A pair of tough losses for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks opened a four-night stand on the diamond this week as the season begins to wind down. The E-Hawks would fall on the road at Spirit Lake on Monday night and then were edged by Sioux Central on Tuesday dropped the E-Hawks to 3-5 in the Lakes Conference and 8-10 overall on the season.
The week opened with a conference tilt at Spirit Lake against the Indians, who claimed an 8-2 win over the E-Hawks. Emmetsburg had a hard time getting started on a hot night, as they were retired in order in the top of the first. Spirit Lake would quickly push four runs over the plate in their half of the inning to post a 4-0 lead after the opening frame.
Emmetsburg went down in order in the second and the Indians added another run in the second to go up 5-0.
Emmetsburg’s Taylor Wegner gets a throw down from catcher Jake Carlson in an effort to pick off Sioux Central’s Matt Schiltz at first during play Tuesday night. --Dan Voigt photo
The E-Hawks got their first base runner in the third after Greg Wesley was walked, but he was left witing when the at-bat ended. The Indians would strand a runner in the bottom of the third as well, leaving the score at 5-0.
In the top of the fourth, Jake Jackson would get on base with one out, but was put out on a fielders' choice of Taylor Wegner's at-bat, which left Wegner stranded when Jake Carlson flew out to end the at-bat.
Spirit Lake would add two more runs in the bottom of the fourth off a double and a base hit to extend their lead to 7-0 when the inning ended.
The E-Hawks opened the fifth with Joe Jackson getting a lead off single. The right fielder worked his way to second base, but would be able to move no further as two strikeouts and a put out of Aaron Bird ended the opportunity. Spirit Lake would go down by two outs, but then used an error to plate another run before the inning ended.
Trailing 8-0 to start the sixth inning, Emmetsburg led off with Brady Berkland blasting a solo home run shot to break the scoring drought. A fly out of Ryan Kliegl was followed by a Jake Jackson being hit by a pitch. Jackson would advance off a single from Taylor Wegner and scored off Jake Carlson's sac fly before the inning ended.
Spirit Lake went down in order in the sixth, but returned the favor to the E-Hawks to preserve the 8-2 win over Emmetsburg.
Taylor Wegner took the loss, giving up eight runs off five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Brady Berkland had a home runs shot and a single, while Taylor Wegner, Greg Wesley and Joe Jackson all added base hits to the effort.
Tuesday the E-Hawks hosted Sioux Central in a preview of a possible tournament matchup but ended up on the wrong side of a 4-3 score.
Sioux Central would strike first, plating a run in the top of the first off a base hit, while Emmetsburg stranded Ryan Kliegl, Jake Jackson and Jake Carlson in their at-bat.
The Rebels would strand a runner in the top of the second inning , but Emmetsburg would be retired in order in their half of the inning to trail 1-0.
In the top of the third, Sioux Central would get a runner on base as the leadoff hitter was hit by a pitch from E-Hawk hurler Luke Jackson. The second batter was also hit by a pitch before a single was followed by a fielder's choice that saw the leadoff runner put out at third. A double would then score two runs for the Rebels before the third run scored off a sacrifice bunt.
Trailing 4-0 as they came up to bat in the bottom of the third, Emmetsburg needed to get something going. Ryan Kliegl led off with a walk and Jake Jackson was hit by a pitch. An error put Taylor Wegner on base before Jake Carlson struck out. A single from Joe Jackson brought Kliegl home and a single from Greg Wesley scored Jake Jackson before the inning ended.
With their lead halved, the Rebels would strand a runner at second in the top of the fourth. Aaron Bird led off the bottom of the fourth for the E-Hawks with a double and quickly scored when Brady Berkland duplicated the effort, but Berkland would be left waiting when the E-Hawks went down in order after that.
Sioux Central would strand a runner in the fifth and Emmetsburg went down in order in the bottom of the frame. Another stranded runner was the Rebels' fate in the top of the sixth. but the E-Hawks did the same thing with Berkland in the bottom of the sixth.
Sioux Central went down two outs to start the top of the seventh, but got a walk, only to leave th runner watching from first as the at-bat ended.
Still trailing by a run at 4-3, the E-Hawks were looking for a break, but the Rebel defense made three straight put outs to end the contest in the disappointing loss.
Luke Jackson took the loss, giving up four runs, two earned, off four hits while issuing one walk with six strikeouts.
Emmetsburg's offense was led by Brady Berkland and Aaron Bird with doubles. Joe Jackson and Greg Wesley both added singles to the effort.
After a scheduled meeting with Spencer on Wednesday night, the E-Hawks will host LeMars in a Lakes Conference contest Thursday night to conclude the four-day stand.
Emmetsburg will travel to Hull on Monday, June 25, to take on Western Christian for another Lakes test and then travel to Manson on Tuesday, June 26, to match up with the Cougars.