Panthers notch eighth straight win

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers ran their winning streak to eight with a 7-3 win over Homestead (Mequon) in a nonconference baseball game here Saturday afternoon.

PHS improved to 21-5 while the Highlanders slipped to 13-12.

The Panthers scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 7-2 lead.

“We used three bases on balls, a hit pitch, some sound execution and a couple pressured errors to plate six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to find some breathing room in what had been a one-run defi- cit,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

Will Birkholz led PHS in hits with two and shared the RBI lead with Holden Reilly at two each.

Cooper Gosse was the winning pitcher. Gosse started and went five innings – allowing two earned runs on nine hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

Joe Mertes pitched the final two frames and gave up one run (unearned) on one hit with one walk and three strikeouts.

“Cooper was efficient in a pinch start. Joe Mertes gave us two fine innings in his first trip to the mound at the varsity level of play,” said Cain.

“Will Birkholz had a couple clutch RBI singles. Our middle infield of Holden Reilly [shortstop] and Ben Picard [second baseman] turned in some nifty plays.

“Isaac Fintak [left fielder] made two impressive running catches on some hard-hit balls over both shoulders in the contest as well,” Cain pointed out.

Jordan Gomez and Ben Price led Homestead in hits with three each and Andrew White had two.

The losing pitcher was reliever Julian Stechschulte who allowed six runs (four earned) on four hits with two walks and one strikeout in two innings.

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