STORM LAKE Despite a solid pitching effort from Luke Jackson, Emmetsburg's E-Hawks fell to Storm Lake by a 3-1 tally Monday night. The loss sends the E-Hawks to 8-11 overall and 2-10 in the Lakes.
The E-Hawks would be retired in order to start Monday's contest, and in the bottom of the first, Storm Lake would take a 1-0 lead before Emmetsburg's defense would turn a double play to end the inning. Emmetsburg went down in order again in the top of the second and Storm Lake would tack on another run before being retired with a 2-0 lead.
In the third, the E-Hawks opened with a ground out by Taylor Wegner, but Zach Anderson reached on an error, only to be left waiting at second after a balk on Storm Lake Adam Krier before the E-Hawks were retired. In their half of the third, Storm Lake was put down in order by Emmetsburg's defense to leave the score at 2-0.
Luke Jackson would lead off the fourth inning for the E-Hawks with a walk, and moved to second on a passed ball before Jake Jackson flew out. A passed ball moved Luke Jackson to third base as Greg Wesley drew a walk. A sacrifice by Dillon VanOosbree scored Jackson and moved Wesley to second, but Wesley would be left waiting when Joe Jackson grounded out to end the at-bat. The Tornadoes would be retired in order in the bottom of the fourth holding a 2-1 lead.
A strike out by Taylor Wegner opened the fifth for the E-Hawks, but Zach Anderson came up with a base hit to right field. Anderson took second off a wild pitch before Aaron Bird grounded out and Jake Kibbie grounded out to leave Anderson at second base. Storm Lake would get a leadoff strikeout, but a single was followed by a single and an error allowed a run to score for a 3-1 lead. The Tornadoes would leave two men on base when the inning ended, however.
In the top of the sixth inning, Emmetsburg got a leadoff single from Luke Jackson, who was put out at second on a fielders' choice on Jake Jackson's at-bat. Greg Wesley drew a walk, but Jake Jackson was caught stealing second and Dillon VanOosbree was called out on strikes to end the opportunity. Storm Lake would get a base hit and a walk in their half of the inning, but left both runners waiting.
Joe Jackson stepped up to open the seventh with a single off a hard grounder, but three consecutive strikeouts ended the contest with Storm Lake escaping with the 3-1 win.
Luke Jackson would go six innings, giving up three runs, two earned, off seven hits, with three walks and nine strikeouts.
For the E-Hawks, Luke Jackson, Jake Jackson and Zach Anderson had the only hits in the contest.