Three-run wild pitch sparks Panther win

by Craig Hoffman Tri-County News


ZAC CAIN went the distance for Plymouth to pick up the complete game win Friday at New Holstein. - Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News ZAC CAIN went the distance for Plymouth to pick up the complete game win Friday at New Holstein. - Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News Twice this season New Holstein has had Eastern Wisconsin Conference baseball leader Plymouth on the ropes. However, both times it was the Panthers landing the knockout punch.

Last Friday at New Holstein, it was a bizarre play that turned the tide in Plymouth’s come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the Huskies.

Leading 2-1 heading to the guest half of the sixth, NH reliever Josh Burg got PHS’ Drew Schweiger to strike out and Jake Steinhardt to fly out leaving the Huskies just four outs away from their biggest win of the season.

Things unraveled quickly.

Jack Sackett started a Panther rally with a 2-out base hit. Pinch hitter T.J. Moegenburg followed with another base knock. When Tyler Willeford walked, the bases were now loaded.


PANTHER CATCHER Tyler Willeford attempts to pick off a New Holstein runner at first base during Friday’s EWC baseball win. - Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News PANTHER CATCHER Tyler Willeford attempts to pick off a New Holstein runner at first base during Friday’s EWC baseball win. - Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News Another free pass, this time to Zack Gambrell, brought home Sack- ett to tie the game at 2-all and leading hitter Zac Cain coming to the plate when the bizarre play happened.

Burg’s pitch to Cain eluded NH catcher Nolan Beirne to the backstop bringing Moegenburg home with the go-ahead run for PHS.

Own worst enemies

To add to the NH difficulties, Beirne lost sight of the ball allowing Willeford to score from second and Gambrell, all the way from first. One wild pitch – three Panther runs.

“No doubt. The wind came out of our sails on that play,” said an upbeat, yet disappointed Husky coach Scot Neu.

“It’s been one bad inning where we shoot ourselves in the foot. Same thing at their place. We were tied until the fifth and gave Plymouth the big inning.”

Neu was referring to the Panthers’ June 12, 4-2 win at PHS.

The Huskies had one last chance.

In the seventh, Trent Winkel singled with one out. Two batters later and with two out, Justin Weber reached on a Panther error but Winkel was thrown out trying to reach third. It was the final out of the game.

Panther coach Butch Cain was relieved and praised his team.

“New Holstein has played us tough. But it’s the sign of a good team when they overcome adversity and our guys answered the challenge with good at bats and heads up base running in the sixth.”

Ace hurler Zac Cain had another solid outing on the mound for Plymouth, now 10-0 in the EWC and 14-2 overall. Cain scattered six hits, but struck out seven Huskies and walked just one.

Burg took the loss for NH in relief of starter Owen Olson, who stopped Plymouth on just three hits through five innings. The Huskies fell to 4-6 in the EWC and 6-9 overall.


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