The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers softball team knows all too well about peeking at the right time.


Last night in the sectional round of the state playoffs at Brunswick, Pilot Grove once again made quick work of its opponent by leading the Lady Wildcats from start to finish for a 11-1 victory in five innings.

While improving to 12-9 on the season, Pilot Grove will now host Weaubleau in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament on Saturday, Oct. 16th at Pilot Grove starting at 7 p.m. Weaubleau advanced last night by beating Norborne 6-2.


The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers softball team knows all too well about peeking at the right time.

Last night in the sectional round of the state playoffs at Brunswick, Pilot Grove once again made quick work of its opponent by leading the Lady Wildcats from start to finish for a 11-1 victory in five innings.
While improving to 12-9 on the season, Pilot Grove will now host Weaubleau in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament on Saturday, Oct. 16th at Pilot Grove starting at 7 p.m. Weaubleau advanced last night by beating Norborne 6-2.

Commenting on the win over Brunswick, Pilot Grove coach Eric McNeal said he cannot begin to say how proud he is of these girls.

“They have been through a lot of highs and lows this season, but despite the adversity they have faced, they have put a strong series of games together at the right time. Hands down, they are playing the best ball that they have all year, right now,”?McNeal said. “They picked a great time to step it up. As we have said all year, it's not where you start, it's where you finish. These girls have had it in them all along, they just had to convince themselves to go out there and play ball.
“Hailey threw another excellent ballgame, holding Brunswick to just one hit and one earned run. Cassie called an excellent game behind the plate and threw out a runner. Defensively, we again hustled to the ball. We had a play in the very first at bat of the game that could have set the tone of the game for us when a ball was not only overthrown but got past the backup. The girl advanced all the way to third, but Hailey battled back and recorded three of her six strikeouts to get us out of the inning. Cassie, Kerby, and Lauren all had a series of catches that required a good deal of hustle and reaction to make. Ciara held down our right side very well. Our infield was tight enough tonight that only one ball squeaked through for our outfield to handle. Again, our girls have learned that they need to step it up and rely on each other. They have pulled together and really meshed as a team.”

Bader picked up the win on the mound for Pilot Grove by giving up one run on one hit and two walks while striking out six. Manson, meanwhile, took the loss for Brunswick by surrendering 11 runs on 15 hits and one walk while striking out three.

Kendra Wessing was also perfect on the night, going 4-for-4 with four singles and two RBIs. Kori Marshall was 3-for-3 with two singles, one triple and one RBI, while Hailey Bader added two singles, one triple and three RBIs, Cassie Lorenz with two doubles and four RBIs, Kerby Gerling, Lauren Vollrath and Miranda Schuster each with one single and Ciara Schlotzhauer with one RBI.