Tigers sweep Rams, go to 8-0 in CLC

RANDOM LAKE – Howards Grove erupted for five runs in the top of the eighth inning to defeat Random Lake, 11-6, in game one of a baseball doubleheader here Monday evening.

The Tigers also won the nightcap, 13-2, to hike their Central Lakeshore Conference-leading record to 8-0 (9-1 overall). The Rams fell to 6-5 in the CLC (6-8 overall).

Alex Strege’s two-run double sparked the Tigers’ eighth in the opener. Zac Stauss contributed an RBI double. Dakota Rabe scored on an error which gave HGHS a 7-6 lead.

The Tigers banged out 12 hits, led by Zach Fritz, Rabe, Andrew Reinemann, Stauss and Strege with two each. Eric Reinemann walked three times. Andrew Reinemann and Strege had a teamhigh two RBIs each.

Fritz picked up the win in relief. The senior lefty allowed no earned runs on two hits with one walk and zero strikeouts in 3-2/3 innings.

Travis Huiras paced the Rams in hits with two. Erik Holeman led in RBIs with two on a double in the fifth.

GAME TWO

Junior Brad Olson spun a threehitter and had a team-high three hits to propel the Tigers to a rout in the second game.

Olson allowed two earned runs and five walks while striking out four in five innings (10-run rule).

Zach Fritz and Rabe contributed two hits each for the Tigers who pounded out a total of 10. Stauss led in RBIs with three, followed by Jake Fritz with two.

Rabe and Andrew Reinemann paced HGHS in runs with three apiece. The Tigers had an impressive 10 steals, led by Andrew Reinemann, Rabe and Noah Bramstedt with two each.

Evan DeBroux took the loss – allowing seven runs (four earned) on five hits with two walks, two strikeouts and three hit batters in three innings.

“I thought we hit the ball fairly well and scored first, extended leads [in both games], and came back to score six late in the first game – executing all of our plays exceptionally well,” said Tiger head coach Mark Weber.

“Zach Fritz came on in relief of Bryce Hoffman in the first game to get the win. Zach also hit very well in both games and is a very difficult hitter for the opposition to deal with.

“Brad Olson gave up only three hits as he dominated the Rams. “Our entire lineup had hits in this one [game two],” added Weber.


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