1982 Panthers baseball honored at final WIAA tourney

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent


MEMBERS OF THE 1982 Plymouth High School state championship baseball team, which was honored at the last WIAA summer baseball tournament, included (front row, left to right) Kevin Limberg, Dean Aldermann, Gary Klemme, Dan Miller, Dale Alderman, Butch Cain, Rick Meyer, Jim Helmer, (back row) Joel Reitz, Dave Schneider, Tom Richards, Edsel LaBillois, Coach Scott Richards, Dale Flunker, Don Albright, manager Wayne Van Sluys and batboy Mike Richards. – Submitted photo MEMBERS OF THE 1982 Plymouth High School state championship baseball team, which was honored at the last WIAA summer baseball tournament, included (front row, left to right) Kevin Limberg, Dean Aldermann, Gary Klemme, Dan Miller, Dale Alderman, Butch Cain, Rick Meyer, Jim Helmer, (back row) Joel Reitz, Dave Schneider, Tom Richards, Edsel LaBillois, Coach Scott Richards, Dale Flunker, Don Albright, manager Wayne Van Sluys and batboy Mike Richards. – Submitted photo The 1982 State Champion Plymouth High School Baseball team was honored at the final WIAA State Summer Baseball Championship at Kapko Park, Concordia University, Mequon, Friday, July 20.

Former Plymouth head coach Scott Richards accepted the honor.

Plymouth (22-4 overall) grinded out a 9-1 win over the Brown Deer Falcons with their freshman Tom Richards pitching in and out of trouble to win the Panthers’ first state title for the baseball program.


SCOTT RICHARDS, WHO coached Plymouth to the WIAA summer baseball championship in 1982, was recognized during the final WIAA summer baseball tournament last month. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Delta Publications SCOTT RICHARDS, WHO coached Plymouth to the WIAA summer baseball championship in 1982, was recognized during the final WIAA summer baseball tournament last month. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Delta Publications Plymouth’s trio of pitchers - Richards, Rick Meyer and Dan Miller - allowed just one run in three games.

Meyer shutout a heavily-favored West Bend East team 3-0 and then Miller matched the feat with another 3-0 shutout over Onalaska, allowing just four hits.

Plymouth won the Eastern Wisconsin Conference that season with a 10-2 record and thumped Sheboygan Falls 10-1 and pounded Two Rivers 8-1 in the sectional playoffs.

“We just really had a good team,” said coach Richards. “Winning the state championship was the greatest thing that I have ever experienced as a coach.”

Richards commented that the pitching, defense and timely hitting was great. The community support helped the team and boosted the baseball program in Plymouth.

The Plymouth Flames were developed shortly after and then the new baseball field was added to the Plymouth High School.

“It was a great honored to be recognized by the WIAA,” Richards remarked.


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