Panthers rally to notch Big East win

RANDOM LAKE – Plymouth overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat host Random Lake, 9-4, in Big East Conference baseball action here Monday night.

The Panthers upped their BEC large-school division record to 10-2 (12-3 overall). The Rams, who lead the league’s smallschool division, dropped to 9-4 in the BEC (9-6 overall).

PHS, which trailed 4-1 after four innings, scored three runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game, 4-4. Taylor Struve ripped an RBI double and Cooper Gosse and Matt Pohl had RBI singles.

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The Panthers tallied three runs in the sixth to take a 7-4 lead. Jake Steinhardt drew a leadoff walk and Struve followed with a single. After the next two batters were retired, Joe Steinhardt cracked a two-run single and then Pohl whacked an RBI single.

“We kept our composure and battled back. We had real good discipline at the plate,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“Road victories are always good. They’re a good team. It was important for us because it showed we could come back from a deficit.”

PHS banged out 10 hits, led by Jake Steinhardt with three. Struve and Pohl added two each. Joe Steinhardt had a team-high three RBIs, followed by Cooper Gosse and Pohl with two apiece.

Jake Steinhardt and Struve paced PHS in runs with two each.

Cordell Huiras led the Rams’ offense with two hits. Huiras and Travis Jacob scored a team-high two runs each.

Ben Picard picked up the win in relief. The junior pitched 4-2/3 innings and gave up one run (unearned) on two hits with four walks and five strikeouts.

“Ben stymied their offense. He got out of some jams. His location and breaking ball were huge for him,” Cain observed.

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