The Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team closed out the regular season on a positive note Tuesday night by beating the Fayette Falcons in a pitcher’s duel by a score of 2-1.
The Tigers, who open Monday in the Class 1 District 10 Tournament in St. Elizabeth against Newburg, finished the regular season at 11-5 overall.
“It was a great way to end our regular season,” said Pilot Grove coach Evan Oswald. “It was another spectacular pitching performance by Cole Meisenheimer. He was efficient all night and our defense made some really good plays behind him. Our pitching continues to dominate and our defense is starting to make all the plays that present themselves. We didn’t strike out nearly as much last night but we didn’t really hit the ball all that well either. This has been our DNA all year though. Pitch and defend very well, but struggle offensively. We will get back into the batting cages and put in the work. We feel good going into districts. We just need to find ways to produce extra runs for our pitching staff.”
The Tigers definitely found a way against the Falcons. After both teams plated one run in the first inning, Pilot Grove came back and scored what turned out to be the winning run in the top half of the second.
Junior pitcher Cole Meisenheimer also picked up his fifth win in six games for the Tigers. While picking up the complete-game victory, Meisenheimer also struck out 11 batters and gave up just one run on six hits to lower his ERA to a balmy 1.344.
Cale Polson took the loss for Fayette by giving up two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three batters in seven innings.
 As for the hitting in the game for Pilot Grove, Bo Vinson and Luke Kollmeyer each had two singles and one RBI while Meisenheimer and Gavin Shepherd added one single each.
For Fayette, Cameron Stornello had two hits while Matthew Frerking finished the game with a double and one RBI. Grant Himmelmann, Cale Polson and Vince Roberts each had one single.
In the JV game, Pilot Grove defeated Fayette 3-1 in three innings.
Luke Kollmeyer picked up the win for the Tigers by giving up just one run on two hits and one walk in two innings pitched. Kollmeyer also struck out three batters. Dade Christy then came in and closed out the game with a perfect inning in the third.
Bo Vinson doubled and drove in one run for Pilot Grove while Dade Christy had one single and one RBI and Bailey Quint with one single.