The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers softball team had high hopes that Wednesday night’s game against the Sturgeon Bulldogs would turn out pretty much like the home opener against Otterville back on August 29th.
While the Lady Tigers won that game 17-2, they were less fortunate last night while losing to Sturgeon by a score of 13-3 in five innings.
Of course it didn’t help that Sturgeon struck for five runs in the first and four again in the second. But then to make matters worse, the Lady Bulldogs also added four runs in the fifth to go up 13-0. However, in the bottom-half of the fifth, Pilot Grove finally got on the scoreboard with three runs to avoid the shutout.
While the loss dropped Pilot Grove to 3-3 overall, head coach Clint Poulsen said there seems to be a theme developing that hopefully the team can break out of and that is they can’t seem to hit the ball consistently.
“Kayla (Poulsen) did a good job of staying around the strike zone and mixing speeds, but again our defense just didn’t play up to it’s ability with too many balls dropping in and too many errors overall,” Poulsen said. “With the last two nights out of the way we have to come back and play well if we want any shot of beating Bunceton on their field on Thursday.”
Kayla Poulsen took the loss in the circle for the Lady Tigers. In five innings, Poulsen gave up 13 runs on 12 hits and five walks while striking out three.
Shelbie Miller picked up the win for the Lady Bulldogs by giving up just three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out three.
Sturgeon also out-hit Pilot Grove 12-3, with Mariah Williams going 3-for-4 with two singles and one double. Kylee Foster and Shelbie Miller also had three hits, all of which went for singles, while Brigett Arends added a single, home run and three RBIs, Caty Barrett with one double and Ashton Kelly with a RBI-single.
For Pilot Grove, Melissa Schlotzhauer went 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI while Celine Dodson added one single.
In the JV game, Sturgeon defeated Pilot Grove by a score of 7-3.
Karsyn Kraus took the loss in the circle for the Lady Tigers.
MaKenzie Twenter, Kirstie Schupp, Rachel Lorenz, Marissa Day and Celine Dodson each had hits in the game for Pilot Grove.