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E-Hawks Win Tourney Opener Saturday

July 13, 2018
By Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

by Dan Voigt

LYTTON The Emmetsburg E-Hawks opened their post-season Saturday night with a 3-2 victory over Okoboji in a Class 2A District matchup played at Lytton. With the victory, Emmetsburg improved to 11-10 on the season and will continue post-season play tonight (Tuesday), July 10, at Estherville, taking on Estherville Lincoln Central.

In Saturday's matchup, Okoboji would lead off by being retired in order. The E-Hawks came up to bat in the bottom of the inning and got a leadoff walk for Hunter McAllister. Ben Dunlap drew a walk after McAllister stole second, but Dunlap was thrown out stealing second. Nick Schany would come up and rap out a base hit to score McAllister's run and Schany took second off a fly ball out by Jeremiah Weir. Schany would be left waiting at second when Lex Kassel struck out to end the inning with a 1-0 Emmetsburg lead.

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SOLID?PERFORMANCE - E-Hawk hurler Ben Dunlap fires a pitch in Saturday’s 3-2 win over?Okoboji in District Tourney play at Lytton. The E-Hawks advanced into a District matchup with Estherville Lincoln Central on Tuesday night. - - Jill Schany photo

Okoboji would answer back in the top of the second with a leadoff triple that would score off a single. Another single would put two runners on base but a runner was thrown out trying to steal second base. A walk put runners on the corners for Pioneers, but the E-Hawk defense would get a strikeout for the second out. Another walk would load the bases but Okoboji would leave all three runners stranded when a line drive ended the at-bat.

Emmetsburg would come up to bat but would be retired in order as Dylan Kibbie grounded out and two strikeouts followed to set up the third inning with a 1-1 tie.

The Pioneers would once again load the bases in the top of the third inning, but solid defense would deny Okoboji once again to end the threat. The E-Hawks would got down one out off a fly ball by Cole Keller, but Hunter McAllister got on base off an error and stole second as Ben Dunlap struck out, but Nick Schany rapped out a single that sent McAllister came to third and tried for home, but was thrown out to end the inning with the score still deadlocked at 1-1.

Okoboji would get a runner on base off a walk with one out in the top of the fourth, but the runner was thrown out on a double play to end the at-bat. Emmetsburg would go down in order in their half of the inning as Jeremiah Weir, Lex Kassel and Dylan Kibbie all hit into putouts as the game stayed knotted at 1-1.

To lead off the fifth inning, Okoboji went down an out, then got a double, but would leave their runner waiting as second as the E-Hawks got a strikeout and a fly ball to end the opportunity. The E-Hawks opened the bottom of the fifth with a strikeout, but a walk for Nick Krieg and Cole Keller being hit by a pitch put two runners on base before a wild pitch advanced the duo to third and second base. Hunter McAllister rapped out an RBI single to score both Krieg and Keller and Ben Dunlap was walked to put runners at first and second, but Nick Schany struck out and Jeremiah Weir grounded out to end the inning.

Now trailing 3-1, Okoboji got a run in the top of the sixth after the leadoff batter was hit by a pitch and came around to score off a walk and a single before leaving two runners stranded as the at-bat ended.

Emmetsburg would go down an out, but got Dylan Kibbie on base off an error before Corbin Saathoff singled and Nick Krieg walked. A fielders' choice for Cole Keller would put Kibbie out as he tried to score, and Hunter McAllister would fly out to leave three E-Hawks stranded at end the inning with a 3-2 lead to start the final inning.

The Pioneers led off with a walk and got a runner on base off an error, but left the two runners waiting for a way home to end the game.

Ben Dunlap went three and a third innings on the mound for the E-Hawks, giving up one earned run off two hits, with six walks and three strikeouts. Corbin Saathoff pitched three and two-thirds innings and surrendered one earned run off two hits with two walks and four walks.

For Emmetsburg's offense, Nick Schany, Ben Dunlap, Corbin Saathoff and Hunter McAllister all had base hits in the victorious effort.



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