A tough road loss to LeMars on Monday night was shrugged off Tuesday as the Emmetsburg E-Hawks blanked Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer by a 6-0 tally. The win improves the E-Hawks to 3-4 on the season, with a 1-2 mark in the Lakes Conference.
With Luke Jackson on the mound Tuesday, the E-Hawk defense gave up a pair of singles in the top of the first but retired the Indians and stranded two runners. As they came up to bat, the E-Hawks would get a big double from Jake Jackson, who was then put on third after a balk call on PAC/PP pitcher Wyatt Rahn, but the gift went for naught as Jackson was left waiting.
The Indians were struck out in order in the top of the second but the E-Hawks went down in order themselves for a quick inning. PAC/PP would draw a walk in the top of the third but couldn't convert on it.
E-Hawk first baseman Taylor Wegner tries for a pick off on the Indians’ Cody Rahn during play Tuesday night. Emmetsburg claimed a 6-0 win over PAC/PP. --Dan Voigt photo
Joe Jackson would lead of the bottom of the third for the E-Hawks by drawing a walk and was followed by Aaron Bird, who also was walked. Brady Bird issued a sacrifice bunt to move his teammates into scoring position before Ryan Kliegl was walked to load the sacks.
Joe Jackson would walk home when Jake Jackson was walked before Taylor Wegner hit a sac fly to center field that scored Bird's run. A walk of Jake Carlson with two outs was followed by an RBI?single from Luke Jackson that scored Kliegl before Greg Wesley hit a fly ball to second that ended the inning with the bases loaded.
The Indians would be retired in order in the top of the fourth frame and the E-hawks led off with Joe Jackson getting a base hit in the bottom of the fourth. A passed ball and wild pitch put Jackson on third, but after a fly ball and strikeout, Ryan Kliegl was walked and stole second. But once again, the E-Hawks stranded two runners when the inning ended on a fly ball.
PAC/PP would go down one out to lead off the fifth, but got a single, only to have the base runner put out at second on a force after a hit to right fielder Joe Jackson, who fielded the ball and fired to Aaron Bird at second for the force.
With two out, the Indians got a base runner on after being hit by a pitch, but left both their runners after a put out at first to end the at-bat.
Emmetsburg would face a new pitcher in the form of Brandon Hersom in the bottom of the fifth, and went down in order off good defense to leave the score at 3-0 to start the sixth inning.
The Indians would learn to dislike E-Hawk third baseman Brady Berkland as he engineered the first two outs of the sixth off put out throws to teammate Taylor Wegner at first. PAC/PP?would get a single and a walk with two away, but a called third strike would strand the Indians once again.
In the bottom of the sixth, Greg Wesley led off with a walk, but was put out at second on a force out off Joe Jackson's fielders' choice. Aaron Bird tapped out a base hit and stole second before Brady Berkland struck out.
With two away, Bird moved to third on Ryan Kliegl's base hit as Jackson plated his run and Bird scored off a passed ball as Kliegl took second on the errant throw. A single from Jake Jackson would allow Kliegl to come home, but Jackson would be left waiting when Taylor Wegner hit a long fly to second to end the inning with a 6-0 lead for the E-Hawks.
Emmetsburg settled in to play defense for the final time in the top of the seventh. Once again, Berkland got the first out with a quick throw to first and Greg Wesley made a nice catch of a long shot to left field before Berkland made another throw to first to end the game for the E-Hawk victory.
Luke Jackson would go the distance for Emmetsburg in facing 28 batters in his seven innings on the hill. Jackson allowed five hits, issuing two walks and striking out seven Indian batters while hitting one batter.
The Indians's Wyatt Rahn pitched four innings and surrendered three runs, two earned, off three hits, with six walks and two strikeouts. Reliever Brandon Herson was charged with the loss, as he surrendered three runs, two earned, off three hits in two innings of work on the hill, issuing one walk and striking out one batter. Emmetsburg was led by Jake Jackson's double and single, while Ryan Kliegl, Luke Jackson and Joe Jackson all added base hits.