Rentel picks up the win on the mound; Meisenheimer homers
The Pilot Grove Tigers baseball team picked up its first win of the season by beating the Madison Panthers in CAC action Friday night at Madison 3-2.
The Tigers, 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference, opened the game with two runs in the first and one again in the fourth to lead Madison 3-0 but then surrendered two runs in the sixth and then had to hold on.
Pilot Grove coach Dillon Yung said he was really happy the guys bounced back for the win. “I thought we got a great pitching performance again from Brady Rentel with 14 strikeouts in six innings, and Cole Meisenheimer did a great job coming in for the save,” Yung said. “Offensively, we struggled. We need to cut down on the strikeouts, but our guys set the tone early with a two-run, two out rally in the first and a big home run from Cole in the fourth. I told the guys it’s always tough going on the road to play no matter where it’s at, especially on a day off from school, but really pleased with the effort and it’s always nice to get that first win out of the way.”
Rentel pitched the first-six innings for the Tigers and struck out 14 batters while giving up just two runs on three hits and three walks. Meisenheimer then came in and pitched one inning in relief and recorded three strikeouts.
Meisenheimer also had a big night at the plate for Pilot Grove, going 2-for-2 with a single, home run and one RBI. Rentel also had two hits, both of which went for singles, while Austin Kollmeyer added one single and one RBI.
Madison was led by Jimmy Layton with one triple and two RBIs.