cherokee would battle back to take a 5-4 lead in the fourth, using a three-RBI?triple and a single to do the damage before the E-Hawk defense made the stop.
The E-Hawks would get singles from Will Jackson and Dillon VanOosbree before Brent Wesley smacked a two-RBI double after Wes Schultes was hit by a pitch, but the duo would be stranded when the inning ended with Emmetsburg holding a 7-5 lead.
The defenses kicked in during the fifth inning, retiring each other in order but going into the top of the sixth, Cherokee managed to push a run across the plate off three walks and a sacrifice to make the score 7-6.
The E-Hawks would go down in order in the bottom of the sixth, but the defense would hold Cherokee in check in the top of the seventh, limiting the Braves to a walk and stranding the runner to earn the one-run victory.
Dillon VanOosbree would pitch five innings, allowing five runs, four earned, off nine hits, with three walks and seven strikeouts. Matt Kibbie relieved two innings on the hill for the save, giving up one earned run with four walks and four strikeouts.
Brent Wesley had a double and single, while Will Jackson, Dillon VanOosbree, Wes Schultes and Cole Jackson all had two hits and Dylan Kibbie had one hit.
Tuesday night the E-Hawks hosted Pocahontas Area but came up short in a 7-4 loss.
The Indians would plate a run in the top of the first off aggressive baserunning, but in the bottom of the inning, the E-Hawks answered with Will Schany and Dillon VanOosbree crossing the plate off a double, walk and a single for a 2-1 lead.
The defenses battled through the second and third innings, with each team stranding runners, but in the top of the fourth the Indians would load the bases before getting a three-RBI double to take a 4-2 lead over the E-Hawks.
The E-Hawks went down in order in their half of the fourth and Pocahontas Area would tack three more runs onto their tally in the top of the fifth inning off a walk, three singles and a fielders’ choice play for a 7-2 lead over their hosts.
In the bottom of the fifth, Emmetsburg would get a run back when pinch runner Matt Kibbie made his way around the basepaths to score off a sacrifice fly by VanOosbree to make the score 7-3 when the inning ended.
Pocahontas would got down in order in the top of the sixth after the E-Hawks turned a double play to end the at-bat after a lead-off single. But the E-Hawks would put Cole Jackson and Max Dunlap on base off a walk and a single, but left them waiting when the inning ended.
In the top of the seventh, the Indians went down in order and Emmetsburg tried to mount a rally as they came up to bat. A ground out by Will Jackson started the opportunity, but Dillon VanOosbree singled and Wes Schultes doubled before a sacrifice by Brent Wesley scored VanOosbree, but Schultes was left waiting at third when Cole Jackson grounded out to end the game.
Will Schany would pitch five innings, giving up seven runs, all earned, off six hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Wes Schultes relieved for two frames and gave up one hit with two strikeouts.
The E-Hawks got doubles from Wes Schultes and Will Schany, while Max Dunlap, Brent Wesley and Dillon VanOosbree all added base hits in the effort.