The Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team won for the first time this season by beating the Prairie Home Panthers 10-3 Thursday night in Prairie Home.
The Tigers, improving to 1-1 on the season, trailed Prairie Home 2-1 after two before rallying with nine unanswered runs over the next-six innings. A seven-run seventh inning put the game out of reach.
Pilot Grove coach Evan Oswald said although it ended pretty lopsided, the game was a lot closer than the final outcome. “We started out a little sluggish offensively, but we really turned it on the end,” Oswald said. “Bailey Quint threw a great game to keep us in it. We just knew it was only a matter of time before our bats got going. After we tied the game, you could feel some of the pressure off our shoulders. The boys did a great job in the top of the seventh of producing seven runs. Really excited to see what this year has in store for the Tigers.”
Prairie Home coach Trever Huth said his team played a solid 3-4 innings against Pilot Grove. “Bailey Quint pitched a great game and kept our hitters off balance for most of the night. With six errors on the infield it could have been a lot worse actually, but the boys picked each other up and limited the damage every time, which was another great thing to see.”
Quint struck out eight batters and gave up just two runs on one hit and two walks in six innings for the win. Luke Kollmeyer pitched one inning in relief. Hunter Shuffield took the loss for Prairie Home, 1-1. Shuffield pitched five innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out four batters.
Pilot Grove also out-hit Prairie Home 12-3, with Cole Meisenheimer going 3-for-4 with one RBI. Dalton Reuter was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs while Kealin Vinson added a single, double and two RBIs, Luke Kollmeyer two singles and one RBI and Bailey  Quint, Hayden Krumm and Bo Vinson each with one single and one RBI.
For Prairie Home, Ty Stidham had two singles and three RBIs while Jason Burnett tallied one single.