The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers softball team added another conference win to its belt Friday night by beating the Madison Lady Panthers by a score of 10-2.
The Lady Tigers, 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the CAC, led Madison 4-0 after the first-three innings before adding two more in the fifth and four in the seventh.
Pilot Grove also out-hit the Lady Panthers 11-3.
Pilot Grove coach Neal Bailey said it was good to get the win over a pretty solid Madison team after dropping two straight games to Salisbury and Rock Bridge.
“We were able to jump up early and keep the lead the entire game,” Bailey said. “The middle innings we let down a little, allowing Madison to put up a couple runs, but the temporary subsidence in focus and execution largely falls on me. That will be something we’ll work on and make adjustments as we move forward. We played well, but we can play better. We have yet to be as consistent as I expect and we have the potential to be.”
Samarah Bailey picked up the win in the circle for Pilot Grove, improving her record to 3-2 on the season. In seven innings, Bailey struck out 15 batters and gave up just two runs on three hits and two walks.
Bailey was also perfect at the plate for the Lady Tigers with four singles and three RBIs. Marissa Day had three singles and four RBIs while Emily Schupp added two singles, Melanie Wolfe with one double, Reagan McFatrich with one single and Celine Dodson with one RBI.
In the game last Thursday against Rock Bridge, which resulted in a 10-0 loss, Bailey said the Lady Bruins just hit the ball better than the Lady Tigers.
“They played better defense than we did,” Bailey said. “They are good.”
Samarah Bailey took the loss for Pilot Grove by giving up four runs (two earned) on two hits and three walks in 2/3 inning. Melanie Wolfe then came in and pitched 3 2/3 innings in relief and allowed six runs (two earned) on eight hits and one walk while striking out two.
Rock Bridge also out-hit Pilot Grove 10-2. Collecting the only two hits in the game for the Lady Tigers were Samarah Bailey with a double and Melanie Wolfe with one single.