Pilot Grove falls to Salisbury 17-0 in 5 innings

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News

The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers softball team ran into a buzzsaw Monday night at home, losing to the Salisbury Panthers 17-0 in five innings.

While the loss dropped Pilot Grove to 1-7 overall, head coach George Monk said it was not a good night for the home team against Salisbury. “In recent games we have been progressing to where I felt we were starting to be competitive,” Monk said. “Salisbury sent us back to the beginning. Nearly every aspect of our game was inverted. The tangibles were not executed and worse for us the intangible parts of the game were non-existent. We did not communicate well on several opportunities. Players were not executing assignments. We had a complete meltdown. Our hitting has been much improved over the last few games but tonight only Claire Rentel and Kaitlyn Maggard were able to put the ball in play. We have opportunities to correct our effort this week and I know they will work hard to regain what we have done and to make it even better.”

As for Salisbury, they looked to be clicking on all cylinders while scoring in every inning after pushing across two runs in each of the first-two innings, six again in the third, two in the fourth and five in the fifth.

Howard picked up the win in the circle for Salisbury, while Marci Lammers took the loss for Pilot Grove. Howard pitched all five innings and gave up just two hits with five strikeouts. Lammers, meanwhile, pitched five innings and allowed 17 runs on 15 hits and four walks while striking out eight batters.

Salisbury also out-hit Pilot Grove 15-2, with Kottman going 3-for-4 with two singles, one triple and four RBIs. Wales also had three hits and one RBI, while Wyatt, Howard and Stapleton added two hits each.

For Pilot Grove, Kaitlyn Maggard doubled while Claire Rentel singled.