PHS wins regional behind Reilly’s strong arm

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


AIDEN REILLY, Plymouth first baseman, tags out Oostburg’s Aaron Huibregtse on a pickoff play at first in the regional baseball finals Wednesday, July 11. Panther catcher Will Birkholz made the throw to Reilly. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley AIDEN REILLY, Plymouth first baseman, tags out Oostburg’s Aaron Huibregtse on a pickoff play at first in the regional baseball finals Wednesday, July 11. Panther catcher Will Birkholz made the throw to Reilly. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Senior Holden Reilly continued his terrific pitching this season with a dominant performance in the regional baseball finals Wednesday evening, July 11 as the host Plymouth Panthers downed Oostburg, 4-0.

Reilly surrendered only two hits, struck out nine and walked just two in six innings. Jack Nytes finished up for PHS – pitching the seventh and allowing no hits and one walk to go with two strikeouts.

The No. 1-seeded Panthers raised their record to 25-6. PHS earned a first-round bye. The Flying Dutchmen, seeded No. 8, ended their season at 12-15.

“We were able to get another fantastic start from Holden Reilly. He was able to get ahead in the majority of the counts and go right after the Dutchman hitters all evening,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“Jack came in and gave us an exceptional close with good pop and movement on his pitches.

“Our offense again found a way to produce runs with different spots in the order getting some big hits for us. Our defense worked well – making the plays we needed to and we rotated well to be in the positions we needed to be in on time,” said Cain.

PHS took advantage of four Oostburg errors to scored their runs, three of which were unearned. The Panthers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Taylor Struve reached first on an infield error with two outs.

Struve stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Copper Gosse followed with an infield single which knocked in Struve.

The Panthers made it 2-0 in the fourth. Aiden Reilly led off with a double and advanced to third on Will Birkholz’s sacrifice bunt.


BEN PICARD of Plymouth belts a single in the regional baseball finals Wednesday, July 11 against Oostburg. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley BEN PICARD of Plymouth belts a single in the regional baseball finals Wednesday, July 11 against Oostburg. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley Matt Pohl then hit a grounder to the first baseman who booted it. Reilly scored and Pohl reached first on the error. Pohl was credited with an RBI.

PHS added two runs in the fifth after the first two batters were retired. Gosse reached first on an infield error and stole second. Sam Miller followed with a single which drove in Gosse.

Miller advanced to second on his hit after the ball got past the center fielder for an error. Aiden Reilly followed with a single which drove in pinch runner Zach Zeeveld.

Aiden Reilly and Gosse led PHS in hits with two each.

The only hits for the Dutchmen were a single by Preston Burns in the second and a single by Aaron Huibregtse in the sixth.

Birkholz, a junior catcher, picked off a runner at first and gunned down a runner trying to steal second in the second inning.

Huibregtse was Oostburg’s starting and losing hurler. The freshman allowed four runs (one earned) on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts in five innings.


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