In a battle of CAC teams Friday night in Pilot Grove, the Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team recorded a shutout against the New Franklin Bulldogs 6-0.
Pilot Grove, improving to 3-5 on the season, scored all six runs in two innings by pushing across two in the bottom half of the first and four again in the fifth.
Pilot Grove coach Evan Oswald said the boys played an excellent ballgame. “The team is really starting to understand they need to be dialed into every pitch and every play of the game,” Oswald said. “We cut down our mistakes and it paid off. Cole Meisenheimer continues to throw the ball well this fall. He pitched one heck of a game and his teammates really made some key plays tonight. Even though we only had three hits, they were very productive and timely hits.  I was very pleased with our all around performance tonight. We will look to keep this momentum going into our final two games of the fall.”
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said same story different night. “We are not getting anything offensively from too many guys in the lineup and cannot come through with runners on,” Gerding said. “They got the hits and we didn’t. They executed more pitches in tight spots.”
Cole Meisenheimer picked up the complete game victory for Pilot Grove while Gavin Bishop took the loss for New Franklin, who dropped to 4-7 overall and 1-3 in the CAC. Meisenheimer pitched 6 2/3 innings and struck out 12 batters while giving up five hits and three walks. Bishop, meanwhile, pitched the first-six innings and struck out eight batters while surrendering six runs on three hits and four walks.
Meisenheimer also doubled and drove in two runs for the Tigers while Bo Vinson added a double and one RBI. Kealin Vinson had a RBI-single.
For New Franklin, Colten Collyott went 2-for-4 with a single and a double. Bishop finished the game with two singles while Tysen Dowell and Jackson Dorson added one single each.