Panthers wrap up crown, first to go unbeaten in EWC

CAMPBELLSPORT – Plymouth climaxed an impressive run during the Eastern Wisconsin Conference baseball season with a 20-2 rout over Campbellsport here Friday evening.

The Panthers finished 17-0-1 in the EWC as they won the school’s first outright league title since 1991. It’s believed to be the first time that a team has gone undefeated in EWC baseball play. Plymouth’s last conference crown was in 2004 when it was the co-champion with Kiel.

“This means a lot to the guys. It doesn’t happen very often,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain whose team improved to 22-3-1 overall. “It’s an outstanding achievement.

“Our goal at the beginning of the season was to win the conference and we never thought about going undefeated, so this exceeded our goal.”

The Panthers pounded out a season-high 18 hits, led by Clay Henning and Zac Cain with three each. Luke Held, Matt Rhude and Cole Karczewski contributed two apiece.

Plymouth’s RBI leaders were Henning, Tyler Willeford, Rhude, Karcxewski and Justin Picard with two each. Cain, Rhude and Ryan Schieble scored a team-high three runs apiece. Henning, Luke Hojnacki, Willeford and Karczewski added two each.

“Everyone contributed [on offense]. We had hits, runs and RBIs from every position in the lineup,” coach Cain said.

“This was a nice bounce-back win. We put everything together.”

The Panthers were coming off a disappointing 3-3 tie with New Holstein Wednesday.

PHS blew the game open early as it took a 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning, keyed by Picard’s two-run double. Cain cracked an RBI double and Rhude contributed a run-scoring single.

The Panthers added four runs in the second and had an eight-run outburst in the third to go up 18-0. The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Rhude earned a complete-game win. He surrendered two earned runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

“Matt had a real nice breaking ball and his location was good. He kept his pitches down,” the coach observed.

The losing hurler was starter Bennet Krueger who allowed 10 runs (eight earned) on eight hits with three walks and one strikeout in two innings. Cougar pitching allowed seven walks and two hit batters to go with two whiffs.

Dustin Salter had an RBI and a double for the Cougars who finished 6-12 in the EWC and dropped to 7-14 overall.



Score by Innings
Plymouth...................648 02 – 20 18 1
Campbellsport...........000 11 – 2 6 3
Matt Rhude and Luke Held; Bennet
Krueger, Cole Sippel (3), Taylor Ramthun (3) and Sean Mossberg, Krueger
(3). W – Rhude. L – Krueger. 2Bs –
Plymouth, Clay Henning 2, Zac Cain,
Tyler Willeford, Justin Picard; Campb_ ellsport, Dustin Salter.

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