Panthers’ 10-run surge keys BEC rout

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers had 10-run outburst in the bottom of the second inning to fuel a 17-0 thumping of Kohler/Sheboygan Christian in a Big East Conference baseball game Thursday evening at the PHS diamond.

The contest began June 12 but was suspended in the last of the first due to inclement weather. The game resumed Thursday. The Panthers improved to 8-2 in the BEC (10- 3 overall). The Blue Bombers fell to 0-7 in the league (0-7 overall).

PHS combined five hits, three walks, one hit batter and four Kohler errors in the second as it mounted a 15-0 lead. Joe Steinhardt’s two-run single was the key hit. Jack Nytes drilled an RBI triple.

Cooper Gosse’s two-run single sparked the Panthers’ five-run first.

Junior Keegan McMullen and freshman Zach Zeeveld combined on a one-hitter, with McMullen earning the win in a starting role. McMullen allowed one hit in three innings to go with zero walks and four strikeouts. Zeeveld fanned five batters in only two frames and issued three walks.

The game ended after 4½ innings due to the 10-run rule.

PHS rapped out 11 hits, led by Joe Steinhardt’s four. Donovan Suchow contributed two. Joe Steinhardt had a team-high three RBIs, followed by Suchow and Cooper Gosse with two each.

Jake Steinhardt, Sam Miller and Joe Steinhardt led in runs with two apiece. Joe Steinhardt stole a team-high two bases.

“Keegan had only 36 pitches. He was very efficient. He was right around the [strike] zone all evening. It was a real good outing for him,” said PHS head coach Butch Cain.

“Zach had some velocity. This was his first extended opportunity to pitch at the varsity level. Our pitchers had a good night and the defense played well and our energy was good.”

Matt Childs had the Bombers’ only hit – a single in the third.

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