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E-Hawks Drop Pair Of Contests On Diamond

By Staff | Jun 28, 2016

TRYING?FOR?THE?TAG - E-Hawk shortstop Cole Jackson, left, and second baseman Dylan Kibbie, right, try to get the tag on Cherokee’s Mason Pitts as he tries to steal second in action Wednesday night. Emmetsburg would come up short in a 2-1 loss to the Braves to move to 5-5 in Lakes Conference play on the season. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s Boys of Summer ran into a pair of tough teams at week’s end, dropping contests on Wednesday and Friday to fall to 10-11 on the year and 5-5 in the Lakes Conference.

On Wednesday the E-Hawks journeyed to Cherokee for league play, but suffered through an offensive drought in a 2-1 loss to the Braves. The E-Hawks would go down in order in the first and Cherokee put a run across in their half of the inning for a 1-0 lead. In the second, it was three up and three down for Emmetsburg and Cherokee would strand two runners.

Emmetsburg went down in order in the third frame, and Cherokee would use three singles to plate their second run of the night for a 2-0 advantage over the E-Hawks.

Emmetsburg would strand Will Schany and Wes Schultes in the top of the fourth, but retired the Braves in order to end the inning. The two teams both stranded a runner in the fifth inning and traded outs in the sixth inning.

In their final at-bat in the top of the seventh, Emmetsburg got a break when Wes Schultes got on base off a dropped third strike. Will Jackson would single with one out before Max Dunlap was walked to load the bases. But with two outs, Spencer Bird was hit by a pitch to bring Schultes over the plate for a 2-1 score. However, a strikeout by Will Schany would bring the hopes of a rally to a close as the game ended.

NICE?CUT! - Emmetsburg’s Brent Wesley fouls off a pitch during play Wednesday at Cherokee in Lakes Conference action. - Dan Voigt photo

Dillon VanOosbree took the loss, going six innings and giving up two earned runs off five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

For Emmetsburg, Cole Jackson was the lone offensive weapon with two base hits in the contest.

After a night off, the E-Hawks hosted South O’Brien in non-conference action Friday night, but came up short in a 6-3 loss to the Wolverines.

South O’Brien would be retired in order in the first and Emmetsburg left two runners on base in their half of the opening frame on Friday.

The Wolverines would get on the scoreboard in the top of the second after a fielders’ choice and a single after an E-Hawk fielding error for a 1-0 lead. Emmetsburg would once again leave two runners waiting on base to end the second inning.

The two teams would both strand runners in the third frame and South O’Brien left a runner stranded in the fourth, but the E-Hawks were retired in order to end the fourth inning.

In the top of the fifth, South O’Brien got hot, pushing five runs across the plate, using a two doubles and a single, along with two walks and a pair of E-Hawk errors to do the damage.

Trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Emmetsburg got a run from Will Schany after the bases were loaded and Wes Schultes drew a walk to score Schany. A single from Brent Wesley would score Will Jackson before the inning ended, leaving the E-Hawks trailing 6-2 to start the sixth inning.

South O’Brien got a single but left their runner stranded in the sixth and Emmetsburg came up with a rally in mind, starting off with a single from Matt Kibbie, who was put out on Spencer Bird’ fielders’ choice. Thomas Schultes took over running for Bird, and came around to score off a sacrifice RBI from Will Schany for the second out, but the inning ended when Will Jackson grounded out.

The Wolverines were retired in order in the top of the seventh, but Emmetsburg would suffer a similar fate to fall by the 6-3 final tally.

Max Dunlap pitched four and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs, one earned, off five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Matt Kibbie relieved for two and a third innings and gave up one unearned run off two hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

The E-Hawks got hits from Will Schany, Will Jackson, Wes Schultes, Dillon VanOosbree, Brent Wesley and Matt Kibbie.