Panthers begin defense of EWC title strong

CAMPBELLSPORT – The Plymouth Panthers played a strong overall game as they rolled past Campbellsport, 9-1, here Monday evening in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference baseball opener for both teams.

PHS, the two-time defending EWC champion, raised its overall record to 4-0. The Panthers’ nonconference games versus the Waukesha West and South teams Saturday in Waukesha were rained out.

Senior right-handed starter Zac Cain pitched five scoreless innings and allowed only one hit en route to the win. Cain recorded seven strikeouts and walked two. Cole Karczewski finished up and gave up one earned run on three hits with one walk, three strikeouts and one hit batter in two frames.

Tyler Willeford, Zach Gambrell and Karczewski keyed the Panthers’ bats with two hits each. Willeford and Jake Steinhardt had a team-high two RBIs apiece. Karczewski led in runs with two.

“Campbellsport is always a tough place to play at, and to get a solid victory was good for us. Hopefully this is the start of something special for these guys,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“We had some timely hitting and took advantage of some of the walks. Our defense was pretty solid.”

The Panthers committed one error which is the first this season,

“Zac pounded the strike zone pretty well and the defense made the plays behind him. Tyler did a good job behind the dish [at catcher]. We ran the bases hard and our communication was solid,” said coach Cain.

The Cougars (2-1 overall) scored their run in the bottom of the sixth on Austin Moore’s single which drove in Austin Narges who had tripled.

The losing pitcher was starter Jordan Dreikosen who surrendered five runs (all earned) on five hits with four walks, 10 strikeouts and one hit batter in five innings. Cougar pitching gave up eight hits and walked seven.

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