After trailing 2-0 after 3 1/2 innings Monday night against the Cairo Bearcats, Pilot Grove co-coach Landon Daniel told his players to be patient and that the hits would come.
But little did he know that Cairo would have a hand in the outcome by walking two batters for a three-run sixth inning for a 5-3 victory.
“This was a good win for us,” Daniel said. “We started pretty slow offensively but we were putting the ball in play. It just seemed that whenever we made contact, it was right to Cairo on defense. We finally started to crack it open in the fourth with some key hits and then in the sixth we made enough contact for them to make a pitching change and we stayed patient and waited for the pitch we wanted and ended up having two guys get walked in to seal the game. Regan (Meisenheimer) pitched a great game for us and had a good command of the strike zone and kept hitters off balance all night. All in all, we continue to get better in each game and that will continue to pay off for our guys as the season goes on.”
Of course it didn’t look good early on for the Tigers after giving up one run in each of the second and fourth innings of play. However, after pushing across two runs in the bottom-half of the fourth to tie the game at 2-all, Pilot Grove came back and added three more runs in the sixth to go up 5-2. Then, in the seventh, Cairo tacked on another run to cut the lead two at 5-3.
Regan Meisenheimer picked up the complete game victory for Pilot Grove, 2-3, while Alex Leathers took the loss for Cairo. In seven innings, Meisenheimer struck out seven batters and gave up three runs on eight hits and three walks.
For Cairo, Leathers pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four.
Meisenheimer also had two hits in the ballgame for Pilot Grove with two singles and one RBI. Grant Vollrath was also 2-for-3 with a single, double and one RBI while Austin Kollmeyer added a single and one RBI and Isaac Lorenz, Jon Gerke and Jacob Twenter each with one single.
For Cairo, Trenton Prather was 3-for-3 with three singles and one RBI. Bryan Harris doubled while Seth Hess, Josh Stroppel and Dalton Reed each singled.
In the JV game, Cairo defeated Pilot Grove by a score of 4-0.
Austin Kollmeyer and Jacob Twenter shared the pitching duties for Pilot Grove. Anderson Twenter and Ben Glenn had the only hits for the Tigers.