The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers softball team finished second in the Marshall Tournament over the weekend, losing only to the Warrensburg Tigers in the championship game 10-0.
The Lady Tigers, who finished second in the state last year in Class 1, opened the tournament with a 7-0 win over Carrollton and then beat Warsaw 9-1 in the semifinal round before losing to Warrensburg in the championship game.
Pilot Grove coach Neal Bailey said it was a great day of softball.
“We played three very solid teams and took two of the three,” Bailey said. “We made a few minor baserunning mistakes and had some communication issues early on, but worked much of that out between innings. I’m very happy with the way the girls worked with each other throughout the day to get better. We saw very good pitching all day. No one was really overpowering, but each threw several different pitches. I thought we had very good plate appearances and hit well all day. Defensively, we played well all three games. As with everyone else, we have some things to work out, but we are farther along than usual for the first day of games.”
In the opening game against Carrollton, the Lady Tigers scored in five out of the six innings by pushing across three in the first, one in the second, two again in the fourth and one in the sixth for the win.
Senior pitcher Samarah Bailey picked up the complete game victory for Pilot Grove and struck out 14 batters while giving up only three hits in six inning.
Pilot Grove also out-hit Carrollton 7-3, with Emily Schupp going 2-for-3 with a double, triple and one RBI. Abby Schupp, Melanie Wolfe and Natalie Rentel each had one single and one RBI while Bailey and Leah Vollrath added one single each. Reagan McFatrich also drove in one run.
In the second game against Warsaw, Pilot Grove had a six-run fourth inning to break the game wide open against the Lady Wildcats.
Bailey again picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Tigers by striking out 13 batters in seven innings. She also gave up just one run on five hits and two walks.
Schupp went 2-for-4 in the game with two singles. Bailey and Wolfe each had one single and two RBIs while Schupp added a single and one RBI, Rentel and Grace Phillips each with one single, Natalie Glenn with two RBIs and Vollrath with one RBI.
In the championship game against Warrensburg, the Lady Tigers managed just one hit in five innings for the loss.
Warrensburg scored in every inning but one against Pilot Grove and gave up one run in each of the second and third innings of play and four in the fourth and fifth innings to win by the mercy rule.
Bailey took the loss for Pilot Grove by giving up two runs on three hits and one walk in three innings. She also struck out five batters. Schupp pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up eight runs on six hits and two walks.
Wolfe had the only hit in the game for Pilot Grove with one single.