Panthers pound TR, win streak to 12

¦ Fog forces suspension of second game with PHS up
by Matt Kraus Review Correspondent


JACK SACKET, Plymouth courtesy runner, dives back to first safely on a pickoff play as New Holstein first baseman Devon Johnson applies a late tag in Thursday’s baseball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley JACK SACKET, Plymouth courtesy runner, dives back to first safely on a pickoff play as New Holstein first baseman Devon Johnson applies a late tag in Thursday’s baseball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Fog was the only thing that could save the Two Rivers Purple Raider baseball team from the Plymouth Panthers’ onslaught Friday night at Loebe Field.

The scheduled doubleheader resulted in a 24-3 victory for the Panthers in the first game. The second game was suspended in the bottom of the third inning due to fog, with Plymouth leading by a score of 14-0.

The second game will continue from the point of suspension before Plymouth’s regularly scheduled game at Two Rivers on July 10. The suspended game will start at 5:30 p.m.

Prior to the suspension, Plymouth starting pitcher Luke Hojnacki faced the minimum of nine batters in three innings, with one strikeout.

The win in the opener hiked the Panthers’ firstplace Eastern Wisconsin Conference record to 10-0 (14-1 overall) and stretched their winning streak to 12.

Game one of the doubleheader saw the varsity pitching debut of freshman Jake Steinhardt. He pitched 4-2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits while walking three batters and striking out three in earning the win.

En route to a season-high 24 team hits, Luke Held and Matt Olig led the team with four hits each while Clay Henning, Hojnacki and Cole Meyer collected three hits apiece. Held and Hojnacki scored five and four runs, respectively, to pace the team.

Olig knocked in a team-high four runs, with Henning, Cole Meyer and Justin Picard contributing three RBIs each. The Panthers scored in every inning which is the team’s offensive goal.

Panther head coach Butch Cain said, “The team played with energy and enthusiasm from the start of the game. The Panthers played hard, hustled, communicated and stayed focused for the duration of the game.”

An undefeated conference season, to date, and a blow out win doesn’t seem to take focus away from the team desiring to improve. Cole Karczewski and Olig focused comments on the team.

Karczewski said, “We have great chemistry. We have played together for a long time and all get along.”

Olig said, “The lopsided game allows the younger, less-experienced players to play and gain confi- dence.”

TWO RIVERS
3

PLYMOUTH
24

Score by Innings

Two Rivers................000 03 3 4 5
P_l_y_m_o_u_t_h._.._.._.._..._.._.._7_(1_0_)2_ _ 5_x_ –_ 2_4_ _ 24_ _ 1


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