The Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team didn’t seem to have a trouble with the cold weather on Friday.
In fact, the Tigers seemed to thrive more against the Otterville Eagles by pounding out 17 runs on 10 hits for a 17-0 victory.
While the win improved Pilot Grove’s record to 2-2, head coach Neal Bailey said it was a colder game than they typically play in, so as you may expect things weren’t as fluid as they could have been.
“It was more noticeable in the hitting than anything else,” Bailey said. “I would have thought we would hit better than we did given a warmer day. What was good about playing in the colder temperature is that it gave us an opportunity to work on our mental approach to the game. In that regard, I was pleased with how the guys worked. There wasn’t much going on defensively. Bailey and Cole pitched well, with only a few balls put in play, and we moved well on those balls. Overall, we played well. It was good to get a game in and get back to .500 at 2-2.”
The Tigers definitely scored runs when they needed to against Otterville. Although they had just one run in the first, Pilot Grove came back and broke the game wide open with a five run second inning to extend the lead to 6-0. The Tigers were off and running after that while pushing across one more run in the third, two in the fourth and eight in the fifth to win by the mercy rule.
Bailey Quint picked up the win on the mound for Pilot Grove, improving his record to 1-1 on the season. In three innings pitched, Quint struck out eight batters and gave up just one walk. Cole Meisenheimer then came in and pitched two innings in relief and struck out five batters.
Morrison took the loss for Otterville by giving up nine runs on six hits and six walks in four innings pitched. He also struck out six batters.
As for the hitting in the game for Pilot Grove, Meisenheimer went 2-for-4 with a single, double and one RBI. Luke Kollmeyer also had two hits with two singles and four RBIs while Kealin Vinson added two singles and one RBI, Quint with one double and one RBI, Anderson Twenter with a RBI-single, Austin Kollmeyer and Dalton Reuter each with one single and Donnavan Gerke with one RBI.