Panthers rally late to edge Kewaskum

KEWASKUM – Cole Karczewski’s two-run double in the top of the seventh inning ignited the Plymouth Panthers’ 5-4 comeback win over host Kewaskum in Eastern Wisconsin Conference baseball action Tuesday evening.

The Panthers trailed 3-2 going into the seventh. Jack Sacket led off with a walk and Tyler Willeford followed with a single. One out later, Zac Cain was intentionally walked which loaded the bases.

Matt Olig then walked which forced in the tying run. Karczewski followed with his clutch hit which rocketed over the left fielder’s head and gave PHS a 5-3 lead.

The Indians scored a run in the bottom of the seventh on Devyn Villmer’s one-out single but Kewaskum left a runner at second base when the game ended.

The Panthers improved to 3-0 in the EWC (7-1 overall). The Indians dropped to 3-1 in league play (4-4 overall).

“Cole looked for his pitch and got a good swing on it. His hit was huge,” said PHS head coach Butch Cain about Karczewski’s game-winning double.

“It was a total team victory. We weren’t sharp but we kept fighting. The sign of a good team is to win even though you’re not sharp.”

The Panthers committed four errors which led to four unearned runs.

“Kewaskum hit the ball hard and found some holes, and we didn’t do well, defensively,” said coach Cain.

The coach thought both teams’ pitching was pretty solid. Matt Olig earned the win in relief and Zac Cain picked up a save.

Cain started on the mound and later relieved in the seventh. He threw five innings and allowed four earned runs on eight hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Olig went two innings and gave up no runs on three hits with one walk and a strikeout.

PHS pitching allowed only two walks while four Indian hurlers combined for five.

Cain and Tyler Willeford led PHS in hits with two each. Karczewski had a team-high two RBIs. Willeford led in runs with two.

Kewaskum’s top batters with two hits each were Michael Prochnow, Dean Schlice and Sam Schlosser.

“To win down there was huge. Kewaskm is always a tough place to play,” said coach Cain.

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