Panther Classic Tourney a big hit


HUNTER KRAHN of the Plymouth 11-and-under team hits a single against Sheboygan Falls in the recent Panther Classic Baseball Tournament. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley HUNTER KRAHN of the Plymouth 11-and-under team hits a single against Sheboygan Falls in the recent Panther Classic Baseball Tournament. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The 2014 Plymouth Panther Classic Youth Baseball Tournament, held June 26-29, was a huge success as 32 teams competed in four age divisions.

Teams from throughout the state and even from Upper Michigan participated. The age divisions included 14 and under, !3-U, 12-U and 11-U. The Plymouth Youth Athletic Association hosted the event and had excellent help and cooperation from everyone who was involved in running the tourney.

Plymouth didn’t have any teams advance to the division finals but had a pair who placed second in their respective pools. In the 13-U bracket, Plymouth took second in the Orange Pool with a 2-1 record – defeating the Jackson Jr. T-Wolves (13-12) and the Waukesha Blazers (13-3) before losing to the De Pere Redbirds (18-3). Plymouth’s head coach was John Arnold.

The Redbirds won the Orange Pool with a 3-0 record. Escanaba, Mich., beat De Pere in the 13-U championship game, 12-6.

In the 12-U division, Plymouth Black earned second in the Black Pool with a 2-1 mark. The Black downed the Jackson Jr. T-Wolves (22- 1) and the Cedarburg Mercs (2-1), and lost to De Pere Green (9-3). The Black team’s Aiden Reilly hit a home run and preserved the win over Cedarburg on the mound. Ryan Reilly and Tony Miller coached the Black.

Plymouth Orange competed in the 12-U Orange Pool and was 0-3. The Orange competed well, losing two games by a combined three runs. De Pere Green, the Black Pool winner with a 3-0 record, lost to Orange Pool champion De Pere Blue in the finals, 5-2.

In the other division title games, the B.O.S.S White from Mequon outlasted Cedarburg, 9-8, in 14-U; and the De Pere Redbirds rallied past Manitowoc, 11-9, in 11-U. The Redbirds exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning to ignite the comeback.

Plymouth was very competitive in the tough 14-U bracket but finished 0-3 in its pool. On of the losses was to eventual champion B.O.S.S White, 11-6.

The Plymouth Panthers were 0-3 in the 11-U division but gave the eventual champion De Pere Redbirds a strong challenge before falling, 7-3.


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