SPENCER Despite a Grand Slam in the top of the third inning, Emmetsburg's E-Hawks would come up a run short in a 12-inning , 6-5 loss marathon game with Spencer Wednesday night. The heartbreaker dropped the E-Hawks to 7-7 on the season and 2-6 in the Lakes Conference.
The two ballclubs would leave baserunners waiting in the first inning and the E-Hawks left one in the second before Spencer went down in order in the second. The third inning opened with Dillon VanOosbree singling. The Tigers tried to pick off pinch runner Wes Schultes on three straight tries at first before Aaron Bird drew a walk. Luke Jackson singled to load the sacks before Jake Jackson stepped to the plate and sent a ball over the left field fence for the Grand Slam and the 4-0 lead. Greg Wesley would follow with a base hit, but a double play on Joe Jackson's at-bat put Wesley and Jackson out before Taylor Wegner walked, only to be stranded when Zach Anderson struck out.
Spencer would strand a runner in the bottom of the third to trail 4-0 at the end of the inning.
PULL?IT?DOWN - E-Hawk first baseman Joe Jackson leaps for a throw on a put out attempt against a Spencer runner during action Wednesday night. The E-Hawks would battle the Tigers for 12 innings before being edged in a 6-5 tally. -- Dan Voigt photo
The E-Hawks went down in order in the top of the fourth, and Spencer pushed a run over the plate in their half of the inning off a solo homer to make the score 4-1. In the top of the fifth, Jake Jackson would single, only to be left waiting when the at-bat ended. Spencer would tie the game up in the bottom of the fifth inning using a couple of E-Hawk errors and a double with a single to do the damage.
The two teams settled into a defensive battle, as Emmetsburg went down in order in the sixth and Spencer stranded three batters in their half of the inning. The E-Hawks would leave Aaron Bird on base in the top of the seventh and Spencer would reciprocate in their at-bat.
Emmetsburg got Jake Jackson on base in the top of the eighth, but a double play got Jackson and Greg Wesley before Joe Jackson grounded out. The Tigers stranded a runner to keep the deadlock going into the ninth inning. The E-hawks got walks from Zach Anderson and Dillon VanOosbree, but couldn't bring the duo home. Spencer would get a walk only to have him thrown out at home, and left runners on all three bases.
To lead off the tenth inning, Emmetsburg went down two quick outs, but Greg Wesley singled and then went to second off defensive interference. Joe Jackson would reach on an error as pinch runner West Schultes moved to third base and then came home to break the deadlock before the E-Hawks were retired. Spencer would reach on a leadoff error, and then moved their runner around the bases on a sacrifice and an error before scoring a run to tie the game back up with one out. But, Wegner would strike out the remaining two batters to send the game into the 11th inning, now tied up at 5-5.
The two teams traded outs in the 11th inning, both going down in order to set up the 12th frame. Emmetsburg saw Bird ground out to second before Luke Jackson grounded out the short and Jake Jackson hit a line shot to third base for the third out. Spencer grounded out to start their at-bat, but got a single before a strikeout for the second out. An error moved the runner to second and then to third before a fielders' choice to second saw Aaron Bird flip the ball to first, but the throw was a second too late, allowing the Spencer runner to get home to score the wining run.
For the E-Hawks, Luke Jackson went five innings on the hill, allowing four runs, one earned, off six hits, inlcuing a home run, with two walks and three strikeouts. Taylor Wegner relieved for six and a third innings, allowing two runs, both unearned, off three hits with five walks and eight strikeouts. Jake Jackson pitched a third of an inning and got one strikeout.
For the E-Hawks, Jake Jackson had the Grand Slam homer and a base hit, while Jake Jackson and Greg Wesley both had two hits. Aaron Brid, Luke Jackson, Taylor Wegner and Dillon VanOosbree all added hits to the effort.