The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers softball team finished 2-1 to capture the consolation trophy in the Cairo Tournament over the weekend.
After dropping their first game against Moberly 7-5, the Lady Tigers came back to beat both Schuyler County and Westran by the scores of 6-1 and 5-2, respectively.
Pilot Grove coach Neal Bailey said the team did not play as well as they have been recently, but that happens at times. “Overall it was a good day of softball for us in a sense that a lot of the situations we talked about came up in the games,” Bailey said. “When that happens I think we get better faster than just covering them in practice. Also, we won 2 of 3 games against solid teams to take home the consolation. It was a good tournament for us.”
In the opening game against Moberly, the Lady Tigers led 5-1 after 3 1/2 but couldn’t hold on to the lead while giving up five runs in the bottom-half of the fourth and one again in the fifth.
Melanie Wolfe took the loss in the circle for Pilot Grove. In 4 1/3 innings, Wolfe allowed seven runs on five hits and seven walks while striking out six batters.
Pilot Grove also out-hit Moberly 9-5 in the loss, with Wolfe going 3-for-3 with two singles, one triple and one RBI. Sasha Moore had two singles and one RBI while Reagan Walker added two singles, Natalie Rentel with one double and one RBI, Kaitlen Weekley with one single and Emily Schupp and Samarah Bailey each with one RBI.
In the game against Schuyler County, the Lady Tigers led from the first pitch while pushing across three runs in each of the first and third innings.
Samarah Bailey picked up the win in the circle for Pilot Grove by giving up just one run on five hits and one walk while striking out six batters in five innings.
Bailey also led the team in hitting with three singles and one RBI. Natalie Rentel finished the game with two singles and two RBIs while Melanie Wolfe added one double and one RBI and Sasha Moore and Kaitlen Weekley each with one single and one RBI.
In the consolation game against Westran, the Lady Tigers broke a 2-2 tie after six with three runs in the top-half of the seventh for a 5-2 victory.
Bailey was the winning pitcher again in the game for Pilot Grove, who improved to 7-4 on the season. In seven innings, Bailey struck out 11 batters and gave up just two runs on one hit. The win was Bailey’s seventh of the season in eight games.
As for the hitting in the game for Pilot Grove, Bailey went 4-for-4 with four singles and three RBIs. Emily Schupp and Abby Schupp each had two singles while Melanie Wolfe added one double and one RBI, Natalie Rentel with one single and one RBI and Reagan McFatrich with one single.