Sacket’s homer sparks Panthers’ EWC win

by Craig Hoffman Tri-County News


ZACH GAMBRELL, Plymouth third baseman gets set to field a grounder in Tuesday’s EWC baseball game at Kiel. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri- County News ZACH GAMBRELL, Plymouth third baseman gets set to field a grounder in Tuesday’s EWC baseball game at Kiel. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri- County News PLYMOUTH – The top of the Plymouth batting order is full of offensive punch. On Tuesday evening it was the bottom of the Panther order that shined.

Nine-hole hitter Jack Sacket fell behind 0-2 in his count, fought back to even it at 2-2, and then drilled a Trent Nickel offering just over the left-field fence for a three-run home run. It was the key blow in Plymouth’s 5-0 Eastern Wisconsin Conference baseball victory over Kiel at PHS.

The Panthers hiked their firstplace EWC record to 7-0 (11-2 overall). The Raiders dropped to 4-5 in the league (6-8 overall).

As it turned out, both the Raiders and Panthers finished the game with four hits each. It was the Panthers that made the most use of theirs and were helped out by six Kiel errors.


DREW SCHWEIGER of Plymouth fires a pitch to a Kiel batter in Tuesday’s EWC baseball game. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News DREW SCHWEIGER of Plymouth fires a pitch to a Kiel batter in Tuesday’s EWC baseball game. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News Drew Schweiger led off the Panther second, getting hit by a Nickel pitch. He would move to second on a pickoff throw that went down the right-field line. Derek Schweiger then drew a walk before Sackett turned on a Nickel offering to put PHS up 3-0.

Kiel then went to reliever Jonathan Meyer, and Zac Cain greeted him with a leadoff single in the third. Cain later scored on a Drew Schweiger groundout to make it 4-0.

In the fourth, the Panthers plated their final run when Tyler Willeford smashed a one-out double. Zach Gambrell then reached base on a throwing error by the shortstop which advanced Willeford to third. Willeford scored when Cain’s grounder was mishandled.

Jake Steinhardt started on the bump for Plymouth and pitched three innings. He allowed just two hits and one walk, and struck out four before giving way to Drew Schweiger. Schweiger hurled the final four innings – giving up a pair of hits and three walks while striking out three. Schweiger got the victory.

“The Panther pitchers again did their job by making the Raiders put the ball in play and our defense made the plays that we needed them to make in order to get some quick innings,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“Jack Sacket was able to give us a great two-strike at-bat which resulted in his first varsity home run. We believe our offense will continue to come together as we look to put more runners on base in addition to providing extra run support in the games yet to unfold.”

Willeford had a game-high two hits. Sacket led in RBIs with three.

“The defense continues to get better at being where they need to be and we’re making good choices with the ball defensively,” said Cain.

“On offense we are putting the ball in play and making the opposition work.”

Nickel suffered the loss for Kiel – allowing three hits, three earned runs, three walks and one hit batter to go with one strikeout in his two innings of work.


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