Tigers’ bats come alive to key rout

FREDONIA – Fueled by a 15- hit barrage, the Howards Grove Tigers pummeled Ozaukee, 14-4, in a Central Lakeshore Conference baseball game here Wednesday evening.

The Tigers, who were held to only four hits in their previous game (a 9-8 loss June 22 against Oostburg), exploded for six runs in the top of the first inning to go up 6-0. Bryce Hoffmann, Brad Olson, Zac Stauss, Alex Strege and Dakota Rabe contributed RBI singles in the frame.

HGHS upped its CLC-leading record to 10-1 (11-2 overall).

The Tigers also had a six-run outburst in the fifth which gave them a 14-1 lead.

HGHS had five batters with at least two hits, led by Olson and Stauss with three each. Rabe, Andrew Reinemann and Strege added two hits apiece.

Olson and Stauss paced the Tigers in RBIs with three each. Strege, Hoffmann and Rabe contributed two apiece. Olson and courtesy runner Noah Bramstedt scored a team-high three runs each.

Jeremy Wichmann, Mike Richter and Jake Beck led the Warriors in hits with two each.

Matt Bagnall notched a complete game win. Bagnall allowed three earned runs on eight hits with five walks and two strikeouts in five innings (10-run rule).

“Matthew Bagnall, only a sophomore, pitched very well in this game but the big story was our bats coming alive,” said Tiger head coach Mark Weber.

“We scored in almost all of the five innings, including six in the first inning, and played solid defense. We are starting to become the team I knew we could be.”

The losing hurler was Garrett Hoffmann who started and lasted only two innings. Hoffmann was roughed up for eight runs (six earned) on eight hits with one walk and a strikeout.

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