Pilot Grove freshman Bailey Quint had the best of both worlds Tuesday night in a 14-0 win over Fayette in five innings.
While finishing 3-for-3 at the plate with two singles, one double and four RBIs, Quint also pitched three innings of one hit ball for the win while striking out seven batters to improve to 6-2 on the season.
Pilot Grove coach Neal Bailey said the Tigers played more like they are capable of playing. “It was a good win for us going into district play,” Bailey said.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Pilot Grove scored at least two runs in every inning against Fayette or that the Falcons first hit of the ballgame didn’t come until the third on a one out single to left.
Add it up and it’s no wonder the Tigers had their way with the Falcons by pushing across two runs in the first on two hits, which included a Fayette error on a ground ball by Kealin Vinson for the first run and a RBI-single to center by Anderson Twenter for the second.
Pilot Grove never trailed after that while adding four more runs in the second on back-to-back RBI singles by Luke Kollmeyer and Quint and two-RBI single to center by Anderson to extend the lead to 6-0.
In the third, the Tigers tacked on three more runs to make it 9-0 on a two-RBI double to left center by Quint and a RBI-single to left by Austin Kollmeyer. Then, in the five-run fourth inning, Pilot Grove sent nine batters to the plate and finished with two hits and two walks. Quint also picked up a RBI on a bases loaded walk while Hayden Krumm knocked in two runs with a double to left.
Luke Kollmeyer also pitched two innings in relief for the Tigers and struck out two batters.
Kindle took the loss for Fayette by giving up six runs on three hits and three walks while striking out three in 1 2/3 innings. Himmelmann and Polson also pitched in relief.
Twenter finished the game with two singles and three runs batted in for Pilot Grove. Krumm had one double and two RBIs while Austin Kollmeyer added one single and three RBIs, Luke Kollmeyer with one single and one RBI and Kealin Vinson and Dalton Reuter with one single each.
For Fayette, Hudson had the only hit with one single.