Baseball

A trip to Wilmington saw the Tigers square off with the host Wildcats in a conference battle. The game was a low scoring battle that saw the Tigers drop a 2-1 heartbreaker in the late innings. Both offenses were mostly held in check by strong pitching performances with the Tigers only able to muster three total hits. The Wildcats scored first in the third inning but that was all Tiger starter Clay Schultz would surrender the first 5 innings. Unfortunately, that was enough as the Tigers struggled at the dish all afternoon, until Tiger slugger Cody Lunsford came to bat in the sixth. Lunsford deposited a ball over the center field fence to tie the game at 1. However, the celebration was short-lived as the Tigers surrendered a run in the bottom half of the sixth and took home the loss. Schultz pitched six strong innings only giving up 5 hits and no walks on the afternoon as well as two runs.

The following day the Tigers played a game that Coach Regez would much rather forget ever happened. After a close contest between the Tigers and Wildcats, the rematch was anything but close. A 11-0 Tiger loss was what transpired with the Tigers mustering only one hit and also committing 7 errors in the field. Tyler Murray took the loss on the mound surrendering 7 hits, 4 runs (1 earned) in 4 innings of work.

A quick turnaround saw the Tigers travel to square off with the Reed Custer Comets in an ICE battle. Once again, the Tigers were on the losing end, this time falling 7-1 to the host Comets. The Tigers spotted the Comets an early 5 run lead and were never able to close that gap. The Tigers managed nine hits on the afternoon just struggled to hit with runners on base. Tyler Murray and Cody Lunsford both led the way with two hits apiece.

Built up aggression was released when the Tigers took on the Paxton Buckley-Loda Panthers and demolished them 9-2, outhitting them 13-2. The Tigers pounced on their prey early, scoring 4 quick runs to open the game and never looked back on their path to victory. Joe Holohan earned the victory on the mound going 4 innings while only giving up one earned run. Hayden Johnson recorded three hits on the day while Tyler Murray, Joe Holohan, and Luke Richmond all recorded two hits.

Sadly, the Tigers played one more game on the day, falling to the Manteno Panthers 18-2. The Tigers only recorded one hit (Cody Lunsford) and committed 6 errors on the afternoon. Herscher now has an 8-11 record on the season.

Softball

A Tigers matchup vs the Wildcats on the softball diamond saw the tigers improve to 10-3 on the season with a 16-1 mashing of the Wildcats. An impressive offensive onslaught saw the Tigers collect 22 hits including home runs by RyLynn Adams and Kayna Nelson. Anistin Hackley earned the victory in the circle by going 2 and 2/3rds inning while surrendering one run and striking out three.

A quite rare occurrence happened the following day when Herscher and Newark squared off and ended up tying the game due to darkness. The 6-6 game was called after 8 innings, Alison Hassett tied the game with a grand slam when the Tigers’ chances were looking dark. Zoey Fleischauer tossed a complete game while striking out seven.

Soccer

Last season the Lisle Lions and the Herscher Tigers were the two best teams in the ICE conference, and it appears that things are shaping up to be the exact same this year as well. The Tigers flipped the script from last season though when they won a tough, gritty 2-1 match. Kaitlyn Borschnack scored both goals and were assisted by Elise Kukuck and Hailey King. Rourke Zigrossi tallied six saves in the net.

Another game, another win for the Lady Tigers soccer team, this thime the victims being the Streator Bulldogs. Kaitlyn Borschnack scored all three goals in continuing her torrid start to the season. Rourke Zigrossi and the Tiger defense tallied another shutout victory.

The following day was another victory for the Tigers as they shut down the Manteno Panthers in earning their second consecutive shutout victory. Elise Kukuck tallied a hat trick on the evening. The shutout was the Tigers sixth shutout on the season with Tiger Keeper Rourke Zigrossi totaling two saves.

Herscher squared off against Champaign Centenial and came out the other side victors, 6-1. Kaitlyn Borschnack is proving to be absolutely unstoppable, totaling 4 more goals while Elise Kukuck chipped in two goals. The Tigers are now an impressive 13-3 on the season.

Track and Field   

Drew Rogers defended his Tournament of Champions two-mile title by finishing with a 9:07 two-mile time. Rogers won by running a highly impressive 63.3 seconds in the final 400 meters.