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E-Hawks Take Early Lead For Win Over Tornadoes

By Staff | Jul 4, 2017

CLOSE?PLAY -- Emmetsburg’s Max Dunlap slides for home against Storm Lake pitcher Matt Eddie during the E-Hawks 6-4 win over the Tornadoes Wednesday night. Dunlap would be ruled out on the play. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks used a quick start on Wednesday night to earn a 6-4 win over Storm Lake in Lakes Conference baseball action. The win improved Emmetsburg to 9-12 on the season and 4-5 in the Lakes Conference.Storm Lake would open the game with a pair of outs before having a batter hit by a pitch. The runner would get to third only to be left waiting by the E-Hawk defense.

Emmetsburg came up in the bottom of the first and after a leadoff strikeout, a single from Will Schany was followed by a fielders’ choice by Jeremiah Weir. Connor Joyce would single to score Schany’s run, and a ground out sacrifice by Brent Wesley allowed Weir’s run to score before the E-Hawks were retired.

Trailing 2-0 to start the second inning, Storm Lake would get a base hit and a walk, but left both runners stranded when the at-bat ended. But, the E-Hawks would go down in order in their half of the inning to hold on to their 2-0 advantage.

Storm Lake would get a pair of walks in the top of the third, only to leave both runners waiting for a way home. Emmetsburg would come up in their half of the third and led off with a walk for Dylan Kibbie before a single from Will Schany. A pair of fly balls put Emmetsburg down two outs, but Kibbie would come home after tagging up on Jeremiah Weir’s out. A single from Brent Wesley would score Schany’s run, but Wesley would be left at first when the inning ended, with Emmetsburg now holding a 4-0 advantage.

The Tornadoes would get a runner on base off an error in the top of the fourth but left him waiting, but Emmetsburg would go down in order in their half of the order.

To start the fifth, Storm Lake went down one out, but got a runner on base off an error before a two-run homer put the Tornadoes on the scoreboard. Emmetsburg would get the next two outs but the damage was done as the E-Hawks’ lead was cut to a pair at 4-2.

The E-hawks would go down two outs to start the bottom of the fifth, but got Jeremiah Weir on base off a walk, only to have him put out at third on Connor Joyce’s fielders’ choice.

Storm Lake would got down in order in the top of the sixth inning, but Emmetsburg would come up and led off with back-to-back singles from Brent Wesley and Matt Kibbie. A walk of Max Dunlap would follow before a pair of strikeouts of Hunter McAllister and Nick Krieg.

But Dylan Kibbie would draw a walk that scored Wesley’s run and a wild pitch allowed Matt Kibbie to score his run before Max Dunlap was thrown out at home to end the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Storm Lake got a runner on base off an error before a strikeout. A double would score the leadoff run, and a ground out would allow the second run to score before Emmetsburg put the game away for the win.

Mason Carrigan would earn the win on the mound, as he pitched five and a third innings and allowed just two runs, one earned, off two hits with three walks and 10 strikeouts. Max Dunlap relieve for an inning and two-thirds and surrendered two runs, one earned, off two hits, with two strikeouts.

The E-Hawks got two hits from Will Schany and Brent Wesley, while Dylan Kibbie, Connor Joyce and Matt Kibbie all added base hits.