The Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team played the Cairo Bearcats to a standstill for 4 1/2 innings Friday night in Cairo.
However after the Bearcats plated four runs in the bottom-half of the fifth, they came back and added five more runs in the sixth for a 9-0 victory.
Despite the loss, which dropped Pilot Grove to 3-2 overall, head coach Clint Poulsen said his team went up against one of the better programs in the area for five innings.
“However, once again bad defensive play got to us in the sixth and seventh innings, as we just couldn’t seem to put it all together,” Poulsen said. “Their pitcher did a good job of keeping us off-balance for the game with his breaking stuff and we couldn’t really string together any hits to get a rally going. This is a good barometer of where we are and where we need to get to.”
Tyler Kirkendoll picked up the win on the mound for Cairo while Trenton Young took the loss for Pilot Grove.
Kirkendoll went the distance and struck out nine batters while giving up five hits. Young, meanwhile, pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs on 12 hits and two walks while striking out five batters. Alex Twenter then came in and pitched 2/3 inning and surrendered one run on one hit and one walk while striking out one.
Cairo also out-hit Pilot Grove 13-5, with Brad Roberts going 2-for-4 with a single, double and three RBIs.
Kory Rudkin and Kaleb Keen each had two singles and two RBIs while Seth Hess added two singles and one RBI, Tyler Kirkendoll with two singles and Todd Nelson, Bridger Creed and Alex Leathers with one single each.
For Pilot Grove, Grant Felten had the only extra base hit with a double while Jacob Twenter, Trenton Young, Alex Twenter and Keaton Vollrath each singled.