Wildcats stave off Riverdogs’ late rally


COLE REINEMANN of the Howards Grove Riverdogs lays down a sacrifice bunt in the second inning of Sunday’s baseball game versus Cleveland. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley COLE REINEMANN of the Howards Grove Riverdogs lays down a sacrifice bunt in the second inning of Sunday’s baseball game versus Cleveland. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley HOWARDS GROVE – The Cleveland Wildcats held off a ninth-inning rally by the Howards Grove Riverdogs to win, 7-6, in an East Shore Baseball League game Sunday afternoon at Memorial Park.

The Riverdogs trailed 7-2 going into the bottom of the ninth. HG cut the deficit to 7-6 after Ashton Holzman’s three run double, followed by Cole Reinemann’s RBI single. The game ended after Wildcat catcher Tim Salm threw out a runner trying to steal second base.

Cleveland improved its second half league record to 2-0 (8-2 overall in the league). HG slipped to 1-1 in the second half (7-3 overall in the league and the season).

The Riverdogs defeated Cleveland in the league’s championship series last year.

The Wildcats led 5-0 after five innings, keyed by Nick Reschke’s two-out, two-run single in the third.

HG shaved the Wildcats’ lead to 5-2 in the sixth. Holzman knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice and Dylan Callahan delivered an RBI single.

David Esswein’s RBI triple and Salm’s solo home run extended the Wildcats’ advantage to 7-2 after eight.

“I was pleased with the way we battled back from a 5-0 game. We had a chance to tie or win in the ninth and that is all I can ask of my players,” said Riverdog player-manager Mark Holzman.

“We look forward to getting better each game and today we played very well the last three innings.”

Cleveland outhit HG 15-10, led by Esswein and Salm with three hit each. Jake Woolsey and Reschke added two hits apiece.

Callahan paced the Riverdogs in hits with three, followed by Austin Edge and Andrew Reinemann with two each. Callahan and Reinemann hit one double each. Ashton Holzman had a team-high four RBIs.


DYLAN CALLAHAN of the Howards Grove Riverdogs slashes a single in the second inning of Sunday’s baseball game versus Cleveland. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley DYLAN CALLAHAN of the Howards Grove Riverdogs slashes a single in the second inning of Sunday’s baseball game versus Cleveland. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley Zach Fritz and Ashton Holzman led HG in runs scored with two each.

Mitch Gardner was the winning pitcher. Gardner started and threw seven innings – allowing two runs on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

Reschke pitched the final two frames and gave up four runs on five hits with two walks and zero strikeouts.

Edge was the Riverdogs’ starting hurler and took the loss. He surrendered five runs (four earned) on 10 hits with one walk and seven whiffs.

Cole Reinemann threw the last four innings for HG and allowed two runs on five hits with no walks and two strikeouts.


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