Lady Tigers wrap up league title
Pilot Grove’s baseball and softball teams pulled no punches when it came to Friday night’s game against the Madison Panthers.
While scoring a total of 24 runs in both games, the Lady Tigers probably had the toughest game of the two by beating Madison 4-0 behind the one-hit pitching of senior Samarah Bailey. As for the Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team, they closed out their fall season at the .500 mark at 5-5 by turning back Madison 20-7.
Pilot Grove coach Neal Bailey said the girls made some very good plays defensively to hold Madison to just one hit for the game.
“Offensively, we were not as disciplined as we typically are, or as much as we need to be the rest of the way this season, but the pitching performance by Thomas was probably the best we’ve faced this year,” Bailey said. “It was good to face such a quality pitcher so late in the season and get another conference win out of it.”
While wrapping up yet another CAC title at 6-0, the Lady Tigers also improved to 19-3 on the season.
Needless to say, the game against Madison was a little tougher than normal as Pilot Grove led just 1-0 after two and 2-0 after three before pushing across two more runs in the fourth.
As for Samarah Bailey, the senior hurler improved to 17-3 on the season by striking out 13 batters in seven innings while giving up just one hit. For the season, Bailey has an ERA of .694 with 253 strikeouts in 121 innings with just 16 walks. Thomas, meanwhile, took the loss for Madison by giving up four runs on five hits and four walks while striking out 15.
Pilot Grove also out-hit Madison 5-1, with Natalie Rentel collecting her second home run of the season, lead-off style, with a solo shot to left. Emily Schupp singled and drove in two runs while Melanie Wolfe and Reagan McFatrich each had one single.
Thomas had the only hit in the game for Madison, being a single.
As for the Tigers baseball team, they wasted little time getting on the board against Madison by exploding for five runs in the top-half of the first.
The only problem is that Pilot Grove didn’t score again until the nine-run sixth inning and trailed Madison 7-5. The Panthers scored two in the third and five in the fifth. However, after pushing across nine runs in the sixth to go up 14-7, Pilot Grove came back and tacked on six more runs in the seventh for the victory.
Pilot Grove coach Evan Oswald said it was a great way to finish the fall season.
“We started out with a bang by scoring five runs in the first, but we got complacent over the next four innings,” Oswald said. “Madison did a really good job and really battled back to take the lead. I challenged the boys in the top of the sixth to see if we could leave the fall season with some really good momentum going into the spring. They responded very well and completely dominated the last two innings. I was very proud of their effort and cannot wait until the spring season. As long as we can stay healthy, we will be a very tough out. It was great to end the season winning our last four games and finishing 4-1 in conference.”
Cole Meisenheimer picked up the complete-game victory for Pilot Grove by giving up seven runs on seven hits and two walks. Meisenheimer also struck out eight batters to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Buck took the loss for Madison.
As for the hitting in the game for Pilot Grove, Meisenheimer led a 16 hit attack for the Tigers with two doubles, one triple and three RBIs.
Pilot Grove finished the game with a total of seven extra base hits against Madison.
Hayden Krumm went 3-for-5 with two singles, one double and four RBIs. Bo Vinson and Gavin Shepherd each had two singles and two RBIs while Luke Kollmeyer added two singles and one RBI, Kealin Vinson with one double and four RBIs, Dalton Reuter with one double and one RBI, Dade Christy with one double and Laben Twenter with one single and two RBIs.
For Madison, Buck went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Layton finished the game with a double, home run and two RBIs for the Panthers.