STRATFORD – Riley Bauman hit a home run as the Stratford baseball team rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 5-4 win over Athens on Friday in a nonconference game at the Tiger Stadium baseball field.
Stratford, who lost 3-2 to Edgar on Thursday to end a seven-game winning streak to start the season, is now 8-1. Athens falls to
Dillon Kirsch earned the win with five strong innings and Cam Daul picked up the save with a pair of scoreless innings for the Tigers.
Daul and Hunter Ford each had two hits for Stratford.
Athens pounded out 13 hits, all singles, with Cooper Dietrich and Dayne Diethelm each collecting three.
Athens hosts Cadott for a nonconference game Monday and Stratford returns to action Tuesday at home against Wausau Newman Catholic in a Marawood Conference South Division game.
Tigers 5, Bluejays 4
Athens - 4 13 4
Stratford - 5 7 2
WP: Dillon Kirsch. LP: Cooper Dietrich. SV: Cam Daul.
SO: Dietrich (5 inn.) 2, Brooks Kraus (1 inn.) 1; D. Kirsch (5 inn.) 7, Daul (2 inn.) 3. BB: Dietrich 2, Kraus 0; D. Kirsch 0, Daul 0.
Top hitters: A, Dietrich 3x4, 2 runs; Jake Denzine 2x3; Dayne Diethelm 3x4, RBI; Cobie Ellenbecker 2x4, RBI. S, Daul 2x4; Riley Bauman HR, 2 runs, RBI; Hunter Ford 2x3, RBI.
Records: Athens 5-4; Stratford 8-1.