Panthers end regular season with a bang

DREW SCHWEIGER of Plymouth winds up for a pitch to a Brookfield East batter in Monday’s baseball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley DREW SCHWEIGER of Plymouth winds up for a pitch to a Brookfield East batter in Monday’s baseball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley BROOKFIELD – The Plymouth Panthers ended their impressive regular season with an 11-0 thumping of Brookfield East in a nonconference baseball game here Monday evening.

PHS finished 25-4 and ran its winning streak to nine. The Spartans closed out their regular season at 8-19.

The Panthers is a No. 1 regional seed and earned a first-round bye. PHS will face No. 9-seeded Oostburg in the finals Friday at Plymouth’s Loebe Field at 5:30 p.m. Oostburg defeated Kiel, 9-6, in eight innings in a first-round contest Tuesday night.

Senior Jake Richards was the winning pitcher as he started and allowed only one hit in his fiveinning stint. Richards walked one, hit a batter and struck out one.

“Jake did a nice job getting ready for the tournament [playoffs]. He pitched to contact and hit the corners well,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“Our defense played solid and we had timely hitting from a lot of hitters.”

The Panthers blew the game open with a seven-run explosion in the top of the seventh. The big hits were two-run singles by Alex Krueger and Jake Steinhardt.

PHS banged out 12 hits, led by Luke Hojnacki and Luke Held with two each. The RBI leaders with two apiece were Richards, Matt Olig, Krueger and Stein- hardt. Held led in runs with three.

The Eastern Wisconsin Conference champion Panthers will be striving to make a deep run in the playoffs. They were upset by Kewaskum in last year’s sectional semifinals which motivates them to perform well in this year’s postseason.

“This is the time to take it to the next level and our guys understand that. The guys achieved the conference championship the last two years but want more.

“We’ve played solid baseball all season. The guys believe in themselves and the team. We’ve had different guys contribute up and down the lineup at the plate, defense and pitching,” Cain said.

The PHS-Oostburg winner advances to the sectional tournament Monday at Loebe Field against the Howards Grove-New Holstein victor in a semifinal game at 12 p.m. The other semifinal is scheduled for 3 p.m., followed by the finals at 6 p.m. at Loebe Field.



Score by Innings
Plymouth..............010 300 7 – 11 12 0
Brookfield East....000 000 0 – 0 2 1
Jake Richards, Zac Cain (6), Drew
Schweiger (7) and Luke Held; Adam
Wessel, Nick Daniels (5), Joe Morris
(7) and Dan Magyar. W – Richards. L
– Wessel. 2B – Plymouth, Cain. 3Bs –
Plymouth, Held, Matt Olig.

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