It’s not very often that you will find a team that wins a ballgame without a hit.
But that was the case Tuesday night in the season opener for the Pilot Grove Tigers, who failed to get a hit through seven innings of play but still managed to beat the Sturgeon Bulldogs 1-0.
Pilot Grove coach Evan Oswald said after having their first two games rain out, it was great to finally get between the white lines and play a game. “I thought we would have some first game jitters, but I didn’t think we would get no-hit in the process. The boys stuck together throughout the game, even though we couldn’t generate a lot of offense. Cole Meisenheimer threw a heck of a ballgame. He was extremely consistent all night and was able to keep Sturgeon off balance. The boys stayed engaged defensively all night and made the plays when they presented themselves. I think we were pressing a little to get our bats going, so it was very encouraging to see the kids stay upbeat all game. We will get our bats going next game, but we will take this win and build on it.”
Despite being out-hit by Sturgeon 2-0, the Tigers had plenty of opportunities with runners reaching base in the third, fourth and fifth innings of play.
The damage by Pilot Grove also came in the fourth after junior Cole Meisenheimer was hit by a pitch and later scored on a fly out to right by Hayden Krumm to make it 1-0. The Tigers had a hit batter in the fifth with one out but ended the inning on a strikeout and a ground out. Meanwhile, in the third, Pilot Grove received another one-out walk but failed to move the runner over after a strikeout and ground out to end the inning.
Sturgeon’s two hits came in the first on a one-out single to center by Jacob Brooks and a lead-off single by Logan Flashpoler in the fifth.
Cole Meisenheimer picked up the complete game victory for Pilot Grove by striking out 15 and giving up just two hits and two walks.
Doss took the loss for Sturgeon despite giving up just one run on two walks. He also struck out seven batters.