Improve to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in league play
It didn’t take the Pilot Grove Lady Tigers softball team long to bounce back from its loss just one day earlier Tuesday night at home against the Sturgeon Bulldogs in CAC action.
While losing to the Salisbury Panthers 6-2 on Monday, Pilot Grove responded with a 11 hit attack against Sturgeon while leading from start to finish for a 6-0 victory.
Pilot Grove coach Neal Bailey said he thought the girls played reasonably well. “Offensively, it was good to see hits all the way through our order,” Bailey said. “Defensively, we played clean with only the one error.”
The Lady Tigers wasted little time getting on the board against Sturgeon by pushing across two runs in the bottom half of the first on four hits, which included singles each by Emily Schupp and Melanie Wolfe and doubles by Samarah Bailey and Natalie Rentel. Bailey scored the first run on a steal home and then Rentel drove in Wolfe for the second run.
Pilot Grove also sprayed the ball around the field in the second inning with three runs on four hits, which consisted of a two-out single to right by Natalie Glenn, a bloop single over second by Emily Schupp, a RBI-single to left by Abby Schupp and a two-RBI double to left by Bailey to extend the lead to 5-0.
Meanwhile, after three scoreless innings in the third, fourth and fifth, Pilot Grove came back and tacked on another run in the sixth on a lead off double to left center by Grace Phillips and a RBI-single to left by Leah Vollrath to make it 6-0.
Samarah Bailey picked up the win in the circle for Pilot Grove, improving her season record to 5-2. While pitching all seven innings for the Lady Tigers, Bailey struck out 14 batters and gave up just four hits.
Samantha Wilson took the loss for Sturgeon by giving up six runs on 11 hits while striking out four batters.
Bailey also led the hitting attack for Pilot Grove with two doubles and two RBIs. Emily Schupp and Natalie Glenn each had two singles while Natalie Rentel added a double and one RBI, Grace Phillips with one double, Abby Schupp and Leah Vollrath each with one single and one RBI and Melanie Wolfe with one single.
Emma Bright tripled to lead off the game for Sturgeon while Taylor Harris, Samantha Wilson and Cade McMorris each had one single.