If the Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team could play all of its games after 12 noon, they would be undefeated for the season.
With a loss last weekend in the morning against Sedalia Sacred Heart 7-2, the Tigers had yet another game Saturday morning in Windsor against Wellington-Napoleon with the same results by a score of 8-4. Meanwhile, in the second game later that day, Pilot Grove defeated Windsor 12-0 in five innings.
While the split put the Tigers at 7-2 overall, head coach Clint Poulsen said it was an interesting day to say the least.
“I think we have figured out that we don’t play very well in the morning because both of our losses have come at 10 in the morning,” Poulsen said. “Honestly though, we just didn’t show up for the first game. Alex came out and threw well for the first-four innings, but started to run out of some gas as we were trying to push his pitch count up some with districts right around the corner. Our defense once again let us down in a couple of key situations that also didn’t help. Our bats never did get going other than a couple of players and yet we still had the bases loaded and hit a rocket at the fight fielder to end the game so we were right there. Getting consistent over the last couple of weeks will be a key for us and hopefully the weather will cooperate in that.”
In the opening game against Wellington-Napoleon, the Tigers got off to a good start by pushing across one run in the first and two again in the third to go up 3-0. However it was pretty much Wellington-Napoleon the rest of the way with two in the bottom-half of the third, four again in the fifth and two in the sixth to make it 8-3. Meanwhile, in the seventh, Pilot Grove sent another run across to closeout the scoring.
Jacob Beckemeyer picked up the win on the mound for Wellington-Napoleon while Alex Twenter took the loss for Pilot Grove. In five innings, Twenter struck out seven batters and gave up six runs on five hits and five walks. Trenton Young then came in and pitched two innings in relief and yielded two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out two.
Wellington-Napoleon also out-hit Pilot Grove 8-5, with Brandon Niendick collecting a single, home run and two RBIs. Jake Ruskey had a single and a double while Beckemeyer added two singles.
For Pilot Grove, Kendall Kraus went 2-for-4 with two singles and two RBIs while Trevor Day added two singles and one RBI and Aaron Waibel with one single.
The second game was completely opposite of the first as Pilot Grove rattled off runs in four of the five innings to win by the mercy rule.
After pushing across one run in each of the first and third innings of play, the Tigers came back and broke the game wide open with five runs in the fourth and fifth innings of play for the shutout.
Regan Meisenheimer picked up the win for Pilot Grove while Trevor Warlin took the loss for Windsor. In four innings, Meisenheimer struck out six batters and gave up just two hits and three walks. Jake Leverton then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed one hit while striking out one.
Pilot Grove also out-hit Windsor 13-3, with Kendall Kraus going 2-for-4 with a single, home run and three RBIs.
Trevor Day was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs while Trenton Young added two singles and two RBIs, Jon Gerke and Sean Lorenz each with two singles, Jacob Twenter with a home run and two RBIs, Jared Twenter with a double and one RBI and Regan Meisenheimer with one single.
Windsor was led by Nick Strandon with a single and a double.