Tigers swing hot bats in conference rout


MATTHEW BAGNALL of Howards Grove dives back safely as Elkhart Lake first baseman Jordan Bahr takes the pickoff throw from pitcher Brennen Cain in Thursday’s baseball game. – Photo by Mike McGill MATTHEW BAGNALL of Howards Grove dives back safely as Elkhart Lake first baseman Jordan Bahr takes the pickoff throw from pitcher Brennen Cain in Thursday’s baseball game. – Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – The Howards Grove Tigers banged out 17 hits to fuel a 15-5 drubbing of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah in a Big East Conference small school division baseball game here Thursday night.

The Tigers upped their division record to 11-9 (11-9 overall). The Resorters dropped to 4-15 in the division (4-15 overall).

HG erupted for six runs in the top of the second inning to build an 8-0 lead. The key hit was a two-run single by Isaac Dirker.

Nic Koenig, Dirker and Ryan Splittgerber led the Tigers’ hit parade with three each. Jake Fritz, Matthew Bagnall, Mason Valenstein and Gavin Winter contributed two apiece.

Winter paced HG in RBIs with four, followed by Dirker with three and Koenig and Splittgerber with two each. Peyton Kelling scored a team-high three runs.


JAKE FRITZ of Howards Grove kicks up a lot of dirt while scoring on the end of a double-steal as Elkhart Lake catcher Finn Shields corrals a wide throw in Thursday’s baseball game. HG’s Nic Koenig and umpire Kraig Binversie look on. – Photo by Mike McGill JAKE FRITZ of Howards Grove kicks up a lot of dirt while scoring on the end of a double-steal as Elkhart Lake catcher Finn Shields corrals a wide throw in Thursday’s baseball game. HG’s Nic Koenig and umpire Kraig Binversie look on. – Photo by Mike McGill Parker Vollbrecht paced the Resorters in RBIs with two. Elkhart didn’t have any batters with more than one hit.

Koenig earned a complete game win. He allowed five earned runs on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. The sophomore had a perfect game until Tyler Schultz hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth.

“Nic pitched a gem and was throwing a perfect game until the fourth when he gave up his first hit. Just phenomenal for a young sophomore,” said Tiger head coach Mark Weber.

“We finally hit the ball as we know we are capable. We executed well in all facets of the game which is important this time of year as the [regional] tourney approaches.”

Brennen Cain was the losing hurler. Cain started and went three innings – allowing eight runs (six earned) on eight hits with three walks and one strikeout.

Brennen Cain was the losing hurler. Cain started and went three innings – allowing eight runs (six earned) on eight hits with three walks and one strikeout.

Brennen Cain was the losing hurler. Cain started and went three innings – allowing eight runs (six earned) on eight hits with three walks and one strikeout.


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