Panthers swing hot bats in rout


CLAY HENNING (above) of Plymouth dives back safely to first as Elkhart Lake first baseman A.J. Klemme takes the pickoff throw from pitcher Derek Weiss in Monday’s baseball game. —Photo by Mike McGill CLAY HENNING (above) of Plymouth dives back safely to first as Elkhart Lake first baseman A.J. Klemme takes the pickoff throw from pitcher Derek Weiss in Monday’s baseball game. —Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – Plymouth pounded out a season-high 17 hits en route to a 21-0 thumping of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah in nonconference baseball action here Monday night.

The Panthers upped their record to 21-3. PHS is scheduled to make up an Eastern Wisconsin Conference game Friday at Campbellsport at 5:30 p.m. The Resorters dropped to 0-19.

Plymouth took command of the game early, building a 7-0 lead after two innings. The Panthers scored twice in the top of the first. Luke Hojnacki doubled with one out and scored on Zac Cain’s single. Tyler Willeford’s fielder’s choice brought home Cain.

The Panthers erupted for five runs in the second. Clay Henning whacked an RBI double and Luke Held and Tyler Willeford had run-scoring singles. Matt Rhude contributed an RBI on a fielder’s choice. The other run scored on an error.


Eric Leinen (below), Plymouth second baseman, makes a diving stop of a smash by Elkhart Lake’s Elliot Van Oss in Monday’s baseball game. Leinen’s throw to first was unable to retire Van Oss who was credited with a hit. — Photo by Todd Starnitcky Eric Leinen (below), Plymouth second baseman, makes a diving stop of a smash by Elkhart Lake’s Elliot Van Oss in Monday’s baseball game. Leinen’s throw to first was unable to retire Van Oss who was credited with a hit. — Photo by Todd Starnitcky PHS blew the game open with a nine-run explosion in the fourth to go up 16-0.

Willeford sparked the Panthers’ attack with four hits. Hojnacki collected three, followed by Cain and Held with two each. Willeford also had a teamhigh four RBIs. Held and Rhude chipped in with three apiece and Clay Henning and Cain had two each.

Hojnacki and Cain paced PHS in runs with four apiece, followed by Held with three.

Held and Henning combined on a two-hit shutout. Held, the starting pitcher, picked up the win and gave up two hits and two walks while striking out four in four innings. Henning pitched the fifth (10-run rule after five) and recorded two strikeouts.

The Resorters’ only hits were a single each by Elliot Van Oss and Danny Schneider in the first.

“We played really well up and down the lineup. Everyone contributed,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“Our pitching was solid. Both guys did a good job and located really well. The defense was solid. We hit the ball pretty hard.”

Elkhart pitching surrendered seven walks and three hit batters to go with one strikeout.

PLYMOUTH 21

ELKHART LAKE 0

Score by Innings
Plymouth...................250 95 – 21 17 0
Elkhart Lake..............000 00 – 0 2 4
Luke Held, Clay Henning (5) and
Cole Karczewski, Zac Cain (4); Derek
Weiss, Bailey Klug (4) and Elliot Van
Oss. W – Held. L – Weiss. 2Bs – Plymouth, Henning, Luke Hojnacki, Held,
Tyler Willeford.


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