Tigers achieve perfection in CLC play

HOWARDS GROVE – The Howards Grove Tigers accomplished a rare feat as they climaxed their Central Lakeshore Conference championship baseball season undefeated with an 11-8 win over visiting Ozaukee Friday night.

The Tigers went 18-0 in the CLC, improved to 19-2 overall and ran their winning streak to seven. The Warriors finished 8-10 in the league and fell to 8-15 overall.

“It’s a great accomplishment and very special. I’m very proud of the kids,” said Tiger head coach Mark Weber about going unbeaten in the CLC.

Weber, who’s in his 20th season as the HGHS head coach, said it’s been at least 20 years since a CLC team had a perfect record in league play.

“The Ozaukee game was a dogfight. It was a good game. We find a way to win. We’re a pretty resilient team,” said Weber.

“This was a great team effort. We had timely hitting.”

The Tigers erupted for six runs in the bottom of the second inning to go up 6-0 and then held off the Warriors the rest of the way. The big hits in the second were a three-run double by Bryce Hoffmann and a two-run single by Terry Fritsch.

Ozaukee rallied for five runs in the third to cut the deficit to 6-5 but the Tigers responded with five unanswered runs in the third and fourth frames combined to build an 11-5 cushion.

Hoffmann had a big night at the plate with a team-high three RBIs and two hits (both doubles). Dakota Rabe also collected two hits.

Fritsch and Travis Stanczyk had two RBIs apiece.

Four players led HGHS in runs with two each – Rabe, Fritsch,

Brad Olson and Noah Bramstedt.

The Warriors’ attack was spearheaded by Jake Wolf, Mitch Mc-

Connell, Jeremy Wichmann and

Garrett Hoffmann with two hits each. Wichmann had a team-best three RBIs. McConnell led in runs with three.

Zach Fritz was the winning pitcher and Hoffmnann picked up a save. Fritz allowed five runs (all earned) on seven hits with one walk and no strikeouts in four innings. Hoffmann threw the final three frames and gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits with two walks and five whiffs.

Ozaukee’s starting hurler, Hoffmann, took the loss. He surrendered eight runs (all earned) on five hits with seven walks and zero strikeouts in only 2-1/3 innings. Warrior pitching issued 12 walks.

The Tigers will host CLC rival Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah in a regional first-round game Tuesday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.

OZAUKEE
8

HOWARDS GROVE
11

Score by Innings
Ozaukee................005 021 0 – 8 12

Howards Grove....062 300 x – 11 8

Garrett Hoffmann, Jared Bares (3),
Jeremy Wichmann (5) and Zac Beck;
Zach Fritz, Bryce Hoffmann (5) and
Jake Fritz. W – Fritz. L – Hoffman. Save
– Hoffmann. 2Bs – Ozaukee, Mitch Mc-
Connell, Wichmann 2, Hoffmann; Howards Grove, Travis Stanczyk, Hoffmann
2, Olson. 3B – Howards Grove, J. Fritz.


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