Tigers bounce back to win nightcap


EMILY WENSINK of Oostburg slides into third with a an RBI triple as the throw gets away from Howards Grove third baseman Paige Splittgerber in game one of Friday’s softball doubleheader. Tiger pitcher Lyndsay Peterson backs up the throw. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley EMILY WENSINK of Oostburg slides into third with a an RBI triple as the throw gets away from Howards Grove third baseman Paige Splittgerber in game one of Friday’s softball doubleheader. Tiger pitcher Lyndsay Peterson backs up the throw. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley HOWARDS GROVE – Sophomore Paige Splittgerber earned a complete-game victory as the Howards Tigers topped Oostburg, 4-2, in the nightcap of Friday’s Central Lakeshore Conference softball doubleheader at HGHS.

Splittgerber allowed only one earned run, walked none and struck out three. The Tigers rebounded well after a disappointing 16-11 loss in the opener which saw them commit four costly errors which led to a whopping 13 unearned runs.

In game two, the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to grab a 4-2 lead. Pinch runner Katy Berg scored all the way from second base on Sydney Handel’s sacrifice bunt which gave HGHS a 3-2 lead. Kara Bell scored the fourth run on an error after hitting a single earlier.

Bell and Lyndsay Peterson led HGHS in hits with two each. Peterson drilled a double and had one RBI.

“This is a great bounce-back win after losing the first game of the doubleheader in miserable fashion,” said Tiger head coach Tom Heier whose team is 3-10 on the CLC (5-16 overall).

“We played an excellent defensive game. When we do we can play with anybody in the league.”

The Tigers committed just one error in the nightcap.

The Lady Dutch’s attack was led by Jessica Mullikin, Abbie Huibregtse and Emily Wensink with two hits each.

GAME ONE

The Lady Dutch rallied from a 11-3 deficit to win the opener. Oostburg erupted for six runs in the fifth and seven in the seventh. HGHS made two key errors in the seventh which resulted in all of the runs being unearned.

The clutch hits for Oostburg in the seventh were a two-run triple each by Huibregtse and Wensink. Huibregtse sparked the Lady Dutch’s 19-hit assault with four hits. Wensink had a team-high six RBIs and Huibregtse contributed four.

Huibregtse picked up the win in relief of starting hurler Mallory Grossenbach. Huibregtse pitched 3-2/3 scoreless innings to close out the game.

Rachel Kushnier powered the Tigers’ bats with three hits. Taylor Bubolz, Sarah Gardner and Alyssa Herwig added two each. Peterson and Handel had a team-high three RBIs apiece.

RANDOM LAKE GAME

In CLC play May 8, the Tigers fell to visiting Random Lake, 10-3.

Cathryn Hiller was the winning pitcher and Peterson took the loss.

Berg and Gardner led HGHS at the plate with three hits each. Peterson had a team-best two RBIs.

The Rams’ offense was spearheaded by Jenny Bares, Ashley Risse, Haley Miller and Chelsea Weiss with two hits apiece. Emma Schimberg led in RBIs with three.


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