Will host Wellsville in sectional round of state playoffs on Monday, May 22nd starting at 4 p.m.
That’s how long its been since the Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team last won a district title.
In a No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup Wednesday night in Pilot Grove, the Tigers ended 27 years of frustrations by beating the Jamestown Eagles 7-6 to claim the Class 1 District 11 title.
Pilot Grove, improving to 10-5 on the season, will now advance to the sectional round of the state playoffs on Monday, May 22nd in Pilot Grove against Wellsville starting at 4 p.m.
Wellsville won the Class 1 District 12 championship on Tuesday by knocking off top-seeded Silex 9-6.
Pilot Grove coach Dillon Yung said the players executed everything that they had game planned going into the game.
“I am extremely proud of every singles one of these kids tonight,” Yung said. “We were going to get things going early with a lead off single to start the game and then an error committed by Jamestown. This all led to a two-RBI double from Brady Rentel to give us an early 2-0 lead. We were then able to push across two more runs the next inning and really settled in from there offensively.
“I also thought our defense really bailed us out tonight at times. We were able to throw a kid out at second and got a diving catch in center from Parker Schuster that kept Jamestown off the board early. Overall, this was just a great night for us. Our kids really bought in tonight at the plate and were able to score a bunch of runs off a really good pitcher.”
It’s also nice having senior Brady Rentel on your team. All he did Wednesday night against Jamestown was go 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs while picking up the win on the mound by striking out eight batters and giving up six runs on nine hits and one walk.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Pilot Grove reeled off seven unanswered runs in the first-five innings. But even then the Tigers probably made it closer than it should have been while giving up three runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings of play.
Pilot Grove may also want to do a little batting practice before their next game while managing just six hits in six innings.
The Eagles out-hit Pilot Grove 10-6, with Jared Schupp, Anderson Twenter and Laben Twenter collecting only one single each for the Tigers.
For Jamestown, Cole Thiessen went 2-for-4 with two double and two RBIs.
Austin Maslen also had two hits with a double, triple and one RBI while Garrett Wolfe added a single, double and three RBIs, Austin Flippin with two singles and Clark Rohrbach and Nick Perez each with one single.
Wolfe also took the loss on the mound for Jamestown by giving up five runs on four hits and six walks while striking out nine batters. Thiessen also pitched two innings.