Pilot Grove’s Darrin Kammerich went 3-for-3 with a single, two doubles and three RBIs, and Regan Meisenheimer and Alex Twenter held Otterville to just three hits through five innings of play for a 11-2 victory Friday night in CCAA action at Pilot Grove.
While the Tigers improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the CCAA conference, head coach Clint Poulsen said his team is finally starting to hit the ball the way that they are capable of against Otterville.
“We still have some things to work on offensively, but this was a step in the right direction,” stated Poulsen. “Regan did a good job of keeping them off balance and our defense backed him up for the most part. Nowe we have to wait and see if Mother Nature will cooperate with us so we can get some games this week. We should get a good test toward the end of this week and beginning of next week with some quality competition.”
The Tigers barely had a test Friday night while leading Otterville 2-0 after the first and 5-0 after the second. Meanwhile, after the Eagles sent two runs across in its half of the fourth to cut the lead to three at 5-2, Pilot Grove came back and broke the game wide open with a seven-run fifth for the victory.
While picking up the win on the mound for Pilot Grove, Meisenheimer struck out eight batters in four innings while giving up two runs on three hits. Alex Twenter then came in and pitched one inning in relief and struck out two batters while walking one.
Ryan Benny took the loss for Otterville by giving up 12 runs on 12 hits and three walks while striking out four.
Trevor Day had two hits in the game for Pilot Grove with a single and a double while Kendall Kraus added two singles, Jake Leverton with a single and three RBIs, Sean Lorenz with a RBI-single and Trenton Young, Jon Gerke and Keaton Vollrath each with one single.
For Otterville, Benny, Lisa Robertson and Austin Frederick had one hit each.