Howards Grove scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning Friday to help secure a 7-5 win over Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler.
Lutheran/Kohler held a 4-3 lead going into the Central Lakeshore Conference game’s final frame. But the Tigers’ Austin Edge hit a two-run double in the top of the seventh to help key the turnaround inning and push Howards ahead.
Zach Fritz picked up the win after he pitched six innings and gave up four runs on 10 hits. He had one strikeout. Edge earned credit for the save after coming onto the mound in the bottom of the seventh, when Lutheran/Kohler had the tying run at the plate.
Noah Fink took the loss after going six innings with five hits and six strikeouts.
Fritz finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, Edge had a double and an RBI on two hits, and Bryce Hoffmann finished 2-for-4 with an RBI to help lead Howards’ offense.
Nate Tures was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, Calvin Sefanczyk doubled and had an RBI, and Fink had two hits, including a double, and finished with an RBI to help lead Lutheran/Kohler’s offense.
Random Lake 7
The Rams scored three runs before the Flying Dutchmen put two runners across base in the bottom of the third inning. Still trailing 3-2 an inning later, Oostburg leapt ahead with four runs in the fourth inning, and three more in the fifth.
“We were hitting the ball so we weren’t exactly worried at that point, it was still early,” Oostburg coach Chris Holzer said of the early stretches of the game.
Dutch pitcher Lukas Meerdink threw six strikeouts and surrendered just four runs in six innings of work. On offense, he batted 3-for-3 with two triples.
“He was doing all right,” Holzer said of his winning pitcher.
Tyler Hartmann finished 2-for-3 with a double, and Alex Huibregtse was 1-for-2 to help Oostburg.
Cedar Grove-Bel. 9, Elkhart Lake 4
Drew Emperley gave up just two hits in 4.1 innings on the Rocket’s mound to get credit for Friday’s win. David Niebauer gave up two hits in relief.
Christian O’Donnell scored three runs to help lead Cedar Grove’s offense, while Brett Michels registered a lineup-leading two hits.
Kewaskum 5, 5
Kiel 3, 0
Kiel’s Jordan Meyer notched a hit in each game of Friday’s Eastern Wisconsin Conference doubleheader, but he was the only Raider with multiple hits all day.
Nathan Voitek, Cole Voelker and Carter Voelker each had a hit in Game 1, and Terren Driscoll had one in Game 2. The Raiders combined for six hits in both games.
Kiel (4-8, 2-4 EWC) scored all its runs Friday in the fourth inning of Game 1, giving the Raiders a 3-2 lead. Kewaskum (4-7, 4-3 EWC) regained the momentum later in the same inning, scoring two runs to retake a lead it wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the day.
Kewaskum took a while to pick up steam in Game 2. Both teams stayed scoreless through four innings before the Indians finally scored five in the fifth and sixth.
Eric Weber took the Game 1 loss after going five innings on Kiel’s mound and surrendering five runs on 10 hits.
Nick Walsh took the loss in the next game after allowing four hits and three runs through five innings. Walsh registered eight strikeouts.
Howards Grove 7,
Elkhart Lake 6
The Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and scattered four more runs between the third and seventh to take Thursday night’s CLC win.
Derek Gabsch led Howards with two hits, while teammate Travis Stanczyk scored a team-high two runs.
Elkhart Lake’s Elliot VanOss, Tyler Jones, Danny Schnedier and Cody Wilterdink each had two hits.