The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers softball team had another impressive outing from junior Samarah Bailey while tossing a two-hit shutout against the California Pintos for a 8-0 victory.
The Lady Tigers, improving to 8-4 on the season, opened the game with four runs in the top-half of the first and then sent one run across in the second, two again in the fourth and one in the fifth for the victory.
Pilot Grove coach Neal Bailey said this was a good win coming right off a tournament over the weekend that wasn’t the teams best outing. “We played well against a solid California team with a very good pitcher,” Bailey said. “It was good to get back to playing well liked we are capable of doing.”
As for Bailey, the junior hurler improved to 8-1 on the season by striking out 12 batters in seven innings. Bailey also gave up just two hits and three walks.
Schlup took the loss for California by giving up eight runs on 12 hits and one walk while striking out 10.
Pilot Grove also out-hit California 12-2, with Bailey going 3-for-4 with three singles and three RBIs. Emily Schupp was 2-for-4 with a single, double and two RBIs while Melanie Wolfe and Natalie Rentel added a single and a double, Sasha Moore with two singles and three RBIs and Reagan McFatrich with one triple.
For California, Schlup and Johnson each had one hit.
Russellville (BB) 7
Pilot Grove (BB) 0
The Russellville Indians baseball team scored two runs in the second inning and never looked back, beating the Pilot Grove Tigers Monday night in Pilot Grove.
The Tigers, dropping to 2-4 overall, trailed Russellville 2-0 after two, 3-0 after four, 4-0 after five and 6-0 after six before giving up another run in the seven inning.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said he knew Russellville was going to be a tough team.
“We made several errors on the field and on the bases,” Skaggs said. “We know that we can't make these type of mistakes versus a team of their caliber.  Although this was a game that could have gotten out of hand I thought we kept our composure and our pitchers did a nice job of throwing consistently.
“We have now went two games without scoring a run and our guys are just going to have to relax at the plate. I feel we are pushing a little too hard and things will come back around as we get back into a routine of playing games. We move on and look forward to our conference contest Thursday versus Glasgow and Friday versus Cairo. This is a big week in conference baseball all around and we hope to put ourselves in contention for a share of the conference title.”
Braden Hickey picked up the win on the mound for Russellville while Bailey Quint took the loss for Pilot Grove. Quint started the game and pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on two hits and four walks while striking out three batters. Cole Meisenheimer then came in and pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief and allowed four runs on four hits while striking out three batters. Then, to finish the game, Austin Kollmeyer pitched 1 1/3 innings and issued one run on one hit while striking out one.
Russellville also out-hit Pilot Grove 8-7, with Chandler Miller, Riley Marcum and Trenton Morrow each collecting one double.
For Pilot Grove, Donnavan Gerke and Kealin Vinson each had two singles while Anderson Twenter, Bailey Quint and Cole Meisenheimer finished the game with one single apiece.
In the JV game, Pilot Grove defeated Russellville 3-2.
Lucas Fahrendorf picked up the win on the mound for the Tigers while Luke Kollmeyer, Bailey Quint and Kealin Vinson each had one hit.
Skaggs said he continues to see the guys working hard on getting better at the JV level and it was great to see them pick up the night by pulling off a win.