Panthers’ bats sizzle in BEC sweep


KEEGAN MCMULLEN of Plymouth fires a pitch to a Sheboygan Lutheran batter in the opener of Wednesday’s baseball twinbill against Sheboygan Lutheran. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley KEEGAN MCMULLEN of Plymouth fires a pitch to a Sheboygan Lutheran batter in the opener of Wednesday’s baseball twinbill against Sheboygan Lutheran. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers’ hot bats keyed a doubleheader sweep over visiting Sheboygan Lutheran Wednesday in Big East Conference play.

PHS banged out 11 hits in the opener as it cruised to a 15-0 win. In the nightcap, the Panthers cracked 10 hits in a 17-5 rout. Both games were run-ruled.

The Panthers, who have won six in a row, raised their BEC large-school division record to 13-2 (15-3 overall). The Crusaders dropped to 0-12 in the small-school division (0-12 overall).

PHS built a 13-0 lead after only three innings in the opener, fueled by a six-run surge in the bottom of the third.

Will Birkholz and Joe Steinhardt led the Panthers in hits with two each. Birkholz had a team-high three RBIs, followed by Steinhardt with two.


WILL BIRKHOLZ of Plymouth cracks an RBI single in the second inning of game one in Wednesday’s baseball twinbill against Sheboygan Lutheran. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley WILL BIRKHOLZ of Plymouth cracks an RBI single in the second inning of game one in Wednesday’s baseball twinbill against Sheboygan Lutheran. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley Keegan McMullen was the winning pitcher. He threw four innings and allowed only one hit while walking two, striking out a pair and hitting one batter. Zach Zeeveld pitched one frame and struck out all three batters he faced.

“Another nice outing for Keegan, and Zach came in and pounded the strike zone for us. All of our guys were able to get some quality at-bats and our defense didn’t commit a physical error on the day which was really encouraging,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

Drew Thimmig had Lutheran’s only hit. Jacob Gramm was the losing pitcher.

GAME TWO

Birkholz and Sam Miller keyed the Panthers’ attack in the nightcap with two each. Cooper Gosse, Birkholz and McMullen had a teamhigh two RBIs apiece.

Michael Troka earned the victory in a starting role. He gave up two runs (both earned) on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks in three innings. Reliever Aiden Reilly fanned four batters in the fi- nal two frames.

“Getting out to early leads in both games, supported by our sound defense and pitching, were instrumental in our ability to carry momentum throughout the day as well,” said Cain.

Thimmig led the Crusaders in RBIs with three. Thimmig, Josh Prichard and Tyler Landgraf had a team-high two hits each.

Thimmig was the losing hurler.


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