Panthers lose pitching battle; 18-game winning streak ends

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers and visiting Cedarburg battled for nine innings in a very well-played game, with the Bulldogs winning a pitcher’s duel, 1-0, in baseball action Saturday.

The loss ended an 18-game winning streak by the Panthers who slipped to 18-3. The Bulldogs, who play in the rugged North Shore Conference, improved to 13-4.

Charlie Glynn’s RBI single with two outs in the top of the ninth gave Cedarburg the win. Drake Daniels, who had doubled with one away, scored the game-winner.

Logan Coert earned a shutout as he scattered eight hits, walked none and struck out one. Coert faced only 32 batters which was five over the minimum.

“The pitching was wonderful and the defense was outstanding by both teams,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“Coert, a crafty lefty, was around the plate. He wasn’t overpowering but was effective. He bore down when he needed to.

“We weren’t able to string together any hits,” coach Cain said.

PHS junior Jake Richards also pitched very well. Richards started and threw seven scoreless innings before departing. He gave up four hits and three walks to go with three strikeouts.

Zac Cain took the loss in relief. He allowed one earned run on two hits with two walks and zero strikeouts in two frames.

“Jake pitched outstanding for seven innings. He kept the ball low and mixed his pitches well,” said the coach.

The Panthers failed to take advantage of three scoring threats.

In the first, Clay Henning laced a leadoff double but was left stranded at second.

In the second, Matt Rhude cracked a one-out double but was unable to advance any farther. In the sixth, Richards and Zac Cain hit back-to-back singles but were left stranded.

Both teams played errorless defense. PHS turned three double plays and the Bulldogs made two diving catches in the outfield.

“Luke Hojnacki did a great job at third base. Luke Held called a good game [at catcher] and orchestrated the defense well,” the coach pointed out.

Coach Cain thought sophomore Cole Karczewski filled in very well at second base for starter Eric Leinen who pulled a hamstring and was unable to finish the game. Leinen, a senior, is expected to return to action early next week.

The Panthers were scheduled to play at Campbellsport Tuesday, June 25 but the game was rained out. The Eastern Wisconsin Conference matchup has been rescheduled for July 5 at Campbellsport at 5:30 p.m.

CEDARBURG 1

PLYMOUTH 0

Score by Innings
Cedarburg...........000 000 001 – 1 6 0
Plymouth..............000 000 000 – 0 8 0
Logan Coert and Mike Woelky; Jake
Richards, Zac Cain (8) and Luke Held.
W – Coert. L – Cain. 2Bs – Cedarburg,
Drake Daniels; Plymouth, Clay Henn_ ing, Matt Rhude.


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