The Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to one run games.
After dropping a 1-0 decision at Jamestown on Friday, the Tigers had yet another heart-breaking loss Monday night at home against the Harrisburg Bulldogs by losing 15-14 in 13 innings.
Pilot Grove coach Neal Bailey said when you play a 13 inning game, you are bound to get several opportunities to learn and get better from the experience.
“I feel like we are a much better team now than before,” Bailey said. “It would have been nice to come away with the win after a game like that, but it doesn’t always work out the way you want it. I am proud of the guys for not letting up and working hard the entire game. We gained some valuable experience that we can use going forward.”
As expected, the game went back and forth all night with Harrisburg leading at one point 5-3 after 3 1/2 only to have Pilot Grove rally back with a 7-6 advantage after six. Meanwhile, after the Bulldogs rallied with one run in the top-half of the seventh to tie the game at 7-all, Harrisburg and Pilot Grove then traded runs with three each in the ninth and four each in the 12th. However, in the top-half of the 13th, the Bulldogs would score the winning run on a walk and error to go up 15-14. Pilot Grove still had a shot after loading the bases in the bottom half of the inning but was left stranded as the Harrisburg pitcher recorded two strikeouts and a fielder’s choice to end the game.
Gipson was the pitcher of record in the game for Harrisburg while Luke Kollmeyer took the loss for Pilot Grove, who dropped to 6-4 on the season. Gipson pitched 4 2/3 innings and struck out seven batters while giving up three runs on three hits and eight walks. Kollmeyer, meanwhile, pitched 4 2/3 innings in relief and allowed eight runs on five hits and seven walks while striking out four batters.
Harrisburg used a total of three pitchers in the game while Pilot Grove had four pitchers take the mound in 13 innings.
Freeman went 3-for-6 in the game for Harrisburg with a single, double, triple and four RBIs.  A total of five Harrisburg hitters finished the game with two hits or more in the game.
For Pilot Grove, who actually out-hit Harrisburg 18-15, Bailey Quint finished the game 5-for-6 with two singles, three doubles and three RBIs.
Cole Meisenheimer was 3-for-4 with two singles, one triple and three RBIs while Austin Kollmeyer added three singles and five RBIs, Luke Kollmeyer and Kealin Vinson each with one single, one double and one RBI, Gavin Shepherd with two singles and Donnavon Gerke with one single.