For Pilot Grove’s first game and New Franklin’s second, the outcome couldn’t have been better for the Tigers Tuesday night at New Franklin.
Although the Bulldogs were coming off a 10 inning game one night earlier against Fayette, Pilot Grove did just enough to beat New Franklin 7-3.
“It was great to pick up where we left off of from the fall,” said Pilot Grove coach Evan Oswald. “It took us a couple innings to get our offense going, but I thought we played exceptional throughout the game. Cole Meisenheimer was solid from the start. He was consistently around the plate all game and his teammates made the plays when they presented themselves. Bailey Quint has been itching to get back onto the mound ever since his injury. He battled the last three innings and picked up the save for us. I wasn’t sure how our offense would look due to the weather this preseason. We haven’t had any live batting practice, so It was great to see us making good contact throughout the lineup. I was pleased to see we had nine hits in the box score, but we easily could have had a few more. We need to work on a few things, but it was great to start the spring season with a win. We are looking forward to our double header this Saturday.”
But even then the Bulldogs had a chance while leading 2-1 after four complete innings. However after pushing across two runs in the fifth to go up 3-2, Pilot Grove came back and tacked on four more in the seventh to extend the lead to 7-2. New Franklin added one in the bottom half of the seventh to round out the scoring.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said Koy Harris gave a great effort on the mound, but it was the same formula as Monday night.  
“We make too many mistakes in the field and strikeout too much, especially with runners on base,” Gerding said. “The bottom of their lineup also scored four of their seven runs, striking out only two times.  Ours had one hit and struck out eight times.”
Cole Meisenheimer picked up the win for the Tigers while Koy Harris took the loss for New Franklin, who dropped to 0-2. In four innings, Meisenheimer struck out five batters and gave up just two runs on three hits and two walks. Bailey Quint also pitched three innings in relief and allowed one run on one hit and five walks while striking out six.
For New Franklin, Harris pitched six innings and struck out four batters. He also allowed three runs on five hits and two walks. Caleb Hull pitched one inning in relief and issued three runs on four hits with one strikeout.
Meisenheimer also led Pilot Grove in hits by finishing 3-for-4 with a single, two doubles and one RBI. Luke Kollmeyer had two singles and two RBIs while Kealin Vinson added a single and one RBI. Bailey Quint, Bo Vinson and Gavin Shepherd each had one hit.
For New Franklin, Colten Collyott went 2-for-4 with two singles while Andy Neal and Sam Marshall each had one single.