Emmetsburg's E-Hawk baseball team gained a measure of revenge for an earlier season shutout in a 6-2 win over Cherokee in Lakes Conference action Monday night. The win improves Emmetsburg to 3-10 in the Lakes Conference and 10-11 overall as their season winds down.
After honoring the team's two seniors, Jake Jackson and Taylor Wegner in pre-game ceremonies, along with Coach Mike Brennan for his 300th win, the E-Hawks went to work quickly.
With Jake Jackson on the mound, the Braves were retired in order in the top of the first. Emmetsburg came up and got a leadoff walk for Dillon VanOosbree, who would come around to score off a passed ball as an error put Greg Wesley on base, only to see him stranded when the inning ended with a 1-0 E-Hawk lead.
DIVING?CATCH - E-Hawk shortstop Dillon VanOosbree makes a diving catch of a line drive and managed to turn a double play in the top of the third inning against Cherokee on Monday night. Emmetsburg earned a 6-2 victory over the Braves. -- Dan Voigt photo
The Braves went down in order in the top of the second and in their half of the inning, Emmetsburg led off with back-to-back singles from Taylor Wegner and Jacob Kibbie. A single by Zach Anderson loaded the sacks before Aaron Bird delivered a sacrifice fly to score Wegner's run. A sacrifice bunt by Dillon VanOosbree scored Kibbie's run to give the E-Hawks a 3-0 lead when the inning ended.
Cherokee got a runner on base off a walk in the third but left him at second. The E-Hawks would see Greg Wesley hit by a pitch with one out and with two outs, Taylor Wegner drew a walk. The two E-Hawks were left waiting however, to end the inning, still holding a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Braves got a single with one out and with two away, an error put a runner on base, but a fielders' choice got the force at second to end the at-bat with two on base.
Emmetsburg led off the bottom of the fourth with Zach Anderson walking and Aaron Bird blasting a double. With the two E-Hawks in scoring position, two quick outs were followed by a dropped fly ball error in right field on Jake Jackson's at bat. The error allowed both Anderson and Bird to plate their runs, but left Jackson waiting when the inning ended with a 5-0 lead.
The two teams traded outs in the fifth inning for a quick frame and in the top of the sixth, Cherokee erased their goose-egg with a double. The run would score off a pair of passed balls for a 5-1 tally.The E-Hawks answered with a leadoff single from Zach Anderson. A sacrifice by Aaron Bird moved Anderson to third after he took second on a passed ball.
Dillon VanOosbree got on base off a single, but on Luke Jackson's at bat, Anderson executed a delayed steal and stole home to score the run as VanOosbree stole second. VanOosbree would be left at second when the inning ended with a 6-1 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Cherokee got a leadoff walk and a double before a sacrifice fly scored a run, but it was too late as the E-Hawks made the stop to take the win.
Jake Jackson went the distance on the hill, giving up two runs, one earned, off four hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts. The E-Hawks' offense was led by Zach Anderson with two hits, while Aaron Bird had an RBI?double and Dillon VanOosbree added an RBI?single. Jacob Kibbie and Taylor Wegner both added base hits to the winning effort.
Emmetsburg traveled to LeMars on Tuesday for a makeup game and Garner-Hayfield/Ventura Wednesday. Tonight (Thursday), the E-Hawks makeup a game at Algona, and then enter Class 2A District Tournament play on Saturday, July 17 at Spirit Lake when they take on Okoboji in a 7 p.m. contest.