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Emmetsburg Boys Win Own Tournament Title
June 13, 2018

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by Dan Voigt

Emmetsburg's E-Hawks hosted their own invitational tournament on Saturday and emerged as the champions of the day. Emmetsburg picked up wins over Okoboji and Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire to earn their tournament championship.

To start out the day, Emmetsburg collected a 12-9 win over the Okoboji Pioneers.

Emmetsburg would score two runs from Hunter McAllister and Lex Kassel in their half of the first inning, but Okoboji pushed five runs over the plate to take a 5-2 lead to start the second inning. Emmetsburg would score two more runs, as Hunter McAllister and Ben Dunlap would both come home to cut the deficit to 5-4.

After holding Okoboji scoreless in the bottom of the second, the E-Hawks took the lead in the top of the third with two runs from Nick Krieg and Jace Carlson to give Emmetsburg 6-5 advantage. But in the bottom of the fourth, Okoboji pushed two runs over the plate to take a 7-6 lead as Emmetsburg was held out in their half of the fourth.

The E-Hawks would score a run in the top of the fifth inning when Nick Krieg scored a run to tie the game up at 7-7. But again, Okoboji would come up with a pair of runs in their half of the inning to take a 9-7 lead into the sixth inning. The back and forth battle continued in the top of the sixth as Emmetsburg brought Colby Weir and Nick Krieg over the plate to tie the game up at 9-9 and Emmetsburg would hold Okoboji in the bottom of the inning to set up the deciding seventh frame.

Emmetsburg would go down two quick outs in the top of the seventh, but came back to bring Colby Weir, Nick Krieg and Jace Carlson all over the plate before the at-bat ended for a 12-3 lead. Emmetsburg would turn a double play and a ground out in the bottom of the seventh to save the victory.

Jace Carlson would pitch six and a third innings, giving up nine runs, seven earned, off nine hits with nine walks and three strikeouts. Hunter McAllister relieved for two-thirds of an inning and gave up one hit off seven walks with one strikeout.

Ben Dunlap and Lex Kassel each had two hits, while Corbin Saathoff and Jeremiah Weir both added one hit each.

For the championship game, Emmetsburg would defeat Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayshire by a 14-4 tally to win the title.

The Titans would score a run in their half of the first inning and the E-Hawks answered with a run from Hunter McAllister in the bottom of the inning for a 1-1 score. The two teams would trade defense in the second and third inning and GT/RA was denied in the top of the fourth. Emmetsburg came up and pushed four runs over the plate in the bottom of the inning, as Lex Kassel, Dylan Kibbie, Ben Dunlap and Jace Carlson scored runs to put the E-Hawks up 5-1.

The Titans would score three runs in the top of the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 5-4, but the E-Hawks responded with five runs of their own. Lex Kassel, Dylan Kibbie, Ben Dunlap, Corbin Saathoff and Jace Carlson would all come over the plate again as Emmetsburg increased its lead to 10-4 at the end of the fifth frame.

Graettinger-Terril/ Ruthven-Ayrshire would be shut out in their half of the sixth and Emmetsburg would come up to score four more runs, as Ben Dunlap, Jace Carlson, Hunter McAllister and Nick Schany would all come home to score runs that ended the game by the 10-run rule off the 14-4 score.

Nick Krieg pitched five innings and surrendered four runs, three earned, off eight hits with five walks and five strikeouts. Jeremiah Weir pitched one inning,

Giving up one walk and one strikeout.

The E-Hawks got doubles from Nick Schany and Ben Dunlap and a base hit from Jeremiah Weir in the victorious effort, which improved Emmetsburg to a mark of 5-5 on the season.

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