Tigers finish 16-2 in CLC with victory

OOSTBURG – A three-run fourth inning lifted the Howards Grove Tigers over the Oostburg Flying Dutchmen, 6-3, in a Central Lakeshore Conference baseball game here Friday evening.

The Tigers finished their CLC championship season with a 16-2 record and upped their overall mark to 17-4 heading into the playoffs. Oostburg posted a 12-6 league record and placed second.

HGHS will host Kiel in a regional final Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Tigers, a No. 2 sectional seed, earned a first-round bye in regional play. Kiel advanced to the finals with a 6-4 comeback win over Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah in the first round Tuesday evening.

The regional champions advance to the sectional at HGHS Monday with the semifinals at 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The finals are set for 7:30 p.m.

The Tigers tied the game at 1-1 on Dakota Rabe’s RBI triple in the top of the third. HGHS grabbed a 4-3 lead in the fourth on Caleb Holzman’s RBI single and Zac Stauss’s two-run single.

HGHS added an insurance run in the fifth and sixth. Andrew Reinemann ripped an RBI double in the fifth and Zach Fritz cracked an RBI single in the sixth.

The Tigers banged out 10 hits, led by Fritz and Reinemann with two each. Eight Tigers collected hits.

Strege had a team-high two RBIs. Stauss led in runs with two. Fritz paced the Tigers in steals with a pair.

Brad Olson was the Tigers’ starting and winning pitcher. Olson allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings. Matt Bagnall pitched the final two frames and gave up zero runs on three hits with no walks and strikeouts.

“Dakota Rabe’s triple and Andrew Reinemann’s double were big hits for us in this game and Olson’s pitching was superb,” said Tiger head coach Mark Weber.

“We executed bunts well and made key plays.”

“I believe our team has yet to play its best game but we are peaking at a good time of the season,” said Weber.

Jonny Daane keyed the Flying Dutchmen’s attack with three hits. Chris Brill and Jonah Frier added two each. Frier slugged a solo home run in the second.

Brill was the losing hurler in relief. He surrendered five runs (four earned) on seven hits with one walk and no strikeouts in three innings. head coach Tom Heier.

Peterson batted .375 with 17 RBIs and seven doubles in league action.

“Sydney really came on the last few weeks of the season – getting a hot bat and moving up to the leadoff spot,” Heier pointed out.

Handel hit .325 in CLC play.

“Paige will take over most of the pitching duties next year. I look forward to continued success and a more powerful bat as she continues to develop her swing,” said Heier.

Splittgerber, who also pitched this year, hit .348 with a .412 on-base percentage.

Senior utility player Mandi Race was voted to the first team for the third straight season. The other first-team repeater is junior infielder Emma Schimberg of Random Lake.

The other unanimous first-team picks are senior catcher Alyssa Holtz, junior outfielder Hannah Frey and senior infielder Jordyn Thaves of Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler.


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