The Russellville Indians baseball team broke a 1-1 tie after the fourth by outscoring Pilot Grove 7-2 in the next-three innings for a 8-3 victory Friday night at Russellville.
Russellville opened the game with one run in the second only to have Pilot Grove rally back with one two innings later to tie the game at 1-all. Meanwhile, after the Tigers failed to score in the top-half of the fifth, Russellville came back and plated five in the bottom-half of the inning to go up by a score of 6-1. The Indians never trailed after that while matching Pilot Grove with two in the sixth.
Pilot Grove coach Clint Poulsen said this was a good game for the most part.
“Russellville is a good program and we faced their best three pitchers,” Poulsen said. “We were about out of pitching so we threw Jon into his first varsity game and he battled well the entire game. He gave up a home run on a pitch that was out of the strike zone and that was the turning point in the game. We just lacked the key hit to put us back into the game stranding the bases loaded a couple of times. Our approach at the plate was much more disciplined and that was good to see. Some of the things we are looking at doing will come to fruition and when it does watch out. Our guys did a good job of picking things up since we were missing a couple of starters.”
Chase Smith picked up the win on the mound for Russellville while Jon Gerke took the loss for Pilot Grove, who dropped to 6-3 overall. Smith pitched the first-four innings and struck out four batters while giving up one run on three hits and two walks. Gerke, meanwhile, pitched the first-five innings and surrendered six runs on eight hits and five walks while striking out two. Jacob Twenter then came in and pitched one inning in relief and issued two runs on three walks while striking out one.
Russellville also out-hit Pilot Grove 8-5, with Chandler Wolfe going 3-for-4 with two singles and one double.
For Pilot Grove, Kendall Kraus went 2-for-4 with two singles while Trevor Day, Trenton Young and Jacob Twenter added one single each.