Pilot Grove, Bunceton and Higbee had the right idea Monday night while squaring off in a tripleheader at Higbee.
In order to get games in before the district tournament, the three teams agreed to play at Higbee and use them as conference games.
As it turned out, Pilot Grove benefitted the most from the night by finishing 2-0 with a 9-2 win over Higbee and a 2-1 triumph over Bunceton.
The Dragons, meanwhile, finished 1-1 by turning back Higbee 12-2.
In the opening game against Higbee, Pilot Grove battled the Tigers to a 2-2 tie for the first-two innings before rallying with seven unanswered runs over the next-five innings for the victory.
Regan Meisenheimer picked up the win on the mound for Pilot Grove while Devin Cook took the loss for Higbee. Meisenheimer pitched five innings in relief of starter Alex Twenter and gave up just two hits.
Pilot Grove also out-hit Higbee 11-3, with Aaron Waibel going 2-for-4 with a single, double and two RBIs. Darrin Kammerich and Regan Meisenheimer each had two singles while Grant Felten added a double and two RBIs, Jon Gerke with one double and Trevor Day and Trenton Young each with one single.
Higbee was led by Jeremy Kirkendoll with three singles.
As for the game against Bunceton, Pilot Grove jumped out on top with one run in the bottom-half of the first only to have the Dragons rally back with one in its half of the second to tie the game at 1-all. Meanwhile, after a scoreless third inning, the Tigers scored what turned out to be the winning run in the bottom-half of the fourth to win the game by one.
Trenton Young picked up the complete-game victory for Pilot Grove while Kyler Tucker took the loss for Bunceton. In seven innings, Young struck out a season-high 15 batters while giving up just one run on two hits and one walk. Tucker, meanwhile, pitched all six innings for the Dragons and struck out nine batters while surrendering two runs on one hit and four walks.
Kendall Kraus also had the only hit in the game for Pilot Grove, being a single. He also drove in one run.
Jacob Clevenger went 1-for-3 in the game for Bunceton with a double while Tucker had a single.
In the final game, Bunceton broke a 2-2 tie after one inning by reeling off 10 unanswered runs over the next-six innings for a 12-2 victory.
Kyle Held struck out 10 batters and scattered two runs on one hit and four walks over five innings to pick up the win for Bunceton. Andrew Pritchett pitched two innings in relief and struck out three batters and gave up one hit and two walks.
Kyle Held and Ashton Campbell also had three hits each in the game for Bunceton, all of which went for singles. Will Twenter and Jacob Clevenger each had a single, double and three RBIs while Tucker added a single, double and two RBIs, Damion Amidon with a single and a double, Pritchett with two singles and two RBIs and Darrell Davis with two singles.