Pilot Grove baseball team falls to Eagles, 10-5
The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers softball team threw a wrench in the fire concerning Saturday’s CCAA Tournament in Higbee.
As the No. 3 seed behind both Bunceton and Jamestown, the Lady Tigers pulled off the upset by turning back the Lady Eagles by a score of 11-1 in five innings.
Pilot Grove, 5-4 overall and 2-1 in the CCAA conference, opened the game with three runs in the bottom-half of the first and then sent two runs across in the second, one in each of the third and fourth innings of play and four in the fifth to win by the mercy rule.
Pilot Grove coach Clint Poulsen said he couldn’t ask for a better effort than the girls gave.
“Melissa was once again dominant in the circle with 13 strikeouts,” Poulsen said. “She still isn’t where she can be as she’s working on getting all three pitches working on the same night. When she does that the sky is the limit. Defensively, we made all the plays on the evening and handled Jamestown’s short game well. Offensively, it was good to see us break out and hit the ball well against a solid pitcher. We were able to drive the ball and play our short game as well. This was a big win to keep us in the hunt for the conference and keep us in the running for a top four seed in the districts as well.”
Melissa Schlotzhauer picked up the win in the circle for Pilot Grove while Stephanie Birkmann took the loss for Jamestown. Schlotzhauer pitched all five innings and struck out 13 batters while giving up one run on one hit and three walks. Birkmann, meanwhile, pitched the first-four innings and allowed seven runs on nine hits while striking out two.
Pilot Grove also out-hit Jamestown 11-1, with Melissa Schlotzhauer going 3-for-3 with three singles and one RBI>
Kenzi Schuster was 2-for-3 with a single, double and one RBI while Kayla Poulsen added two singles, Katelyn Renfro with one triple and one RBI, McKalie Lorenz and Celine Dodson each with a two-RBI double and Rachel Lorenz with one single and one RBI.
Mickayla Strother had the only hit in the game for Jamestown, being a single.
Jamestown (BB) 10
Pilot Grove 5
The Jamestown Eagles baseball team rallied from a 4-1 deficit after three innings by exploding for six runs in the fourth and three again in the fifth for a 10-5 victory last night in Pilot Grove.
While the loss dropped Pilot Grove to 2-1 overall and in the conference, head coach Clint Poulsen said it was not pretty most of the night.
“For our seniors, it was their first conference loss in their high school careers,” Poulsen said. “We just didn’t show up at all. Our defense was very bad and the effort, outside of a couple people, was not there at all. Offensively, we try to hit home runs instead of taking good swings and that isn’t going to cut it. We have to go back to the drawing board and find some fire, otherwise it will be a long rest of the fall.”
Andy Thompson picked up the win on the mound for Jamestown while Jon Gerke took the loss for Pilot Grove. In five innings, Thompson struck out five batters and gave up five runs on five hits and six walks. Gerke, meanwhile, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs on four hits and seven walks while striking out six. Brady Rentel then came in and pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief and surrendered three runs on three hits and one walk.
Jamestown also out-hit Pilot Grove 7-5, with Andrew Couch going 3-for-3 with three singles. Colton DeVore had two singles.
For Pilot Grove, Grant Felten went 2-for-3 with two doubles and one RBI while Trenton Young and Colton Glenn added one single and one RBI and Jacob Meisenheimer with one single.