One day after beating the Prairie Home Panthers 11-1, the Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team couldn’t buy a run on Friday at home against the Madison Panthers.
Although the Tigers tied Madison in hits with two and committed just one error in the game, the one run by the Panthers in the top-half of the sixth is all it took against Pilot Grove for a 1-0 victory.
“We came up just short of our season goal, but we fought all season to get ourselves to the position of having a shot at the conference title,” said Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs. “Sturgeon and Cairo each had one loss and if we would have secured a win against Madison it would have been a three way tie for us. The game started off with that feeling that one run was going to win it, as both pitchers were on their "A" game-Cole Meisenheimer for us and Jimmy Layton for them. In the  sixth inning they were able to get a run across with two outs to put them on the board. We couldn't get anything going in our two offensive innings to follow. It truly was a pitching duel. I'm proud of all the kids all fall, this one just stings a bit for us.”
Layton picked up the complete-game victory for Madison while Meisenheimer took the loss for Pilot Grove, who closed out the fall season at 7-5 overall and 3-2 in the CAC. In seven innings, Layton struck out 12 batters and gave up just two hits and two walks. Meisenheimer, meanwhile, pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed just one run on two hits and two walks while striking out 15. Bailey Quint then came in and pitched 2/3 inning in relief with two strikeouts.
As for the hitting in the game for Madison, Skyler Love and Austin Thomas each had one single.
For Pilot Grove, Meisenheimer doubled while Kealin Vinson singled.