Tigers’ long CLC winning streak ends

HOWARDS GROVE – Oostburg snapped the Howards Grove Tigers’ Central Lakeshore Conference baseball winning streak at an incredible 27 in a row with a 9-8 win here Monday night.

The CLC defeat was the Tigers’ first since the 2013 season. HGHS was 18-0 last year en route to the league title. The Tigers dropped to 9-1 this season in the CLC (10-2 overall) but still hold first place.

Oostburg rallied for six runs in the top of the seventh inning to erase a 6-2 deficit and go ahead 8-6. Ryan Hafeman’s two-run double ignited the comeback.

The Tigers responded with two runs in their half of the seventh to knot the score, 8-8. The runs scored on bases-loaded walks by Alex Strege and Zach Fritz. HGHS drew five walks in the frame.

The Flying Dutchmen (4-3 in the CLC and 5-5 overall), scored the winning run in the eighth on Adam Swart’s double.

“I thought we played well enough to win this one by leading 6-2 in the seventh. We just didn’t finish,” said Tiger head coach Mark Weber.


ANDREW REINEMANN, Howards Grove second baseman, tags out Oostburg’s Ryan Hafeman trying to steal second in Monday’s CLC baseball game. Catcher Jake Fritz made the throw. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ANDREW REINEMANN, Howards Grove second baseman, tags out Oostburg’s Ryan Hafeman trying to steal second in Monday’s CLC baseball game. Catcher Jake Fritz made the throw. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “The difference in the game was a few hard-hit balls by Oostburg late in the game. They drove the ball into the gaps for extra bases and we didn’t.”

The Tigers were outhit 12-4 but walked eight times and were aided by five Oostburg errors.

Jonny Daane led the Dutchmen in hits with two, followed by Chris Brill, Jake Daane and Jonah Frier with two each. Ryan Hafeman and Brill had a team-high two RBIs apiece.

HGHS had four players with one hit each – Dakota Rabe, Andrew Reinemann, Bryce Hoffmann and Jake Fritz. Rabe led in RBIs with two.

Noah Bramstedt, a courtesy runner, paced the Tigers in runs with three. Quentin Zettler had a teambest two steals.

Brill earned the win in relief after pitching the eighth and striking out the side.

Brad Olson took the loss. Olson pitched the eighth and gave up one earned run on two hits with no walks and one strikeout.

Hoffmann was the Tigers’ starting hurler and went six innings – allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Zach Fritz came in to relieve in the seventh and was tagged for four runs (all earned) on four hits with three walks and zero strikeouts in only two-thirds of an inning.

Lukas Meerdink was the Dutchmen’s starting pitcher. He threw seven innings and surrendered eight runs but only three earned on four hits with eight walks and nine strikeouts. Meerdink plunked four batters.

The bright spots [for HGHS] were the ability to come back after giving up the lead of 6-2 and tie it, 8-8. Bryce Hoffman deserved the win after six strong innings,” said Weber.


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