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E-Hawks Take Trio Of Wins On Diamond

June 5, 2018
By Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

by Dan Voigt

Emmetsburg's E-Hawks earned three wins in the last half of the week in games against East Sac County, Okoboji and St. Mary's to improve to 3-2 on the season.

In action Wednesday night at Wall Lake, the E-Hawks came home with a hard-fought, 9-7 win over the Raiders.

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LOOK?IT?IN - Emmetsburg’s Ben Dunlap looks a grounder into his glove during play last week. Dunlap would pick up a win on the mound for the E-Hawks on Friday evening in Twin Lakes Conference play against St. Mary’s. The E-Hawks improved to 3-2 with wins at the end of last week. -- Jill Schany photo

Coach Brett Hansen's E-Hawks took an early 1-2 lead but fell behind 5-1 at the end of the third inning. A quick run for the E-Hawks kept their hopes alive in the fourth, and both team would plate runs in the fifth inning for 6-3 East Sac lead.

Neither team could score in the sixth, which set up the decisive seventh inning. In their final at-bat, Emmetsburg led off with a ground out and a strikeout, but the rally began with a base hit from Jeremiah Weir, a double by Hunter McAllister, a single from Nick Krieg, a double from Nick Schany and an error for Ben Dunlap before fielders' choice for Lex Kassel and a single from Cole Keller pushed six runs over the plate before the final out.

The Raiders would push a run across the plate in their half of the inning but it was too little too late as Emmetsburg stole the league victory.

Hunter McAllister made the start for Emmetsburg an in two innings and had three walks with one hit and one strikeout, allowing four runs, two earned.

Lex Kassel pitched four and a third innings, allowing two hits, five walks and struck out four surrendering three runs, two earned.

Ben Dunlap would earn the save, pitching the final third of an inning recording the game-ending strikeout.

The E-Hawks got two doubles from Hunter McAllister and a double each from Jeremiah Weir and Nick Schany, while Nick Krieg, Lex Kassel, Cole Keller, Nick Schany and Jeremiah Weir all had base hits each.

Thursday evening the E-Hawks made a short trip to Milford to meet the Okoboji Pioneers and came away with a 3-1 victory.

The game would be a pitcher's duel between Corbin Saathoff and Ryan Halbur of Okoboji.

Emmetsburg stranded a runner in the first and Okoboji went down in order in their half of the inning. The E-Hawks would get Nick Schany and Ben Dunlap would be left waiting in scoring position in the second frame, but the E-Hawks stranded an Okoboji runner to end the inning.

IN the top of the third, Dylan Kibbie led off and got on base off an error and worked his way around the bases to scored off an RBI?single from Jeremiah Weir. Weir would be left waiting when the at-bat ended with Emmetsburg leading 1-0.

Okoboji would get a runner to third base in their half of the inning, but couldn't bring him home as the inning ended.

The E-Hawks were retired in order in the top of the fourth, and Okoboji got runners on second and first but once again were turned away by the E-Hawk defense.

But Emmetsburg went down in order again in the top of the fifth inning and returned the favor to the PIoneers for a quick inning.

In the top of the sixth, Emmetsburg led off with a groundout by Weir, but Hunter McAllister tallied a base hit and was followed by a single from Nick Krieg. A fly ball by Nick Schany would be followed by a walk of Ben Dunlap, but a passed ball allowed by McAllister and Krieg to score their runs. Dunlap would steal second, but was left waiting.

Okoboji would score a run in the bottom of the sixth off a walk and a pair of singles, but left two runners traded to set up the seventh inning.

Clinging to a 3-1 lead, Emmetsburg would go down two outs before Corbin Saathoff was hit by a pitch, but would be left stranded when the at-bat ended. Saathoff shook off the ding and induced a strikeout, an infield fly and ended the game with a strikeout for the 3-1 win.

Saathoff earned the win, going seven innings, allowing one earned run off three hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

The E-Hawks would get just three hits from Hunter McAllister, Nick Krieg and Jeremiah Weir.

Returning home Friday night, the E-Hawks hosted St. Mary's of Storm Lake and recorded a 5-4 win over the Panthers.

Storm Lake would get a quick run to start the game, but Emmetsburg took the lead back in the bottom of the second inning off heads-up base running. Nick Krieg walked and Nick Schany got on base off an error before Ben Dunlap walked. Krieg would score his run off a passed ball, while Schany came home off an error and with two outs, Dunlap stole home to put the E-Hawks up 3-1 to end the second inning.

St. Mary's would strand a runner in the top of the third and in their half of the third, Emmetsburg added two more runs when Jeremiah Weir led off with a base hit and Hunter McAllister drew a walk. An error put Nick Krieg on base and allowed Weir to score his run. McAllister would steal home to score his run, but Krieg would be left waiting at third when the inning ended.

The two teams traded outs in the fourth and fifth innings, but in the sixth, St. Mary's would erupt for three runs off a pair of walks and a pair of base hits to cut Emmetsburg's lead to 5-4. The E-Hawks would strand a runner in the bottom of the sixth but played tough defense in the top of the seventh, stranding two St. Mary's runners to end the contest with the 5-4 win.

Ben Dunlap went six and a third innings on the hill, giving up four runs, three earned, off three hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Nick Krieg relieved for two-thirds of an inning and tallied one strikeout.

Emmetsburg's lone hits in the contest both came from Jeremiah Weir with his two singles.

Emmetsburg is on the road Monday, Wednesady and Thursday and return home Friday before hosting their own tournament on Saturday, June 9.



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