Grafton slips past Riverdogs


MARK HOLZMAN, Howards Grove Riverdog infielder, tries to tag out a Grafton base stealer at second but is unsuccessful during Sunday’s baseball game. — Photo by Jodi Steines MARK HOLZMAN, Howards Grove Riverdog infielder, tries to tag out a Grafton base stealer at second but is unsuccessful during Sunday’s baseball game. — Photo by Jodi Steines Grafton scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to edge the Howards Grove Riverdogs, 3-1, in Land O’ Lakes Baseball League action Sunday afternoon at Howards.

The loss dropped the Riverdogs’ Northern Division record to 1-3 (1-4 overall). The Express upped their division mark to 3-2.

Jordan Clark’s RBI triple gave the Express a 2-1 lead in the ninth. Clark scored on Dustin Kesner’s double.

Mark Holzman and David Green led Howards in hits with two each. Brady Callahan drove in the Riverdogs’ run.

Kesner and Robbie Dorring paced Grafton’s attack with two hits each.

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The Riverdogs also lost a tough one to the Port Washington Lakers who rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to stun the visitors, 11-10, in league play. Justin Behm’s two-run double gave the Lakers to win.

Howards banged out 15 hits, keyed by Callahan and Bryce _ Skelton with three each. Noah Steines, Ashton Holzman and Tanner Reklaitis added two apiece.

Holzman belted a two-run homer in the seventh and shared the team lead in RBIs with Skelton at two each.

Kyle Kichura sparked the Lakers’ bats with four hits, followed by Justin Behm and Ryan Romans with three each.

In nonleague play May 28, the Riverdogs lost to visiting Denmark, 9-6. Callahan, Ashton Holzman and Skelton paced Howards’ attack with two hits apiece. Skelton had a team-best three RBIs.

GRAFTON 3

RIVERDOGS 1

Score by Innings
Grafton…..............000 001 002 – 3 9 1
Riverdogs.............000 001 000 – 1 7 1
Jordan Clark and Skylar Bohn; Tanner Reklaitis, Cole Reinemann (7) and
Bryce Skelton. W – Clark. L – Reinemann. 2Bs – Grafton, Mike Pruefer,
Dustin Kesner; Riverdogs, Mark Holzm__ an. 3B Grafton, Clark.

RIVERDOGS 10

PORT WASHINGTON 11

Score by Innings
Riverdogs.........123 101 200 – 10 15 0
Port Wash. .......001 511 003 – 11 14 3
Brady Callahan, Ryan Halverson
(6) and Noah Steines; Andy Wood,
Chris Mathis (8) and Tony Romans. W
– Mathis. L – Halverson. 2Bs – Riverdogs, Skelton 2; Grafton, Ryan Romans 2, Chris Laurischke, T. Romans,
Justin Behm 3. 3Bs – Grafton, R. Romans, Kyle Kichura, HR – Riverdogs,
Ashton Holzman.


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