The Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity Tuesday night while hosting the Jamestown Eagles.
Having already won at Jamestown just two weeks earlier 9-3, the Tigers had a chance to move ahead of the Eagles also in the pecking order for a higher district seed.
Unfortunately for Pilot Grove, they forgot to bring their A game against Jamestown while surrendering five runs over the final four innings for a 5-1 loss.
While the loss dropped Pilot Grove to 7-3 on the season, head coach Evan Oswald said his team just went through the motions. “Once again we made some key mistakes on the base paths,” Oswald said. “We cannot do that versus good teams like Jamestown. They completely stopped any momentum and capitalized on our mistakes. I feel like sometimes we take for granted how good our pitching staff can be, so then we just go through the motions on the offensive end in hopes that our pitching staff will bail us out. We’ve lost two games in a row and we will look to right the ship in our next game versus Fayette. I hope we come out with a lot more urgency and take the fight to them from the opening pitch.”
It looked good early on against Jamestown while pushing across one run on a walk and an error.
The Eagles tied the game three innings later in the fourth on an error and a RBI single to center by Mack Sorrells.
Pilot Grove had its chances after that but stranded runners in each of the second and third innings.
As for the Eagles, they made the most of the opportunity in the top half of the sixth with three runs on three hits-all with two outs. William Lieser hit a single to center, followed by an intentional walk to Sorrells. Then, after a RBI-double to right by Tristan Jones to make it 2-1, Gage Reynolds singled to short for another run to extend the lead to 3-1.
Jamestown added two more runs in the seventh for insurance when Damion Street was hit by a pitch with bases loaded. Lieser then drew a walk with the bases full to bring in another run.
Dalton Oerly picked up the complete game victory for Jamestown while Bailey Quint took the loss for Pilot Grove. In seven innings, Oerly struck out nine batters and gave up one run on four hits and three walks. Quint, meanwhile, pitched five innings and allowed three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out seven batters. Dade Christy pitched one inning in relief and surrendered one hit while striking out one. Then, to finish the game, Bo Vinson pitched one inning and issued two runs on one hit and three walks while striking out one.
Jamestown also out-hit Pilot Grove 6-4, with Oerly going 2-for-3 with two singles. Jones finished the game with one double and one RBI.
For Pilot Grove, Kealin Vinson had the only extra base hit with a double. Bailey Quint, Bo Vinson and Laben Twenter each had one single.