Panthers squeeze out key EWC win


TYLER WILLEFORD (above) of Plymouth dives back to first in time as Sheboygan Falls first baseman Jacob Meyer gloves a pickoff throw from pitcher Ryan Halverson in Friday’s baseball game. Clay Henning (left), Plymouth shortstop, fires the ball to first base to retire a Sheboygan Falls batter on a grounder in Friday’s baseball game. — Review photos by Greg Ceilley TYLER WILLEFORD (above) of Plymouth dives back to first in time as Sheboygan Falls first baseman Jacob Meyer gloves a pickoff throw from pitcher Ryan Halverson in Friday’s baseball game. Clay Henning (left), Plymouth shortstop, fires the ball to first base to retire a Sheboygan Falls batter on a grounder in Friday’s baseball game. — Review photos by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Eric Leinen’s suicide-squeeze bunt scored Tyler Willeford with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Plymouth Panthers edged Sheboygan Falls, 2-1, in battle of county arch-rivals here Friday evening.

It was a crucial win for the Panthers in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference baseball race. PHS improved its first-place EWC record to 10-0 (13-2 overall) and made it 13 straight wins.

The Falcons, expected to challenge for the league title, dropped to 6-4 in the EWC (8-6 overall) and four games behind PHS. Falls lost all three of its conference meetings with Plymouth this season.

The game was tied 1-1 heading into the last of the seventh. Tyler Willeford hit an infield single with one out and stole second base. The Falcon catcher made an errant throw on the steal which allowed Willeford to advance to third.

Matt Rhude and Luke Hojnacki received back-toback intentional walks to load the bases. Leinen followed with his bunt which brought home Willeford. Leinen was credited with a sacrifice and an RBI.

“It was a great game. It was a good team victory. The kids believed in one another,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“It was perfect execution by Eric [on the bunt]. I’m proud of him. Tyler got a good jump on the bunt.”

The Falcons grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. Nate Heili reached first on an infield error with two away and later scored on Jacob Meyer’s single.

PHS tied the game in the second. Luke Held led off with a single and was lifted for courtesy runner Justin Picard. Willeford hit into a fielder’s choice with Picard being forced out at second.

Willeford stole second and took third on Rhude’s groundout. Willeford scored on a passed ball.

Both teams featured strong pitching. Falcon senior Ryan Halverson twirled a three-hitter but took the loss. Halverson allowed one earned run and three walks to go with one strikeout.

Zac Cain earned the win in relief of starter Ryan Schieble. Cain pitched a scoreless seventh and escaped a jam after allowing two singles. He recorded one strikeout and walked none.

Schieble was sharp in his six-inning stint. The senior surrendered one unearned run on five hits with six strikeouts and only one walk.

“The pitchers were pretty solid on both sides, and the defenses were good,” coach Cain noted.

“Ryan was around the corners and he kept the ball down. Halverson did a nice job. His change of pace was good.

“There was good hustle by Tyler,” the coach added.

Willeford led the Panthers in steals with two.

Mike Raeder of Falls collected a game-high two hits.

SHEBOYGAN FALLS 1

PLYMOUTH 2

Score by Innings
Sheboygan Falls.....100 000 0 – 1 7 1
Plymouth..................010 000 1 – 2 3 1
Ryan Halverson and Eric Burgard;
Ryan Schieble, Zac Cain (7) and Luke
Held. W – Cain. L – Halverson.


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