Strong start sparks Tigers past Elkhart


ALEX STREGE of Howards Grove steals second just ahead of Elkhart Lake catcher Elliot Van Oss’s throw to second baseman Derek Weiss in Tuesday’s CLC baseball game. — Photo by Mike McGill ALEX STREGE of Howards Grove steals second just ahead of Elkhart Lake catcher Elliot Van Oss’s throw to second baseman Derek Weiss in Tuesday’s CLC baseball game. — Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – The Howards Grove Tigers blew out to a 10-0 lead after 3½ innings to fuel a 10-4 win over the Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah Resorters in a Central Lakeshore Conference baseball game Tuesday night at June Vollrath Park.

The Tigers raised their CLC record to 10-6 (12-7 overall). The Resorters fell to 0-16 in the league (0-20 overall).

Howards scored four runs in _–_ _ _ the bottom of the second, keyed by Zach Fritz’s two-run double.

The Tigers added three runs each in the third and fourth frames. In the third, Ethan Schelk cracked an RBI single and Alex Strege hit a sacrifice fly.

In the fourth, Jordan Wittman, Terry Fritsch and Schelk had one RBI single each.

Austin Edge led the Tiger bats with three hits, followed by Bryce Hoffmann, Derek Gabsch and Schelk with two apiece. Schelk and Fritz had a team-high two RBIs each.

Jordan Wittman scored a team-high three runs for the Tigers. Edge led in steals with two.

Tyler Jones keyed the Resorter attack with three hits. A.J. Klemme, Danny Schneider and Derek Weiss added two each. Elliot Van Oss and Stuart Zelle had one RBI each.

Fritsch was the starting and winning pitcher. He allowed four earned runs on 10 hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 6-1/3 innings.

Zelle took the loss. He gave up 10 runs (six earned) on 13 hits with three walks and two strikeouts in going the route.

“Terry Fritsch pitched well in this one. He changed speeds well,” said Tiger head coach Mark Weber.

“I thought we played well. It looks like we may be peeking at the right time. We are playing much better baseball now.”

HOWARDS GROVE 10

ELKHART LAKE 4

Score by Innings
Howards Grove...043 300 0 – 10 13 2
Elkhart Lake.........000 300 1 – 4 11 1
W – Terry Fritsch. L – Stuart Zelle.
2Bs – Howards Grove, Zach Fritz,
Austin Edge, Jordan Wittman, Derek
Gabsch; Elkhart Lake, A.J. Klemme.
3B Elkhart Lake, Da ny Schneider.


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