Saukville outslugs Riverdogs in tourney opener


BRADY CALLAHAN of the Howards Grove Riverdogs digs in against a Saukville pitcher during Saturday’s LOL Northern Division baseball tournament opener. — Photo by Jodi Steines BRADY CALLAHAN of the Howards Grove Riverdogs digs in against a Saukville pitcher during Saturday’s LOL Northern Division baseball tournament opener. — Photo by Jodi Steines MEQUON – After storming back to grab a 9-7 lead, Howards Grove was unable to hold off Saukville which outscored the Riverdogs 10-1 the rest of the way to earn a 17-10 win in the first round of the Land O’ Lakes Baseball League Northern Division tournament here Saturday afternoon.

The No. 6-seeded Riverdogs ended their season with a 6-13 record. The Saints, seeded No. 3, advanced to Sunday’s semifinals and lost to No. 1-seeded Cedarburg, 2-0.

The Riverdogs exploded for six runs in the top of the fifth inning to erase a 7-3 deficit. Ryan Halverson ripped a two-run double which tied the game, 7-7.

Peter Nebel followed with a double which scored Halverson and put Howards ahead, 8-7. Noah Steines then cracked a single, driving in Nebel to make it 9-7.

The Saints rallied to seize an 11-9 lead after seven. Leading 11-10, Saukville busted the game open with a six-run outburst in the eighth. The key hit was a two-run double by Matt Jacoby which upped the Saints’ advantage to 13-10.

Cole Granrath slugged a pair of two-run homers to spark the Saints’ attack. Granrath and Ryan Modder led Saukville in hits with three each.

Steines was red-hot at the plate with a team-high five hits. P.J. Weber had three hits and Nebel, two, for the Riverdogs. Nebel paced Howards in RBIs with three.

The teams combined for 33 hits, led by Saukville with 17.

Weber and Eric Dickmyer paced Howards in runs with two each.

RIVERDOGS 10

SAUKVILLE 17

Score by Innings
Riverdogs........120 060 010 – 10 16 0
Saukville..........241 002 26x – 17 17 2
Cole Reinemann, Eric Dickmyer (3),
Brady Callahan (8) and Noah Steines;
Sam Matthies, Casey Johnson (5) and
Josh Hein. W – Johnson. L – Dickmyer.
HRs – Saukville, Cole Granrath 2.


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