Panthers’ late rally falls shy in showdown


NOLAN BEIRNE of New Holstein steals second as the ball squirts away from Plymouth second baseman Joey Osieczanek on the tag attempt in the third inning of baseball action June 6. The game was completed Monday. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley NOLAN BEIRNE of New Holstein steals second as the ball squirts away from Plymouth second baseman Joey Osieczanek on the tag attempt in the third inning of baseball action June 6. The game was completed Monday. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – A rally by the Plymouth Panthers in the bottom of the seventh inning fell short as they lost, 5-4, to New Holstein in a match-up of Big East Conference baseball leaders here Monday afternoon.

The game was a completion of the contest on June 6 which was suspended in the bottom of the third due to rain. PHS was batting and had runners on first and second with one out, with NH leading 5-2, when the rain came.

PHS trailed 5-2 going into its half of the seventh. Austin Struve started the comeback with a oneout single. Jake Steinhardt followed with a double which advanced Struve to third base.

Josh Burg then relieved starting pitcher Charlie Schnell. Derek Schweiger batted next and Burg uncorked a wild pitch which scored Struve and moved Steinhardt to third. Schweiger, who was a relief pitcher, eventually walked and was lifted for cour- tesy runner Jack Nytes.

Taylor Struve followed with a double which drove in Steinhardt. Nytes tried to advance to third on the hit but was tagged out by third baseman Owen Wilson on a throw from left fielder Carson Heus. Zac Kaiser then grounded out which ended the game.

The Huskies raised their league-leading record to 7-0 (8-3 overall). The Panthers, who were a half-game behind first-place NH going into Monday, slipped to 5-1 in the BEC (7-5 overall).

PHS outhit the Huskies 11-6 but stranded eight baserunners while the visitors left only three.

“We fought hard. We scratched and clawed. We didn’t get enough clutch hits,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

Steinhardt sparked the Panthers’ attack with three hits. Austin Struve, Schweiger and Taylor Struve cracked two each. Taylor Struve led in RBIs with two. Stienhardt scored a team-high three runs.

Burg had the big hit for NH – a three-run homer over the left-field fence in the first which gave his team a 3-0 lead. He had a teamhigh three RBIs. Bryce Karrels led in hits with a pair.

The winning pitcher was starter Charlie Schnell, with Burg earning a save. Schnell allowed four earned runs on 10 hits with two walks and one strikeout in 6-1/3 innings.

Steinhardt started at pitcher and took the loss. He surrendered five earned runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in three innings. Schweiger hurled the final four frames and retired all 12 batters he faced, including five on strikes.

“Derek was phenomenal. He kept New Holstein off balance. He got ahead in the count and mixed his pitches well,” Cain noted.

“Our middle of the order [2-5 batters] struck the ball well.”

The Panthers’ 2-5 batters, in order, are Austin Struve, Steinhardt, Schweiger and Taylor Struve.


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