The Pilot Grove baseball and softball teams picked up a sweep against a former ach-rival on Tuesday by beating the Jamestown Eagles by the scores of 5-2 and 18-8, respectively.
The Lady Tigers, improving to 3-8 on the season, Trailed Jamestown 7-0 after 1 1/2 before rallying back with nine runs in the bottom half of the second and four runs in each of the third and fourth innings of play for the victory.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said after a slow start at the plate Monday night against Russellville, the girls  broke out towards the middle of the game against Jamestown. “We came out with very timely hits and once we grabbed momentum we never looked back,” Skaggs said. “We have been talking about that game where we get down and fight back through adversity. Tonight was a big game for us to do that in as we went down 7-0. We face a tough team Thursday night with California as well as Friday night with Cairo. I believe we are up for the challenge, though.”
Abby Schupp picked up the win in the circle for Pilot Grove. In six innings, Schupp gave up eight runs on nine hits and five walks while striking out four.
Pilot Grove also out-hit Jamestown 14-9, with Marci Lammers going 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Natalie Rentel was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs while Kaitlyn Maggard added a single, triple and three RBIs, Grace Phillips with two singles and one RBI, Abby Schupp and Danae Lammers each with a single and two RBIs, Sydney Bell with one single and one RBI and Reagan McFatrich and Grace Peterson each with one RBI.
As for the Pilot Grove baseball team, they also had a battle on its hands while playing Jamestown to a 2-2 tie through 2 1/2 innings. The Tigers scored two runs in the bottom half of the third and one in the sixth for the victory.
Pilot Grove coach Evan Oswald said Luke Kollmeyer threw one heck of a game. “Jamestown is a good ball club and he was able to keep them off balance for the first six innings,” Oswald said. “Bo Vinson came in for the final inning and did exactly what we needed him to do. He pounded the strike zone and let his defense work behind him. We left a few offensive opportunities on the table, but we still managed to get our five runs. That’s our DNA. We seem to get five runs and then rely on our pitching to do the rest of the work. If we ever get our bats going, the way I know we are capable of, we will be one tough ball club in every aspect.”
Kollmeyer picked up the win for Pilot Grove, who improved to 6-3 on the season. Kollmeyer threw six innings and gave up two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four batters. Bo Vinson then came in and pitched one inning in relief.
Pilot Grove also finished the game with nine hits, with Kealin Vinson going 2-for-5 with two singles. Bailey Quint and Bo Vinson each had one single and one RBI while Cole Meisenheimer, Hayden Krumm, Luke Kollmeyer, Dalton Reuter and Dylan Schupp added one single each.
Sorrells and Lieser each had two hits in the game for Jamestown.
Monday, Sept. 23
Russellville 16, Pilot Grove 0
The Russellville Lady Indians softball team exploded for 16 runs in the fourth inning to beat Pilot Grove Monday night in Pilot Grove.
While suffering the loss against Russellville, head coach Derek Skaggs said defensively the Lady Tigers didn’t get many opportunities to make plays as they hit the ball around in the gaps. “Our pitching did a good job of throwing strikes in both the varsity and JV games,” Skaggs said. “Offensively, we have to bring out a more consistent average at the plate. We were held to just one hit and we’ve had games that show we are better than that. I look for us to have a better performance in our next game after shaking off some rust from a three-day weekend.”
Abby Schupp took the loss for Pilot Grove by giving up 16 runs-nine earned-on 15 hits and four walks in four innings.
Marci Lammers had the only hit in the game for the Lady Tigers, being a single.