Go 2-1 over the weekend with wins against Sweet Springs and Versailles
Despite dropping their first game of the 2013 season Saturday against Sedalia Sacred Heart, the Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team still managed to finish the week with a record of 2-1 overall.
Beginning with a game Friday night on the road against the Sweet Springs Greyhounds, the Tigers had to rally from a 2-1 deficit after the first inning to win the game by a score of 4-2. Meanwhile, in a doubleheader Saturday at Sedalia, the Tigers fell to a very good Sacred Heart team 8-3 before bouncing back in the second game with a 7-2 triumph against the Versailles Tigers.
The three game slate improved Pilot Grove’s record to 6-1 overall.
Pilot Grove coach Clint Poulsen said the Tigers had a very busy weekend of baseball.
“On Friday we traveled to Sweet Springs and played a gritty ballclub,” Poulsen said. “Our bats just didn't get going like we are capable of. We did start to drive the ball back through the middle and the other way, just not with authority. Jake pitched a very good game after settling in after the first. Aaron came in and got the save. Against Sacred Heart on Saturday, we faced a very good hitting lineup. Hopefully we were able to learn a little more about how important pitching and good defense are to winning against good teams.
“We had their pitcher on the ropes, but stranded runners all over the place and couldn't put the ball in place when we needed to. Against Versailles our bats woke up, especially Sean going 4-4, but everyone seemed to be locked in against two Versailles pitchers that were pretty good. Regan did well holding down Versailles and we backed him with some solid defense as well. It was a great weekend to get some games in that we desperately needed.”
In the opening game against Sweet Springs, the Tigers finally got their bats going after the first inning while pushing across one run in the second, fourth and fifth innings of play. However, up until the second, Pilot Grove trailed the Greyhounds 2-1.
Jake Leverton picked up the win on the mound for the Tigers by striking out six batters in five innings. He also gave up two runs on four hits and three walks. Aaron Waibel then came in and pitched two innings in relief and struck out six batters.
As for the hitting by Pilot Grove, Kendall Kraus went 3-for-4 with three singles while Sean Lorenz added a triple and one RBI, Alex Twenter with a RBI-double and Trevor Day and Trenton Young each with one single.
In the first game on Saturday against Sacred Heart, the Tigers couldn’t seem to buy a run while trailing the Gremlins 2-0 after the first, 3-1 after the third, 6-1 after four and 8-1 after five. However, in the seventh, Pilot Grove showed some signs of life by rallying back with two runs.
Trenton Young took the loss on the hill for Pilot Grove by giving up six runs on eight hits and four walks in four inning. He also struck out four batters. Alex Twenter then came in and pitched two innings in relief and yielded two runs on one hit and one walk.
Young also had the only extra base hit in the ballgame for the Tigers, who were out-hit by Sacred Heart 9-6, with a RBI-double. Kraus and Alex Twenter each had RBI-singles in the game while Day, Jacob Twenter and Darrin Kammerich each had one single.
In the final game on Saturday, the Tigers had their best game offensively while scoring seven runs on 12 hits against Versailles.
Pilot Grove also led from start to finish against the Tigers while pushing across two runs in each of the first, third and fourth innings of play and one again in the sixth.
Regan Meisenheimer was the pitcher of record in the game for the Tigers. In five innings pitched, Meisenheimer struck out five batters and gave up only one hit and three walks. Sean Lorenz then came in and pitched two innings in relief and surrendered two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out three batters.
Lorenz also went 4-for-4 in the game with two singles and two doubles. Day was 2-for-4 with a single, double and two RBIs while Young added a double and two RBIs and Kraus, Meisenheimer, Kammerich, Jon Gerke and Jake Leverton contributed one single each.