The Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team did everything right, according to head coach Evan Oswald, while beating the Jamestown Eagles 6-3 in the semifinal round of the Class 1 District 10 Tournament Tuesday night in St. Elizabeth.
The Tigers, 13-5 on the season, will play top-seeded St. Elizabeth tonight in the championship game starting at 6 p.m. The winner will advance to the sectional round of the state tournament on Monday, May 20th.
Pilot Grove coach Evan Oswald said the Tigers played an outstanding game.
“Every facet of our game was remarkable,” Oswald said. “Cole Meisenheimer continues to have incredible efficiency on the mound. He pounded the zone all night and we made all the plays behind him. We had quality at bats all night. Jamestown snatched the momentum once the third inning ended. However, we got production throughout the lineup and came up with some big hits in the later innings. I am extremely proud of the kids. We were tested, but stuck together and came up with the big W. We have practiced and played all year to have a chance to play for a district championship. That day has finally come and we are going to give it our best shot. Even though we are playing an extremely tough opponent, I’ll roll the dice with my guys.”
The Tigers were rolling the dice early on after pushing across one run in the first and two again in the third to lead Jamestown 3-0. However, in the bottom half of the third, the Eagles rallied back with three runs to tie the game at 3-all. Meanwhile, after a scoreless fourth inning, Pilot Grove came back and tacked on two more runs in the fifth and one again in the seventh for the victory.
Cole Meisenheimer picked up the win for Pilot Grove-his sixth of the season in seven ballgames. In seven innings, Meisenheimer struck out 11 batters and gave up three runs on four hits and three walks. Oerly took the loss for Jamestown by giving up six runs on 12 hits and three walks. He also struck out six batters.
As for the hitting by Pilot Grove, Bailey Quint continues to tear the cover off the ball while finishing 3-for-3 with three doubles. Meisenheimer also had three hits and one RBI while Kealin Vinson added a double. Hayden Krumm had one single and two RBIs while Luke Kollmeyer and Dalton Reuter added one single and one RBI each and Bo Vinson and Dade Christy each with one single.
Oerly went 2-for-2 to lead all hitters for Jamestown.
Meisenheimer leads 11 hit attack in 17-2 win over Newburg
The Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team moved one step closer to the championship in the Class 1 District 10 Tournament Monday night after beating Newburg 17-2 in three innings at St. Elizabeth.
The Tigers, improving to 12-5 on the season, will play Jamestown tonight in the semifinal round starting at 5 p.m.
In the only other game on Monday, No. 5 Bunceton defeated Prairie Home 9-1. The Dragons will play top-seeded St. Elizabeth in the second semifinal starting at 7 p.m.
Pilot Grove coach Evan Oswald said he actually wanted the three seed for this tournament. “I wanted the kids to get familiar with the environment and get some extra offensive confidence going into the semifinals,” Oswald said. “We really hit the ball well tonight. I’m hoping that spills over into the game versus Jamestown. Luke Kollmeyer did exactly what we needed him to do on the mound tonight. He threw strikes and we made some plays behind him as well. The Jamestown matchup should be a fun and exciting one. We know what to expect from them, as do they in regards to us. If we stay engaged every pitch and make some plays we will give ourselves a great chance to play for the championship on Wednesday.”
Aside from the one run in the top half of the first by Newburg, the Tigers led from that point on while pushing across three in the bottom half of the inning, 13 in the second and one in the third to win by the mercy rule.
As for the pitching, Luke Kollmeyer picked up the win by giving up two runs on two walks in 2 2/3 innings. He also struck out three batters. Bo Vinson then came in and was perfect for 1/3 inning in relief.
Jared Lott took the loss for Newburg by giving up 16 runs on nine hits and five walks in 1 1/3 innings. Lott also struck out three batters.
As for the hitting in the game for Pilot Grove, Cole Meisenheimer went 3-for-4 with two singles, one double and four RBIs. Bailey Quint finished the game with a double, triple and two RBIs while Hayden Krumm had two doubles and three runs batted in. Dade Christy was 2-for-2 with two singles and two RBIs while Luke Kollmeyer added one double and three RBIs, Kealin Vinson with one single and Bo Vinson with one RBI.
Newburg had no hits in the game.