E-Hawks Down GH-V In District Semi-Final
CLEAR?LAKE – The post-season continues for Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks after they earned a 6-2 win over Garner-Hayfield/Ventura in Class 2A District semi-final action Tuesday evening. The win advances the E-Hawks into the District Championship game against Clear Lake at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Clear Lake.
The E-Hawks opened Tuesday’s contest with a walk of Will Schany before a strikeout of Cole Jackson followed. But Dillon VanOosbree would smack a triple into center field that would bring Schany home for the first run of the game. A sacrifice by Wes Schultes would score VanOosbree’s run before Brent Wesley rapped out a single and Will Jackson reached on an error, but Wesley was put out at third on Spencer Bird’s fielders’ choice to end the at-bat.
Dillon VanOosbree would take to the mound for the E-Hawks and after a ground out, gave up a single, but the runner was thrown out at second by Wes Schultes and Dylan Kibbie and the inning ended on a ground out to allow Emmetsburg to take a 2-0 lead into the second inning.
The E-Hawks would go down two outs to start the top of the second, but Will Schany would draw his second walk of the ball game, but would be left waiting when the at-bat ended.
Emmetsburg’s defense returned the favor to GH/V in the bottom of the second, getting two quick ground outs before allowing a baserunner off a throwing error. But the Cardinals would leave their runner stranded when E-Hawk first baseman Max Dunlap caught a fly ball in foul territory to end the inning.
To start the third inning, Emmetsburg went down two outs once again, but Brent Wesley came up with a base hit and was followed on base by Will Jackson off a walk. However, the two E-Hawks were left looking for a way home when Spencer Bird grounded out to end the opportunity.
Garner-Hayfield/Ventura would open the bottom of the third with back-to-back walks, but a fielders’ choice would put a runner out at second base. But on the next at-bat, the Cardinal batter lined a shot to Thomas Schultes at third base, who caught the shot and quickly stepped on the bag to get the double play, as he caught the runner leading off to end the inning.
Still clinging to a 2-0 lead to start the fourth inning, Emmetsburg wanted to add some runs to their tally in the worst way. But for the third inning in a row, the E-Hawks went down by two outs right away. But with two away, Will Schany got his first hit of the night with a single before Cole Jackson came away with a base rap that allowed Schany to move to third base and Jackson took second on the throw attempt to get Schany at third.
With runners in scoring position, the E-Hawks needed a shot and got one from Dillon VanOosbree, who smashed a triple to the center field fence that brought Schany and Jackson over the plate, but VanOosbree would be left waiting at third when Wes Schultes struck out, giving Emmetsburg a 4-0 lead.
The Cardinals would come up to bat in the bottom of the fourth and got a leadoff walk and a runner on base off an error before the E-Hawks got the first out. A sacrifice fly would allow GH/V to push a run over the plate and a single would put two runners on base before a walk loaded the sacks. However, the E-Hawk defense held firm and got a ground out to end the threat and preserve a 4-1 lead to start the fifth inning.
The E-Hawks would go down two outs to start the fifth before Spencer Bird was hit by a pitch, but he was put out on Max Dunlap’s fielder’s choice to end the at-bat.
The E-Hawk defense came up with a big stop, retiring the Cardinals in order to preserve the 4-1 lead to start the sixth inning.
Thomas Schultes led off the sixth with a single for the E-Hawks, which prompted a pitching change by GH/V. Schultes would move to second off a sacrifice by Will Schany. Will Schany would fly out for the second out, but the Cardinals intentionally walled Dillon VanOosbree before Wes Schultes struck out to end the at-bat.
GH/v would go down by two outs to start their half of the sixth inning, but got a runner on base after being hit by a pitch and an error would put a second runner on base before VanOosbree induced an inning-ending strikeout to end the threat.
Going into the final at-bat, the E-Hawks led off the seventh with a single from Brent Wesley, before a pair of strikeouts. Max Dunlap would come up and punched a double into center field that scored Wesley’s run. Hunter McAllister came in to run for Dunlap before Thomas Schultes singled. An error on a throw allowed McAllister to score his run and put Schultes on second, but Will Schany would be struck out to end the at-bat.
The defense had to answer the call one more time for the E-Hawks. A leadoff single would be followed by two quick outs, but the Cardinals got a well-placed single in the gap that allowed one run to score, but the game would end on a long fly ball to right field to give the E-Hawks the 6-2 victory.
Dillon VanOosbree would go the distance to record the win, as he allowed two runs, one earned, off four hits, with four walks and two strikeouts.
VanOosbree would hit a pair of triples in the contest, while Max Dunlap added a double. Brent Wesley had three base hits, while Thomas Schultes had two hits and Will Schany and Cole Jackson both added base hits to the winning effort.
The E-Hawks will take on Clear Lake Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Clear Lake in the District Championship game.