Pilot Grove picks up sweep against Sturgeon
The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers softball team picked up its second win of the season by beating the Sturgeon Bulldogs 18-3 Tuesday night in Sturgeon.
The Lady Tigers, 2-7 overall, scored in every inning against Sturgeon and recorded its highest run total of the season under head coach George Monk. Pilot Grove plated one run in each of the first and second innings of play, two again in the third, six in the fourth and eight in the fifth to win by the mercy rule. Sturgeon scored one in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Monk said the girls played like they needed to against Sturgeon. “We were favored in the game and we made sure that we lived up to that prediction,” Monk said. “Our first innings we put enough pressure on them to get the lead. Marci (Lammers) was pitching well and we felt it was just a matter of staying patient at the plate. Offensively, we were led again by Kaitlyn Maggard and Grace Peterson. Defensively, we did a better job but we still need to work on fundaments, but I can feel a change.”
While picking up the win in the circle for Pilot Grove, Lammers struck out six batters and gave up three runs on six hits and four walks in five innings. VanLandingham took the loss for Sturgeon.
Pilot Grove also out-hit Sturgeon 18-6, with Peterson having a breakout game with five hits-one being a double and two RBIs. Claire Rentel also had a big night offensively with four singles and two RBIs. Maggard finished the game with three hits with a double, triple, grand slam home run and seven RBIs. Kendall Rhorer added two singles, while Ava Hoff had one single and two RBIs, and Lammers with one single and one RBI. Grace Phillips and Elaina Wirths each had one RBI.
For Sturgeon, Stone, Bailey, Thomas, Martin, Brooks and Harris each had one hit.
Pilot Grove (BB) 7, Sturgeon 4
Connor Rhorer went 3-for-4 with one single, two doubles and two RBIs, and Bo Vinson added a single, double and three RBIs to lead Pilot Grove past Sturgeon in CAC action Tuesday night at Sturgeon.
The Tigers, 5-1 on the season, trailed Sturgeon 3-2 after one inning but rallied back with four in the second and one in the fifth. Sturgeon scored its only other run in the sixth.
Pilot Grove coach Joe Vossler said Sturgeon always has pitched. “We knew we would see some strikes,” Vossler said. “Their defense had a few miscues, and we took advantage of the opportunity,” Vossler said. “They scored some runs on some misplays by us, but I was pleased with our ability to answer back with runs of our own. For the most part, we kept momentum on our side, and that was due in large part to our pitching and defense.”
Dade Christy picked up the win on the mound for Pilot Grove, while Ben Doss took the loss for Sturgeon. Christy started the game and pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two batters. Levi Jeffries pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief and record seven strikeouts, while Rhorer pitched one inning and struck out two.
In addition to the hitting by Rhorer and Vinson, Christy and Hank Zeller each had two singles in the game along with one single and one RBI by Hayden Sleeper and one single by Jeffries.
Doss had a single and a double to lead all hitters for Sturgeon.
New Franklin (BB) 13, Prairie Home 1
The New Franklin baseball team scored nine runs in the first-two innings and never looked back, beating the Prairie Home with Bunceton baseball team 13-1 in five innings Tuesday night in Prairie Home.
The Bulldogs, 4-3 on the season, also plated one in the third and three in the fourth to win by the mercy rule while banging out 12 hits compared to just four for the Panthers.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said Tanner Bishop did a great job and the infield defense was clean. “Our approach offensively was pretty good tonight,” Gerding said. “Good job base running. Just an overall good effort tonight. We’ve got to keep working and getting better.”
In picking up the win on the mound for New Franklin, Bishop struck out five batters and gave up just one run on four hits in five innings. Landon Case took the loss for Prairie Home by giving up 13 runs on 12 hits and one walk while striking out two batters. Pitts, meanwhile, pitched one inning in relief with one strikeout.
Clayton Wilmsmeyer led the hitting attack in the game for New Franklin with two triples and two RBIs. Owen Armentrout finished the game with a single, double and three RBIs, while Jake Marshall added a single, double and two RBIs, Caleb Hull with two singles, Drew Rhorer with one single and two RBIs, and Keaton Eads, Tanner Bishop and Connor Wilmsmeyer each with one single and one RBI.
For Prairie Home, Pearcy and Kendrick each doubles while Brandes and Lock finished the game with one single each. Lock also drove in Prairie Home’s only run.
Fayette (SB) 11, New Franklin 5
Fayette rode the arm of pitcher Jordyn Ball and bat of P. Sunderland to beat the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs softball team Tuesday night in New Franklin.
The Lady Bulldogs, who dropped to 5-6 on the season, battled Fayette throughout the game and trailed only 1-0 after two and 3-0 after three before surrendering four more runs in the fourth, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh to suffer the loss. New Franklin scored its only runs of the ball game in the final-two innings with one in the sixth and four in the seventh.
New Franklin coach Ross Dowell said the Lady Bulldogs went up against a very good opponent. “We had some lapses on defense that led to some runs, which we can’t do against a really good team,” Dowell said. “We never quit and were able to plate a few runs later in the game. Hopefully, we learned a few lessons and can keep growing.”
Ball struck out eight batters and walked just one in four innings. S. Sunderland pitched three innings in relief and allowed five runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three batters. For New Franklin, Sophia Held took the loss and issued 11 runs on 13 hits and two walks.
Fayette also out-hit New Franklin 13-5, with P. Sunderland going 3-for-5 with three singles and one RBI. Newell, Ball, S. Sunderland and Lawson each had two hits.
For New Franklin, Abby Maupin went 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI. Carly Dorson added one double and one RBI, while Brooklyn Brown and Kelsi Fair added one single each.