The Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team had its chances Monday night on the road against the Harrisburg Bulldogs.
Although the Tigers fell to Harrisburg 2-0 while managing only four hits in the game, head coach Evan Oswald said his team had their chances, especially in the second inning with the basesloaded and nobody out.
“We just couldn’t produce anything during that inning,” Oswald said. “Their pitchers kept us off balance for most of the game. Our pitching has been outstanding all year and it was the same Monday night. Anytime you only give up two runs and lose, it really stings. We have got to find a better way of producing offensively so we aren’t stressing our pitcher’s arms every outing. We will get back into the cages and work on our swings. We are looking forward to battling Otterville and Eugene to closeout this week.”
While the Tigers put up zeroes across the board, Harrisburg scored its only two runs of the ballgame in the bottom half of the sixth.
Charles Strain picked up the win on the mound for Harrisburg while Bailey Quint took the loss for Pilot Grove, who dropped to 7-4 on the season, in relief. Strain pitched the first five innings and struck out seven batters while giving up four hits and two walks. Cole Meisenheimer started the game for Pilot Grove and allowed no runs on four hits and no walks while striking out seven batters in five innings. Quint then came in and pitched one inning in relief and surrendered two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out two batters.
Harrisburg also out-hit Pilot Grove 7-4, with Jonah Sanford and Ryan Freeman each collecting two hits. Austin Bruns finished the game with one hit and drove in one run while Brayden Hudson and Charles Strain each had one single.
For Pilot Grove, Bailey Quint, Luke Kollmeyer, Kealin Vinson and Dade Christy each had one single.
In the JV game, Pilot Grove defeated Harrisburg 10-1 in four innings.
The Tigers, 1-0-1 on the season, opened the game with three runs in the first and then sent three runs across in the second, three again in the third and one in the fourth. Harrisburg scored its only run of the ballgame in the bottom half of the third.
Starting pitcher Dade Christy picked up the win for Pilot Grove with five strikeouts in two innings. Gavin Shepherd and Lucas Fahrendorf each pitched one inning in relief.
Pilot Grove also out-hit Harrisburg 6-0, with Bailey Quint going 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Dade Christy doubled and drove in two runs while Luke Kollmeyer and Dalton Reuter each had one single.