Panthers’ late comeback falls short

PLYMOUTH – A late rally by the Plymouth Panthers fell shy as they lost to Random Lake, 7-5, in a Big East Conference baseball game Monday evening at the PHS diamond.

PHS, which trailed 7-2 after five innings, made a comeback in the bottom of the seventh. Austin Struve hit a one-out single and Jake Steinhardt followed with a walk.

Derek Schweiger then cracked a two-run double. Ram relief pitcher Colin Barrington retired the next two batters to end the game and earn a save.

The Panthers slipped to 7-2 in the BEC (9-7 overall). The Rams improved to 5-6 in the league (8- 10 overall).

The Rams exploded for five runs in the second to take a 5-0 lead. The key hits were a tworun single by Ben Drenski and an RBI double by Scott Paulus.

Taylor Struve and Sam Miller paced PHS in hits with two each. Struve ripped a double and a triple. Schweiger had a team-high two RBIs. Taylor Struve led in runs with two.

Cordell Huiras sparked the Rams’ attack with three hits and Paulus had two. Drenski and Paulus had a team-high two RBIs each.

Evan DeBroux was the winning pitcher. DeBroux threw six innings and allowed three runs (three earned) on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Steinhardt was the losing pitcher. He went four innings and gave up six runs (three earned) on seven hits with three walks and strikeouts each.

Michael Troka threw the final three frames for PHS and allowed one earned run on two hits with one walk and no strikeouts.

“We came back and we never quit,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“I give them [Rams] credit. They put the ball in play and that was the key. We hit the ball well and we hit with some power.

“Michael came in [to pitch] and did enough to keep us in the game,” said Cain.

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