The Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team had one bad inning last Friday at home against the Westran Hornets.
What could have easily been a 5-3 ballgame, the Tigers instead had to settle for a 12-3 setback after giving up seven runs in the top-half of the seventh against the Hornets.
“We did not play well defensively. We will have to clean it up to win games,” said Pilot Grove coach Neal Bailey.
While the loss dropped Pilot Grove to 7-6 on the season, the Tigers proved early in the ballgame that they could play with Westran with no score after two. Unfortunately for Pilot Grove, the 10 errors proved to be their downfall as Westran sent three runs across in the top-half of the third to go up 3-0. Meanwhile, after the Tigers got one of those runs back in the bottom-half of the fourth, Westran came back and tacked on two more runs in the fifth to extend the lead to 5-1.
Pilot Grove didn’t go down without a fight, though. After pushing across another run in the bottom-half of the fifth, the Tigers came back and added another run in the sixth to cut the lead to two at 5-3. However, in the top-half of the seventh, Westran broke the game wide open by exploding for seventh runs for the victory.
Truesdell picked up the win on the mound for Westran while Bailey Quint took the loss for Pilot Grove. Truesdell pitched the first-five innings and struck out seven batters while giving up two runs on four hits and two walks. Miller then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed one run on one walk while striking out one batter. Then, to finish the game, Coonce pitched one inning and walked one while striking out one.
For Pilot Grove, Quint pitched the first-four innings and struck out nine batters while giving up three runs on four hits and two walks. Cole Meisenheimer then came in and pitched two innings in relief and issued three runs on one hit and one walk while striking out four batters. Then, to finish the game, Austin Kollmeyer pitched one inning and yielded six runs on three hits while striking out one.
Westran also out-hit Pilot Grove 8-4, with Moore going 2-for-5 with a single, double and one RBI. McCawley was also 2-for-5 with a single and a double while Miller added two singles and one RBI, Untiedt with one triple and three RBIs, Truesdell with one single and Massey with one RBI.
For Pilot Grove, Cole Meisenheimer had the only extra base hit with a double. Donnavon Gerke added a single and two RBIs while Bailey Quint and Kealin Vinson finished the game with one single each.