Panthers roll past defending EWC champs

JUSTIN PICARD of Plymouth drills a single in the second inning of Monday’s EWC baseball game against Kewaskum. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley JUSTIN PICARD of Plymouth drills a single in the second inning of Monday’s EWC baseball game against Kewaskum. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – A 14-hit attack and strong relief pitching ignited the Plymouth Panthers’ 11-3 romp over Kewaskum in an Eastern Wisconsin Conference baseball game Monday evening at the PHS diamond.

The Panthers hiked their firstplace EWC record to 11-0 (14-2 overall). PHS stretched its winning streak to 14. The Indians, the defending league champions, dropped to 4-4 in the EWC (4-8 overall).

PHS, which tied a season high for hits, had five players with two hits each – Clay Henning, Jake Richards, Zac Cain, Luke Hojnacki and Justin Picard. Cain had a team-high four RBIs, followed by Luke Held and Tyler Willeford with two apiece.

Richards and Held combined for 5-2/3 scoreless innings in relief. Richards came on in the second and posted the win – allowing four hits and two walks to go with four strikeouts. Held finished up as he threw two frames and walked three, surrendered no hits and fanned one.

After Kewaskum scored three runs in the top of the second to knot the game, 3-3, the Panthers tallied eight unanswered runs to break the game open. PHS scored four runs in the third, keyed by Cain’s two-run double and Picard’s RBI single.

PHS tacked on three runs in the fifth on Held’s two-run single and Cain’s RBI base hit.

The Panthers took a 3-0 lead in the first on a two-run single by Willeford and a sacrifice fly by Matt Rhude. PHS went up 4-3 in the second when Cain hit a sacrifice fly.

“Mentally and physically, this was a good game,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“We got hits out of eight spots in the lineup which we were looking for. We had good balance [in the lineup]. We were aggressive at the plate.

“Jake did a magnificent job in relief. He threw strikes, got ahead in the count and kept the ball down,” said coach Cain.

“Our defense was strong [committing zero errors].”

Henning and Richards led PHS in runs with three apiece. Henning also had a team-best two steals.

Matt Ringwell paced the Indians in hits with two.

Mike Holt was the starting and losing pitcher for Kewaskum. Holt pitched only 1-1/3 innings and allowed four runs (all earned) on four hits with three walks and one strikeout.



Score by Innings
Kewaskum............030 000 0 – 3 6 1
Plymouth..............314 030 x – 11 14 0
Mike Holt, Zach Hedlund (2), Jake
Hardy (3) and Ethan Vetter, Dean
Schlice (5); Matt Rhude, Jake Richards
(2), Luke Held (6) and Held, Cole Karczewksi (6). W – Richards. L – Holt. 2Bs
– Kewaskum, Hardy, Matt Ringwell;
Plymouth, Zac Cain, Rhude.

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