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E-Hawks Edged Out by Storm Lake
July 10, 2018

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by Dan Voigt

The Emmetsburg E-Hawks entered the final week of the regular season last Monday night hosting Storm Lake, but ended up falling to the Tornadoes by a 3-5 score. The loss gave Emmetsburg a 10-9 record on the season.

Storm Lake would take an early one-run lead in the top of the first inning, but left a runner stranded in their opportunity. Emmetsburg would reply with a run coming across the plate in the bottom of the inning. Ben Dunlap would score after getting on base off an error, and coming home off an error on Jeremiah Weir's at-bat. But Weir and Lex Kassel would be stranded when the inning came to an end in a 1-1 tie.

In the top of the second, Storm Lake would leave runners at second and third when their opportunity ended. The E-Hawks would take the lead when Corbin Saathoff drew a walk and came around to score off a wild pitch for a 2-1 advantage to start the third inning.

The Tornadoes would load the bases in the third, but couldn't find a way to bring their runners home. Their defense retired Emmetsburg in order to end the inning.

Still trailing 2-1 to start the fourth, Storm Lake erupted to score four runs in their half of the inning, getting a three-run home run shot to push them to a 5-2 advantage after stranding two runners. Emmetsburg would be retired in order once again, however, to end the fourth.

Storm Lake managed to get a runner to third base in the top of the fifth inning, but once again, made a defensive stop to retire the E-Hawks in order. The Tornadoes would get runners to third and second in the top of the sixth inning but couldn't bring them home.

Emmetsburg came up in the bottom of the sixth and got a run from Ben Dunlap after he was hit by a pitch, and came around to score off after a base hit from Jeremiah Weir and back-to-back walks of Lex Kassel and Dylan Kibbie. The trio was left waiting when the inning ended.

With a 5-3 lead entering the seventh inning, the Tornadoes were retired in order by the E-Hawk defense, and Emmetsburg came up to bat and got Ben Dunlap and Nick Schany on base, only to leave them looking for a way home as the game ended.

Lex Kassel pitched three and a third innings, giving up four runs, all earned, off two hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Ben Dunlap pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up one earned run off two hits with five walks and one strikeout. Jeremiah Weir pitched the final inning to close out the contest on the hill.

Emmetsburg would be held to one hit, coming from Jeremiah Weir.

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