Panthers earn second in Plymouth Youth Baseball Tournament


COOPER GOSSE, Plymouth Panther catcher, throws out a Howards Grove runner at first base on a bunt in an Under-11 Division game at the Plymouth Youth Baseball Tournament. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley COOPER GOSSE, Plymouth Panther catcher, throws out a Howards Grove runner at first base on a bunt in an Under-11 Division game at the Plymouth Youth Baseball Tournament. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers finished second in the 11-and-under Division of the Plymouth Classic Youth Baseball Tournament, held June 27-30.

The Panthers, coached by Ryan Reilly and Tony Miller, lost to the Random Lake Rams in the championship game, 10-4.

Plymouth advanced to the finals after winning the Black Pool with a 3-0 record. The Panthers defeated the Holyland Titans, 11-4; Sheboygan Diamonds, 4-3; and the Howards Grove Tigers, 10-0.

The U11 Division included a Plymouth Junior League team (nontraveling squad). It marked the first time the tourney included a local Junior League team. The squad, called the Plymouth Junior Panthers, consisted of fifth-grade boys who didn’t make this year’s traveling teams.

The Junior Panthers were added to the tourney in order to fill the eight spot in the division. The team, coached by Jeff Dessloch, Tim Torrison and Doug Sass, was 0-3 in the strong Orange Pool but gained valuable experience against traveling squads.

The Sheboygan Riverdawgs won the 12U Division with a 13-2 rout over the Junior T-Wolves from Jackson in the title game.

The Plymouth team, coached by Jeff Hill, posted a 2-1 record in the division but lost to the Riverdawgs, 11-1, after beating Kohler and the Plenco Eagles from Sheboygan.

The Franklin Sabers rolled past the Waupun Warriors, 14-3, in the 14U Division championship game. Both teams were 3-0 in pool play to advance to the finals.

The Plymouth 14U team, coached by Dennis Schweiger and Todd Kuhn, finished 1-2. Plymouth fell to the Sheboygan Breakers, 7-3; then battled back to defeat Fondy Red (Fond du Lac) before losing in extra innings to Waupun, 8-7. If Plymouth had defeated Waupun, it would have advanced to the medal round.

In the 13U Division, the Appleton Junior Patriots edged the Cedarburg Mercs, 5-4, in the title game. This 10-team division was considered the most competitive and strongest field to ever play in an age bracket in this tournament.

The Plymouth U13 squad, coached by Todd Struve, Miller and Tim Picard, played very well against tough competition. Plymouth fell shy of advancing to the medal round after losing its final game, 6-5, to the Wisconsin Rockhounds of Grafton.

“Even with two days of rainouts of the four-day weekend, the tournament was a huge success,” said Randy Meyer, tournament director.

“There were 32 teams, the largest four-division collection ever [in the tourney] from numerous communities in the surrounding 75-mile radius, and not one game was canceled.

“That is a something we can all be very proud of, as the 10-member PYAA [Plymouth Youth Athletic Association] Board, along with umpires, field groundskeepers and parent volunteers worked endless hours, and I thank every one of them,” said Meyer, the PYAA Plymouth Youth Baseball president.


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