The Pilot Grove Tigers baseball and softball teams picked up a sweep last night at home by beating the Prairie Home Panthers by the scores of 13-3 and 6-5.
In the softball game, the Lady Panthers led Pilot Grove 5-2 after one but was outscored 4-0 for the rest of the game.
Cynthia Brumback picked up the win in the circle for Pilot Grove while Makayla Zey took the loss for Prairie Home. In seven innings, Brumback struck out six batters and gave up five runs on 10 hits and seven walks. Zey, meanwhile, pitched all seven innings for the Lady Panthers and struck out six batters while giving up six runs on 10 hits and two walks.
Kayla Poulsen led the hitting attack in the game for Pilot Grove with three singles and two RBIs.
McKalie Lorenz had a single, home run and two RBIs while Kerigan Wessing added a single and one RBI and Melissa Schlotzhauer, Katelyn Renfro, Rachel Lorenz and Celine Dodson each with one single.
For Prairie Home, Shianne Rhorer went 3-for-4 with three singles and one RBI. Makayla Zey, Josie Flood and Kohlie Stock each had two singles while Rachel Distler added a single and one RBI.
Pilot Grove coach Clint Poulsen said it was a well play game by both teams. “Cynthia struggled a little bit in the first inning, giving up all five of her runs, but then she settled in after that,” Poulsen said. “We turned a rather bizarre triple play that got us out of another jam. We hit the ball pretty well, but Prairie Home made some good plays on us. Eventually, it was our short game and baserunning that pulled out the game in the end. I was proud of how our girls battled all game and came back for the 6-5 win.”
Prairie Home coach Glenda Scott said the girls played their best game of the season.
“We jumped out to a lead and had our chances to score more but baserunning errors hurt us,” Scott said. “We did hit the ball hard the last-three innings but everyone was right at a player. Our defense was much better but still pitcher Makayla Zey only allowed two earned runs. Emmerich made the play of the year at shortstop. She bare handed a ground ball as she stepped on second for a force out. Our 1-9 hitters were on base a lot. Stock, Distler, Rhorer and Flood all hit good solid hits. Our hitting is coming around.”
In the baseball game, the Tigers exploded for 10 runs in the second inning and then matched Prairie Home with three runs over the next-three innings to win by the mercy rule.
Regan Meisenheimer was the winning pitcher in the game for Pilot Grove, 3-1 overall and in the conference, while Klay Holliday took the loss for Prairie Home, who dropped to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference. In three innings, Meisenheimer struck out seven batters and gave up one hit and three walks. Holliday, meanwhile, pitched the first-three innings and surrendered 10 runs on nine hits and six walks while striking out one.
Poulsen said the Tigers came out more focused than on Tuesday against Jamestown. “From the beginning we hit the ball hard and ran the bases aggressively,” Poulsen said. “Even most of our outs were hit hard, just right at defenders. Regan did an excellent job on the mound only giving up one hit. That now makes nine innings he has pitched and only given up that one hit. Very good win and hopefully this shows our guys the way the game should be played.”
Pilot Grove also out-hit Prairie Home 12-5, with Layne Hoff going 2-for-3 with a single, triple and two RBIs.
Colton Glenn was 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI while Regan Meisenheimer and Keaton Vollrath added two singles each, Jared Twenter and Grant Felten each with a two-RBI-single, Alex Twenter with a RBI-single and Jacob Twenter with one single.
For Prairie Home, Ross Kendrick had one single and two RBIs while Kody Utterback, Rayce Kendrick, Jonathan Brandes and Wyatt Borghardt added one single each.
Prairie Home coach Eric Rhorer said his team didn’t make the plays when they needed to and let the score get out of hand.