Tigers rally for CLC win over Crusaders

The Howards Grove Tigers rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh inning to earn a 10-6 comeback win over Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler Tuesday afternoon in Sheboygan.

Howards bounced back from Monday’s 10-0 loss at Winnebago Lutheran Academy (Fond du Lac), The Tigers upped their Central Conference record to 3-2 (3-5 overall).

The Tigers trailed Lutheran 6-5 heading into the seventh. Amber Reinemann’s two-run single was the key hit in the frame. A throwing error past first base plated two runs. Katie Sohn capped off the rally with an RBI double.

Reinemann and Robyn Bitter led the Tigers’ attack with three hits apiece. Lyndsay Peterson and Lindsey Krell added two hits each.

Sohn, Bitter and Reinemann had a team-high two RBIs each. Krell led in runs with three.

Jordyn Thaves, Kyleen Bruckner and Ashley Truttschel paced the Crusaders in hits with two each.

Sohn went the distance to earn the win. She allowed four earned runs on eight hits with five walks and three strikeouts.

Bruckner took the loss. She gave up seven earned runs on 12 hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in going the distance.

“This was a well-needed win by the Tigers. Lutheran has given us fits every game the last two years,” said Tiger head coach Tom Heier.

“We capitalized on a couple of mistakes and our bats finally came alive in the seventh inning. We started hitting line drives.”



The Vikings outhit Howards 8-2 and were aided by three Tiger errors en route to the nonconference win.

Sami Kraus was the starting and winning hurler. Kraus threw four innings and allowed no runs on two hits. Singles by Sarah Scheiber and Robyn Bitter in the top of the first accounted for the Tigers’ hits.

Becca Marchant and Crystal Gugler had two hits each to pace Lutheran. Gugler also led in RBIs with three.



Score by Innings Howards Grove..210 002 5 – 10 12 1 Lutheran/Kohler..100 122 0 – 6 8 3

Katie Sohn and Robyn Bitter; Kyleen Bruckner and Alyssa Holz. W – Sohn. L – Bruckner. 2B – Howards Grove, Sohn.

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