The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers softball team had a tough go over the weekend while dropping two games against the Cairo Bearcats and Jamestown Lady Eagles by the scores of 20-4 and 21-17, respectively.
In the game Friday night on the road against Cairo, the Lady Tigers actually led 2-1 after the first and 4-2 after 2 1/2 before giving up eight runs in the bottom-half of the third and 10 again in the fourth to suffer the loss.
Pilot Grove coach Renee Baker said McKalie Lorenz had a big night at the plate with two monster home runs. “We struggled a little finding the zone but overall played a solid game,” Baker said.
Cynthia Brumback took the loss on the mound for Pilot Grove by giving up 16 runs on 10 hits and eight walks in 3 2/3 innings. She also struck out four batters. Kayla Poulsen then came in and pitched 1/3 inning in relief and allowed four runs on two hits and one walk.
McKalie Lorenz went 2-for-2 in the game for Pilot Grove with two home runs and four RBIs. Kori Marshall added one double while Melissa Schlotzhauer, Kayla Poulsen and Katelyn Renfro added one single.
In the game against Jamestown, Pilot Grove led the Lady Eagles 6-5 after two and 13-7 after four innings of play but was outscored 14-4 over the next-three innings to suffer the loss.
Baker said this was another hard-fought game for the girls. “We came out swinging the bat well with two home runs, one by McKalie Lorenz and the other by Kori Marshall,” Baker said. “Defensively, we need to tighten up and come out strong Wednesday against this solid Jamestown team.”
Stephanie Birkmann picked up the win on the mound for Jamestown while Kayla Poulsen took the loss for Pilot Grove, who dropped to 7-13 overall and 2-3 in the CCAA.
Birkmann pitched all seven innings and gave up 17 runs on 18 hits and one walk while striking out three. Poulsen, meanwhile, pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed 15 runs on seven hits and nine walks while striking out four. Cynthia Brumback then came in and pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief and issued six runs on five hits and five walks.
Robyn Eschenbrenner went 2-for-4 in the game for Jamestown with a single and a double while Mikayla Strother, Mackenzie Strother and Monica Dietzel added two singles each.
For Pilot Grove, Kori Marshall went 4-for-5 with three singles, a home run and four RBIs.
McKalie Lorenz was 3-for-4 with two singles, a home run and two RBIs while Mikala Wesselman added two singles, one triple and three RBIs, Melissa Schlotzhauer with two singles and one double, Rachel Lorenz with a single, triple and two RBIs, Katelyn Renfro with two singles and two RBIs and McKenzie Schuster with two singles.