Nothing like starting the week on a two-game win streak.
But that’s exactly what the Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team did on Monday and Tuesday by beating Jamestown and Prairie Home 9-4 and 20-2, respectively.
The Tigers, improving to 11-3 on the season after the win against Prairie Home, had their hands full early on while leading by just one run at 3-2 after the first inning. However, after a scoreless second inning, Pilot Grove all but sealed the victory by scoring 17 unanswered runs over the next-three innings for the victory.
Pilot Grove coach Clint Poulsen said in a game of survival of the conditions, the Tigers came out and struggled to hit the ball in the first couple of innings.  
“Our defense also had three miscues that opened the door for Prairie Home to score,” Poulsen said.  “We have to get consistent on defense and offense both.  After a slow start we did find our bats and hit the ball much better.  We need to carry that over for the rest of the week.”
Regan Meisenheimer picked up the win on the mound for Pilot Grove while Klay Holliday took the loss for Prairie Home. Meisenheimer pitched the first-four innings and struck out 11 batters while giving up just two runs on five hits and one walk. Jacob Twenter then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed one walk.
For Prairie Home, Holliday pitched 3 2/3 innings and surrendered 12 runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out three. Rayce Kendrick then came in and pitched one inning in relief and issued eight runs on six hits and two walks while striking out one. Then, to finish the game, Ben Stock pitched 1/3 inning and walked one while striking out one batter.
Pilot Grove also out-hit Prairie Home 16-5, with Grant Felten ripping the cover off the ball again on a 3-for-4 performance with a single, double, triple and three RBIs.
Jake Leverton was also 3-for-4 with two singles, one double and five RBIs while Jon Gerke added a single, triple and one RBI, Regan Meisenheimer with two doubles and one RBI, Trenton Young with two singles and one RBI, Colton Glenn with a double and two RBIs, Alex Cooper also with a double, Keaton Vollrath with a single and two RBIs and Alex Twenter with one single.
For Prairie Home, Jonathan Brandes went 2-for-2 with a single, double and two RBIs while Kody Simmons, Rayce Kendrick and Ben Stock each had one single.
In the game against Jamestown, the Tigers led from the first inning and took a 8-1 lead after three. Meanwhile, after Jamestown plated two runs in the fifth and one again in the sixth to cut the lead to 8-4, Pilot Grove came back and added a run in the bottom-half of the sixth for the victory.
Trenton Young picked up complete-game victory for Pilot Grove while Colton DeVore took the loss for Jamestown. In seven innings, Young struck out seven batters and gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks. DeVore, meanwhile, pitched all six innings and allowed nine runs on seven hits and seven walks while striking out four.
Poulsen said he thought his team played much better defensively.  “Our outfield play was extremely good other than one hiccup,” Poulsen said.  “We had two diving catches and almost threw a runner out at the plate on a base hit.  Offensively we hit the ball well for the first three innings and then we just stopped having good at bats.  We hit a lot of weak ground balls to the left side and got away from hitting the ball up the middle like we did early in the game.  We did have four very productive outs that all scored runs that was the difference in the game.  Trenton threw well, but got a few pitches up that their team just didn't miss.  A good win against a district opponent though and that is always good.”
Colton Glenn went 2-for-4 with two singles and one RBI. Jon Gerke and Keaton Vollrath each had a double and two RBIs while Regan Meisenheimer finished the game with a double and one RBI and Grant Felten and Jake Leverton each with a RBI-single.
Jamestown was led by Alex Gerlach with two singles.
In the JV game, Pilot Grove defeated Jamestown 6-0 in three innings.
Alex Twenter pitched two innings and struck out six batters while walking one. Grant Vollrath then came in and pitched the final inning and issued one hit while striking out one.
Jared Twenter and Grant Vollrath also had the only two hits in the game for the Tigers.