Tigers beat BEC leader with five-run surge


BRAD OLSON of Howards Grove races home to score on Isaac Dirker’s single in the second inning of Wednesday’s baseball game versus New Holstein. NH pitcher Charlie Schnell tries to back up the throw from the outfield. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley BRAD OLSON of Howards Grove races home to score on Isaac Dirker’s single in the second inning of Wednesday’s baseball game versus New Holstein. NH pitcher Charlie Schnell tries to back up the throw from the outfield. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley HOWARDS GROVE – The Howards Grove Tigers knocked off Big East Conference baseball leader New Holstein, 6-3, here Wednesday night.

The Huskies slipped to 13-3 in the BEC (14-7 overall). The Tigers improved to 7-10 in league play (7-11 overall).

HG scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 6-2 lead. Matthew Bagnall led off with a single and Eric Reinemann followed with a bunt single. The runners moved to second and third bases when the NH third baseman made an errant throw to first on the bunt.

Zac Stauss followed with a walk which loaded the bases. Brad Olson batted next and hit a hard grounder down the leftfield line which drove in Bagnall and tied the game, 2-2. Gavin Winter then delivered a two-run single which knocked in Reinemann and Stauss for a 4-2 lead.


ISAAC DIRKER of Howards Grove belts an RBI single in the second inning of Wednesday’s baseball game versus New Holstein. The NH catcher is Nolan Beirne. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ISAAC DIRKER of Howards Grove belts an RBI single in the second inning of Wednesday’s baseball game versus New Holstein. The NH catcher is Nolan Beirne. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley After a double-steal by Olson and Winter (to third and second, respectively), a balk brought home Olson to make it 5-2. Winter scored the final run on a two-base throwing error by the third baseman on Mason Valen- stein’s grounder.

Sophomore Isaac Dirker earned a complete-game win. Dirker pitched well – allowing two earned runs on eight hits with one walk, a hit batter and six strikeouts.

“Our best game to date by far. Isaac Dirker threw a gem and we collected six solid hits, including a great bunt by Reinemann in our big five-run fourth inning,” said Tiger head coach Mark Weber.

“Noah Bramstedt [junior left fielder] made several great plays, including the game-ending long run to catch a foul ball.”

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second on Dirker’s single which drove in Olson. Olson had walked and advanced to second on Winter’s sacrifice bunt, followed by Dirker’s hit.

The Huskies grabbed a 2-1 lead with two runs in the third on RBI singles by Justin Weber Josh Burg.

NH tallied its other run in the seventh on Burg’s single.

Winter led HG in hits with two. The Tigers had no batters with multiple hits. Olson led in runs with two.

Burg and Nolan Beirne paced the Huskies in hits with two apiece. Burg led in RBIs with two.

NH starting hurler Charlie Schnell got the loss. Schnell allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits with three walks and one strikeout in four innings.


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