Tigers sharp in BEC win over Crusaders

SHEBOYGAN – The Howards Grove Tigers played one of their best overall softball games of the season as they defeated Sheboygan Lutheran, 5-2, Monday afternoon at the Field of Dreams.

The Tigers got a strong pitching performance from junior Paige Splittgerber, hit the ball well and played errorless defense. HGHS, which broke a three-game losing streak, upped its Big East Conference record to 6-10 (7-14 overall). The Crusaders fell to 2-11 in the BEC (2-11 overall).

“We played a very solid defensive game – playing error-free for the first time in a long time. We were solid on offense and patient on the pitches we swung at,” said Tiger head coach Tom Heier.

“We have played very good softball the past few weeks and have just not seen the final results with wins. It was nice to get one in the win column.”

Splittgerber earned a completegame win with a four-hitter. She walked four and struck out three.

The Tigers tallied two big insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to increase their lead to 5-2. Sarah Gardner doubled and later scored on a wild pitch for the first run in the frame. Zaylie Kleinman’s RBI on a groundout made it 5-2.

The Tigers banged out 10 hits, led by Sierra Wildman with three. Gardner and Courtney Binversie added two each. Binversie, who cracked two doubles, had a team-high two RBIs.

Makell Babk paced the Crusaders in hits with two.

Abby Smith took the loss and went the distance. Smith allowed five earned runs and three walks to go with three strikeouts.

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