Strong start lifts Panthers over Kiel


TYLER WILLEFORD of Plymouth belts a triple in the second inning of Thursday’s EWC baseball game against Kiel. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley TYLER WILLEFORD of Plymouth belts a triple in the second inning of Thursday’s EWC baseball game against Kiel. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers grabbed a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning to key an 8-4 baseball win over Kiel Thursday evening at the PHS diamond.

PHS raised its first-place Eastern Wisconsin Conference record to 13-1 (17-4 overall). The Raiders slipped to 5-9 in the EWC (8- 14 overall).

The key hits for the Panthers in the first were Zach Gambrell’s RBI double, Cole Karczewski’s RBI single and Jake Steinhardt’s run-scoring single. The other run came home on a groundout by Drew Schweiger.

PHS went up 5-1 in the second on a sacrifice fly by Zac Cain which plated Tyler Willeford who had tripled. Kiel tallied three runs in the third to shave Plymouth’s advantage to 5-4.

The Panthers scored three insurance runs in the fifth to go up 8-4. Steinhardt and TJ Moegenburg cracked RBI singles and Willeford hit a sacrifice fly.


JAKE STEINHARDT of Plymouth drills an RBI single in the first inning of Thursday’s EWC baseball game against Kiel. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley JAKE STEINHARDT of Plymouth drills an RBI single in the first inning of Thursday’s EWC baseball game against Kiel. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley Steinhardt sparked the Panthers’ attack with three hits and two RBIs. Willeford scored a team-high two runs.

Drew Schweiger started on the mound and picked up the win. His younger brother, Derek, earned a save with three scoreless innings.

Drew gave up four earned runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in four innings. Derek allowed two hits and no walks while striking out three.

“Getting out to an early lead and being able to score after Kiel built a little momentum after the third inning were keys to us staying ahead,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“Derek came in and held them in check for us in the last three innings. Defense, pitching and some timely hitting again proved to be a difference for us.”

PHS committed only one error, compared with Kiel’s four.

The losing hurler was starter Trenton Nickel who lasted only one inning. Nickel surrendered four runs (three earned) on four hits with one walk and zero whiffs.

Nickel led the Raiders in hits with two. Austin Goehring contributed an RBI double.


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