Panthers off to strong start, go 2-0 in own tourney


ZAC CAIN, Plymouth senior, fires a pitch to an Ozaukee batter in Saturday’s Plymouth Baseball Invitational. Cain threw a not-hitter as the Panthers won, 6-0. – Submitted photo ZAC CAIN, Plymouth senior, fires a pitch to an Ozaukee batter in Saturday’s Plymouth Baseball Invitational. Cain threw a not-hitter as the Panthers won, 6-0. – Submitted photo PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers began their 2015 baseball season with a bang as they cruised to a pair of wins in Saturday’s Plymouth Invitational.

Senior Zac Cain fired a no-hitter as the Panthers defeated Ozaukee, 6-0, in their second game of the four-team tournament.

In game one, PHS hammered Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler, 25-0, in five innings (10-run rule). Senior Matt Olig threw four scoreless frames to earn the win, with TJ Moegenburg blanking the Crusaders in the fifth.

Cain racked up 11 strikeouts and walked only three. Jake Steinhardt led the PHS attack with two hits and also scored two runs.

Olig and Moegenburg combined on a one-hitter. Olig surrendered only one hit, fanned eight and walked two.


COLE MEYER of Plymouth (right) gears up for a pitch against Sheboygan Lutheran/ Kohler at Saturday’s Plymouth Baseball Invitational. Meyer had four RBIs in the game. – Submitted photo COLE MEYER of Plymouth (right) gears up for a pitch against Sheboygan Lutheran/ Kohler at Saturday’s Plymouth Baseball Invitational. Meyer had four RBIs in the game. – Submitted photo Cain, Drew Schweiger and Cole Meyer spearheaded the Panthers’ offense against the Crusaders. Cain had a huge game with a team-high four hits, four RBIs and five runs scored.

Schweiger and Meyer also had four RBIs each. Schweiger cracked three hits and Olig contributed four runs.

“The team came ready to play executed well,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain about his team’s play in the tourney.

“Our pitchers pounded the zone and hit their spots effectively. Our defense was error-free on the day and our communication was consistent throughout.

“We were aggressive on pitches in the zone and we made solid contact with two strikes as well. We ran the bases hard and swiped five bases in game two, with Jack Sacket collecting two, said coach Cain.

Kiel defeated Ozaukee and Lutheran/Kohler in the other two games. Place-winners weren’t decided.

“We came away encouraged and believe we again will have a number of guys who will play key roles for us this season,” said the veteran PHS coach.

“We are excited about the team’s potential but many of our guys will have to take the next step in order to make up for the loss of last year’s outstanding class of seniors who gave us so much leadership, experience and talent,” said the coach.

The Panthers lost five starters to graduation off last year’s state tournament and Eastern Wisconsin Conference championship team.


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