The Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team fell in five innings against a good Russellville team Monday night on the road by a score of 12-2.
The Tigers, dropping to 1-2 on the season, scored just two runs on three hits against Russellville while the Indians plated runs in every inning to win by the mercy rule.
“We started out a little sluggish and that just can’t happen versus a team like that,” said Pilot Grove coach Evan Oswald. “They played really good fundamental baseball and hit the ball well versus us. I thought Cole and Dade did an excellent job on the mound tonight. We limited our walks, which will always be key. However, Russellville was  putting the ball in play where our defenders weren’t located. We had a couple good hits in the game, and we also cut down on our strikeouts. I just tell the kids to keep being aggressive up there and sooner or later those ball are going to find a hole. The good thing about baseball is that you have to have a short memory. I’m glad we have two other games this week. We will look to erase this one from our memory and get after Jamestown and Cairo this week.”
Cole Meisenheimer took the loss for Pilot Grove by giving up six runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four batters in three innings. Dade Christy then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed six runs on six hits and one walk.
Russellville also out-hit Pilot Grove 13-3, with Stewart going 3-for-4 with one double. Morrow had two hits with a double, home run and two RBIs while Thompson, Roe and Hickey added two singles each.
For Pilot Grove, Cole Meisenheimer and Hayden Krumm each doubled while Lucas Fahrendorf singled.