Panthers win opener in new conference

PLYMOUTH – Junior Derek Schweiger’s strong relief pitching keyed the Plymouth Panthers’ 7-4 win over host Random Lake in baseball action Friday night.

The game was the first one for the Panthers in the new Big East Conference which is a combination of Eastern Wisconsin Conference and Central Lakeshore Conference teams. PHS was a member of the EWC through last year.

PHS upped its overall record to 1-2. The Rams dropped to 0-2 in the BEC (2-3 overall).

Schweiger earned the win after pitching 3-2/3 scoreless innings which closed out the game. He allowed three hits and one walk while striking out three. PHS starting hurler Jake Steinhardt went three frames and gave up one run (earned) on one hit with five walks and three strikeouts.

The Panthers grabbed a 4-0 lead in the top of the first and led the rest of the way. The key hit was Zac Kaiser’s tworun single. PHS was aided by three walks.

Taylor Struve and Holden Reilly led PHS in hits with two each. Reilly ripped an RBI double in the third and Struve whacked an RBI single in the seventh. Kaiser had a team-high two RBIs.

“We took advantage of opportunities. It’s good to get off to a good start in the conference,” said PHS head coach Butch Cain.

“We played solid defense. Zac had a big hit. Jake and Derek threw well.”

Erik Holeman paced the Rams in hits and RBIs with two each.

Ram starting hurler Scott Paulus took the loss. He gave up five runs (all earned) on four hits with five walks and no strikeouts in three

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