Panthers rout Falls in EWC showdown

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


JUSTIN PICARD of Plymouth dives back to first in time as Sheboygan Falls first baseman Jacob Brading takes the pickoff throw from the pitcher in Tuesday’s baseball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley JUSTIN PICARD of Plymouth dives back to first in time as Sheboygan Falls first baseman Jacob Brading takes the pickoff throw from the pitcher in Tuesday’s baseball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH — An impressive team effort sparked the Plymouth Panthers to a 12-4 trouncing of the Sheboygan Falls Falcons in an early-season showdown here Tuesday evening in Eastern Wisconsin Conference baseball.

PHS and Falls figure to contend for the EWC title. The Panthers are the defending league champions and the Falcons were state qualifiers last season. PHS improved to 2-0 in the EWC (4-1 overall) and Falls dropped to 1-1 (3-2 overall).

“I was pleased with our overall performance. This is a good win for us. Our effort was good,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“Offensively, we had some real good at-bats. We had good twostrike hits. Clay Henning did a good job in the leadoff spot.”


LUKE HOJNACKI of Plymouth belts a two-run double in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s baseball game against Sheboygan Falls. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley LUKE HOJNACKI of Plymouth belts a two-run double in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s baseball game against Sheboygan Falls. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley Henning, a senior shortstop, ignited the PHS attack with three hits. Tyler Willeford had a teamhigh three RBIs and Luke Hojnacki contributed two. Matt Olig led in runs with three.

Joe Van Engen paced Falls in hits with two, including an RBI single.

Junior lefty Zac Cain allowed only two hits in five innings as he picked up the win. Cain gave up two runs (one earned) and three walks while striking out six.

“Zac worked hard in keeping the ball down. He made them put the ball in play,” said coach Cain.

“Drew Schweiger pitched well [in relief].”

Schweiger allowed two runs (both unearned) on three hits with one walk and zero strikeouts in two frames.

Nick Peterson was the starting and losing pitcher for Falls. He gave up six runs (three earned) on three hits with three walks and strikeouts each in three innings.

The Panthers broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the third which gave them a 6-0 lead. Two Falcon errors resulted in three runs. Luke Held had an RBI single and Willeford knocked in a run with a groundout.

The outburst was capped off when two runs scored on a dropped fly ball by the right fielder for a twobase error off the bat of Hojnacki.

Hojnacki’s two-run double ignited a four-run sixth which gave PHS a 12-3 lead.

SHEBOYGAN FALLS 4

PLYMOUTH 12

Score by Innings
Sheboygan Falls..000 111 1 – 4 5 4
Plymouth..............015 204 x – 12 10 1
Nick Peterson, Austin Elsing (4) and
Ross Krist; Zac Cain, Drew Schweiger
(6) and Cole Karczewski. W – Cain. L
– Peterson.


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