Tigers split a pair of doubleheaders

By Benjamin Chase of the Plainsman
Posted 4/15/24

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Tigers split a pair of doubleheaders


The Huron Tigers baseball team played two doubleheaders on the road on Thursday and Friday and came away with a split in each twinbill.

Thursday, the Tigers split with the Kernels.

Huron won the opener 10-2 behind a strong pitching performance from senior Layne Wenzel.

Wenzel went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two unearned runs on two hits and a walk, striking out 10 Mitchell Hitters. Carsen Evans struck out the final hitter of the game.

The Tiger offense put up four runs in the first inning and added a five-spot in the fifth inning to pull away for the victory.

Bubba Peterson led Huron’s offense with three hits, including a double and a stolen base. Trace Wenz added two singles and a walk.

Evans powered a home run and also walked and stole a base for the Tigers. Jackson Mattke had a single and a walk and also stole two bases. Jack Pederson walked twice.

Logan Leyendecker swiped three bags and Peyton Bischoff had a steal.

The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the second game, but two big innings allowed the Kernels to come away with an 8-2 victory in the nightcap.

Leyendecker opened the game on the mound, allowing six runs over 4 1/3 innings on three hits and five walks, striking out three.

Brady Feenstra closed out the game, allowing two runs over 1 2/3 innings on three hits, striking out two.

Wenz had a big game at the plate, collecting three hits, including a double, and stealing a base. However, Wenz’s three hits were the only hits the Tigers would get off Mason Herman, who struck out nine Huron hitters.

Peyton Bischoff walked twice and stole two bases. Leyendecker added a steal.

The Tigers came within two outs of a sweep Friday against Tea Area before coming away with the split.

In the opener, Huron jumped out with five runs in the first inning en route to a 8-6 victory.

Pederson went four innings, allowing four unearned runs on four hits and four walks, striking out four. Peyton Bischoff finished out the game on the mound, tossing three innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk, striking out one.

Kolby Hofer rapped out three hits, including a double and a stolen base to lead the Huron offense. Wenz, Peterson, and Kolton Ogle each had a pair of hits, with Ogle and Wenz each having a double and Peterson adding a steal.

Tommie Martin had a pair of walks and Pederson knocked out a double for the Tigers.

A four-run third inning put the Tigers in control in the second game, but two Titan runs in the bottom of the fifth brought the home team within one heading into the bottom of the seventh and final inning of regulation, with the Tigers up 5-4.

The first hitter walked for the Titans in the seventh and then the runner stole third and tagged up on the first out fly out to center field. A bunt then allowed the runner to score to tie the game.

The Tigers went down in order in the eighth, but an error put the leadoff runner on for Tea Area in the bottom of the inning. Two fielders’ choices left runners on first and second with one out. A walk loaded the bases before a single brought home the game-winning run to get the Titans the split.

Evans start the game on the mound for Huron, allowing four runs over 4 1/3 innings on eight hits and three walks. He struck out three. Martin pitched two hitless innings in relief, allowing a run on one walk, striking out five. Peterson closed out the game with one inning, allowing one unearned run on a hit and two walks while striking out one.

The Tiger offense was led by Peterson with a pair of hits, including a double. Leyendecker was on base three times with a single and two walks, stealing four bases.

Martin and CJ Gainey each walked twice, with Gainey adding a steal. Evans and Hofer each had a stolen base.

The Tigers (2-7) host Lincoln on Friday for a doubleheader at Klock Field.