Panthers breeze to regional championship

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


TJ MOEGENBURG of Plymouth steals second base as Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler shortstop Brady Stefanczyk awaits the catcher’s throw in Friday’s regional baseball finals. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley TJ MOEGENBURG of Plymouth steals second base as Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler shortstop Brady Stefanczyk awaits the catcher’s throw in Friday’s regional baseball finals. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers played a complete game as they cruised to a 13-3 win over Sheboygan Lutheran in a regional baseball championship game Friday evening at the PHS diamond.

Plymouth’s attack was spearheaded by senior designated hitter Matt Olig who drove in five runs, had two hits and walked twice. The Panthers got solid pitching from starter Derek Schweiger and reliever Zac Cain, and the PHS defense was flawless.

The regional title is the No. 1-seeded Panthers’ third straight. PHS upped its record to 21-7. The Crusaders came in as the No. 9 seed.

“We played pretty well. Our discipline [at the plate] allowed us to get ahead early and we were able to keep the pressure on them,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.


DEREK SCHWEIGER, Plymouth sophomore (right), winds up for a pitch to a Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler batter in Friday’s regional baseball finals. Schweiger was the winning pitcher. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley DEREK SCHWEIGER, Plymouth sophomore (right), winds up for a pitch to a Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler batter in Friday’s regional baseball finals. Schweiger was the winning pitcher. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Panthers took advantage of Crusader starting pitcher Noah Fink’s wildness to build a 10-0 lead after only three innings. Fink, who fanned 16 batters in the Crusaders’ 7-2 firstround win over Random Lake Tuesday, walked eight PHS batters in only 2-1/3 innings.

PHS scored five runs in the bottom of the second and tacked on four in the third to go up 10-0 – drawing a combined five walks in the two frames.

Olig ripped a two-run single which keyed the second-inning outburst. The other runs in the frame scored on Zac Cain’s bases-loaded walk, Cole Karczewski’s grounder which the third baseman made a throwing error to first and Drew Schweiger’s sacrifice fly.

Cain and Olig belted two-run doubles to fuel the Panthers’ third.

The contest was called after five innings due to the 10- run rule when PHS tallied three runs in the fifth to make it 13-3. Karczewski, Drew Schweiger and Ethan Keller delivered RBI singles.

Plymouth went ahead in the first on Olig’s bases-loaded walk. The Panthers had zero hits in the frame but drew three walks and the Crusaders committed an infield error.

“Our discipline was solid which allowed us to sit on pitches, and we drove the ball into gaps. Matt had a big night and had a real good approach at the plate,” coach Cain pointed out.

Derek Schweiger was the winning hurler. He allowed three earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts and only one walk in four innings. Cain pitched a scoreless fifth and gave up one hit and a walk while striking out one.

“Derek did a great job of throwing strikes. His command was sharp. He moved the ball around well and had good location,” said the coach.

“Our defense made plays the way we can.”

Fink took the loss and gave up 10 runs (seven earned) on three hits with four strikeouts.

PHS banged out nine hits, led by Cain, Olig and Derek Schweiger with two each. Cain also drove in three runs and Karczewski had two RBIs.

Zach Gambrell paced the Panthers in runs with three after walking three times. Tyler Willeford had a team-high two steals.

The Crusaders scored all of their runs in the fourth on an RBI double by Josh Pingel and a tworun double by Michael Chorowicz. Pingel had a team-high two hits.


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