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E-Hawks Split At Own Invitational Tournament

By Staff | Jun 13, 2017

GOT?HIM! - Emmetsburg first baseman Max Dunlap makes a tag against Jordan Thompson as he tries to get back to first during play in Saturday’s E-Hawk Baseball Tournament. Emmetsburg would down the Titans by a 15-1 tally in the contest. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks would split their own baseball tournament on Saturday, falling to Okoboji but defeating Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire to improve to a record of 4-9 overall on the season.

In their first game on Saturday, Emmetsburg would fall to the Pioneers of Okoboji by a 13-3 tally in six innings.

Okoboji would open the game by scoring three quick runs in the top of the first inning using three singles to help do the damage in the inning. Emmetsburg would get a leadoff walk for Dylan Kibbie, but left him waiting at third base when the inning ended.

In the top of the second, the Pioneers would get a two-out run after a fielders’ choice play and a base hit to take a 4-0 lead.

The E-Hawks would leadoff with a base hit by Connor Joyce and Hunter McAllister got on base off a fielders’ choice that put Joyce out at second. McAllister would come around to score off a passed ball and a double from Matt Kibbie to erase the goose-egg on the score board, but Kibbie would be left waiting when the inning ended with a 4-1 score.

Okoboji struck a blow in the top of the third, however, as they got three straight walks to load the bases and got a single to score one run before a two-out Grand Slam brought four more runs over the plate for a 9-1 advantage when the E-Hawks got the third out. But, the E-Hawks would go down in order to end the third inning, now trailing 9-1.

Okoboji would leave two runners on base in the top of the fourth, and the E-Hawks were retired in order again in their half of the inning.

The Pioneers put another run on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth with a run after a pair of base hits for the 10-1 lead. Emmetsburg would go down two outs in the bottom of the fifth and Dylan Kibbie got on base off a dropped third strike but was left waiting when the inning ended.

Okoboji would plate three more runs in the top of the sixth inning before Emmetsburg could make the stop. In the bottom of the inning, the E-Hawks got a leadoff single from Zach Foxhoven and after a fly ball, Connor Joyce got a single. Hunter McAllister was hit by a pitch to fill the sacks before Matt Kibbie singled to bring Foxhoven over the plate. Joyce came home off a wild pitch, but McAllister and Kibbie were both left waiting when the final two outs were made to end the game on the 10-run rule.

Max Dunlap was charged with the loss, going two innings and giving up four runs, all earned, off five hits, with three walks and one strikeout. Connor Joyce pitched an inning and gave up five runs, all earned, off two hits with three walks. Brent Wesley pitched two and two-thirds of an inning and gave up four runs, one earned, off three hits with two walks and a strikeout.

The E-Hawks got a double and single from Matt Kibbie, while Connor Joyce added two hits and Jeremiah Weir came away with a hit.

In the final game of the tournament, the E-Hawks took on Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire and handed the Titans a 15-1 loss in five innings.

The E-Hawks opened the game as the visitors and batted through their order, sending 12 batters to the plate. Dylan Kibbie, Will Schany, Jeremiah Weir, Connor Joyce, Matt Kibbie and Mason Carrigan all came over the plate to give Emmetsburg a 6-0 lead after the first at-bat, buoyed by a Grand Slam from Mason Carrigan in the inning.

The Titans would get a get Brady Rosacker on base off an error with two outs, but left him stranded to end the first inning.

In the second, Emmetsburg plated seven more runs, as Brent Wesley, Connor Joyce, Matt Kibbie, Mason Carrigan, Nick Krieg, Max Dunlap and Will Schany all came home for a 13-0 lead.

The Titans would leave Jordan Thompson and Nole Bachman stranded on base in the second after a fielders’ choice and single.

The E-Hawks stranded Mason Carrigan, Dylan Kibbie and Will Schany in the top of the third, and the Titans left Jace Naig waiting to end the inning.

In the top of the fourth, Emmetsburg would strand Matt Kibbie, and the Titans got a leadoff triple from Alex Chicoine, who scored off a sacrifice by Jordan Thompson before Chris Conlon was stranded.

In the fifth, Hunter McAllister and Will Schany would score runs for the E-Hawks as the Titans were put down in order to end the game.

Jacob Conlon took the loss in two-thirds of an inning, giving up six earned runs off two hits with six walks and two strikeouts. Tyson Kruse pitched a third of an inning and gave up seven runs, six earned, off five hits with one strikeout and two walks. Nole Bachman pitched three and two-thirds, giving up two earned runs off two hits with four walks and five strikeouts.

Mason Carrigan threw two innings for the win, giving up a hit with two strikeouts. Adam Deitering pitched two innings, giving up an earned run off one hit and Ben Dunlap pitched an inning with one strikeout.

The Titans got a triple from Alex Chicoine and a single from Nole Bachman.

The E-Hawks got a Grand Slam from Mason Carrigan and a hit, while Connor Joyce had four hits. Brent Wesley and Max Dunlap had singles in the contest.