Lady Tigers drop conference opener against Community
Pilot Grove softball coach George Monk said Tuesday night’s 13-3 setback against Community was a tough loss-not so much the loss by how the Lady Tigers did it.
While falling to 0-6 on the season and 0-1 in the Central Activities Conference, Monk said again the girls hit fairly well although they could have had a couple more timelier hits to maybe make the score closer. “Our biggest disappointment is our defense,” Monk said. “We’ve had several games now that we have not played well on the field. We absolutely have to change our efforts on defense if we’re going to compete. This is the second game in a row that we’ve had seven errors. No matter how well we hit or pitch, if that is our defensive best we are not going to win. Offensively, we came out in the first inning and absolutely smoked the ball but Community was equal to the task and made some exceptional plays on defense. Kaitlyn Maggard and Kendall Rhorer had good at bats and led our team in hitting. Grace Peterson and Claire Rentel have been consistent in their hitting, also.”
Despite being out-hit 13-7 in the game, the Lady Tigers still managed to keep the game close while playing to a 3-3 tie after 2 ½ innings. Unfortunately for Pilot Grove, they were unable to manufacture anything after that as Community came back and reeled off 10 straight runs over the next-four innings to win by the run rule.
Sarah Angel picked up the win in the circle for Community, while Marci Lammers took the loss for Pilot Grove. Angel pitched four innings and gave up three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four batters. Lammers, meanwhile, pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed 13 runs on 13 hits and four walks with six strikeouts.
Olivia Shafer led all hitters in the game for Community with two singles and one double. Brooklyn Glasgow had three singles, while Sarah Angel, Alexis Welch and Shelby Clark added two singles each.
For Pilot Grove, Kendall Rhorer and Kaitlyn Maggard each had one single and one double. Grace Peterson, Claire Rentel and Ava Hoff had one single apiece.
Community also won the JV game 18-0 in three innings.
Rhorer took the loss for Pilot Grove by giving up seven runs on seven walks. Grace Phillips then came in and pitched three innings in relief and allowed 11 runs on 10 hits and four walks while striking out two batters.
Rhorer also had two hits in the game for the Lady Tigers with a single and a double. Cloey Tavenner and Kayla Lorenz each had one hit.