CCAA Tournament action will continue on Saturday
The Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team lived up to its No. 1 seeding Tuesday night in the semifinal round of the CCAA Tournament at Prairie Home by beating fourth-seeded Jamestown 16-4.
The Tigers, 7-3 on the season, opened the game with six runs in the first and then sent four runs across in the second, two again in the third and four in the fourth for the victory.
The second game between Bunceton and Prairie Home was cancelled Tuesday night due to wet fields. Prairie Home Athletic Director Jesse Oswald said that with the condition of the field and the amount of rain coming in the next 24 hours, Saturday is going to be the date to make up the tournament.
Bunceton and Prairie Home will play the first game at 10 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the third place game at 12 noon and the championship game at 2:30 p.m.
While the win improved Pilot Grove's record to 7-3 overall, head coach Clint Poulsen said this was the first time playing Jamestown this year and with a lot of new players he was nervous about what they would have, but the guys quickly put that to rest by pounding out 17 hits on the game.
"After a week of poor offensive production, we hit the ball hard up and down the lineup and even had a few hits off of the bench," Poulsen said. "Our defense was solid until a couple of miscues late in the game and Trenton threw well for the first three innings. Grant Felten and Grant Vollrath both threw a solid inning, it's just that the defense let Grant Felten down in the fourth. Good start to the tournament and now we wait for the winner of Prairie Home and Bunceton."
Trenton Young picked up the win on the mound for Pilot Grove while Colton Devore took the loss for Jamestown. In three innings, Young struck out five batters and gave up three hits and two walks. Grant Felten then came in and pitched one inning in relief and surrendered three runs on three hits while striking out two batters. Then, to finish the game, Grant Vollrath pitched one inning and allowed one run on one hit and one walk.
Pilot Grove also out-hit Jamestown 17-7, with Regan Meisenheimer and Derek Zeller each going 2-for-3 with two singles and two RBIs. Kendall Kraus was also 2-for-3 in the game with two singles and one RBI while Aaron Waibel added a triple and one RBI, Jon Gerke and Grant Felten each with a double and two RBIs, Trevor Day with one double, Trenton Young with a two-RBI single, Jacob Twenter and Darrin Kammerich each with a RBI-single and Sean Lorenz, Nate Beach, Ben Glenn and Keaton Vollrath with one single each.
Atom Gerlach went 2-for-3 in the game for Jamestown with two singles and two RBIs.