Panthers’ eight-game winning streak ends

ZACH ZEEVELD of Plymouth dives back to first before Elkhart Lake first baseman Jordan Bahr can make the tag on a pick off throw from pitcher Brennen Cain in Friday’s baseball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley 
ZACH ZEEVELD of Plymouth dives back to first before Elkhart Lake first baseman Jordan Bahr can make the tag on a pick off throw from pitcher Brennen Cain in Friday’s baseball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Plymouth baseball team had a disappointing showing Saturday as they lost non conference games at home to Waukesha South, 8-3, and Brookfield East, 6-0.

The Panthers’ eight-game winning streak was snapped with the loss to South in the morning. The two defeats dropped the Panthers’ record to 17-5.

Plymouth’s Big East Conference doubleheader Wednesday at Ozaukee was postponed due to rain. A makeup date wasn’t finalzed yet at press time.

The Panthers’ BEC game versus Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Friday night at Elkhart was suspended because of rain in the bottom of the third inning. PHS was leading 3-0 and the Resorters had a runner on first base with one out when the game was halted.

The contest is scheduled to be completed Wednesday, July 5 at Elkhart, starting at 3 pm.

PHS managed only three hits in the Waukesha South game. Will Birkholz ripped a triple and Matt Pohl and Aiden Reilly had one single each.

Ethan Kritzer was the Black- shirts’ starting pitcher and earned the win. Kritzer allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits with four walks and eight strikeouts. The win was the first of the season for South which improved to 1-17.

Tyler DeMeuse, Mick Scanlon and Garrett Redner led the Blackshirts’ attack with two hits each.

Jack Nytes was the losing hurler. Nytes started and threw four innings – giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

Michael Troka pitched the final three frames for PHS and allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits with two walks and zero strikeouts.

“We didn’t come out with energy and passion like we usually do. We weren’t strong in any phase,” said a disappointed Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“We didn’t have a good approach at the plate. This [the Panthers’ play on Saturday] is a good wakeup call.”

BROOKFIELD GAME

The PHS-Brookfield East game in the afternoon was called after five innings due to rain. The victory raised the Spartans’ record to 14-12.

Joey Pagel pitched a four-hit shutout. Pagel walked two and recorded five strikeouts.

The losing pitcher was starter Jake Steinhardt who gave up three runs (all earned) on three hits with three walks and zero strikeouts in one inning.

Cain said Aiden Reilly did a nice job in relief as he pitched two innings and allowed no runs on one hit with no walks and one strikeout.

Collecting one single each for PHS were Steinhardt, Aiden Reilly, Holden Reilly and Isaac Fintak.

Cole Barns paced East in hits with two.

“We didn’t play real well. We didn’t have a good approach at the plate. We weren’t heady on defense and we made uncharacteristic errors,” said Cain.


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