Big inning dooms Trojans at Plymouth
PLYMOUTH — It was back in the win column for Plymouth’s Pilgrims in a five-inning, 10-0 win over Triton Tuesday.
The game was originally cancelled by weather in early April, but the sky fell on Triton in the game’s fourth inning as they suffered from the illness that’s been plaguing the Pilgrims of late — the big inning.
A tight, well-pitched contest turned into a nine-run Plymouth lead when the Pilgrims plated seven in the fourth inning thanks to four Trojan errors.
“It’s something that we talk about all the time is not to give up multiple errors in an inning,” said Triton head coach Rodney Younis. “You’re not going to beat anybody when you do that, especially when you play a team like this.”
Plymouth starter Cody Gamble and Triton starter Jayden Hargrave were both cruising — Hargrave giving up only a pair of hits in his first three innings, Gamble just one. A leadoff walk in the third to Justin Drudge and a pair of hits by Riley Cartwright and Blake Milliser solved the mystery for a pair of Plymouth runs, but it was the fourth when the bottom fell out.
“I told Jayden he had a good outing,” said Younis “That one inning he lost his composure a little bit and was all around the plate but he regrouped. He’s been working on his mental toughness; that’s a big part of the game. He’s a young kid. We’re putting him out there against some quality opponents. It’s going to be a learning experience for him.”
After nearly a month of just bullpen work, Gamble returned to the mound in a big way, giving the weary Plymouth pitching staff a huge shot in the arm with a complete-game, three-hit shut out. His outing seemed to revitalize his hitters as well.
“When you get in hitters counts you dictate what goes on. You have the upper hand in the at-bat,” said Plymouth boss Ryan Wolfe. “I thought our hitters saw some pitches, got ahead in counts and hit fastballs. The guy last night from Warsaw was able to throw his curveball for strikes when he was behind in counts, and that’s what makes you a good pitcher.”
Sophomore Gamble worked quickly, was aggressive in the strike zone and reaped the benefit of his first varsity W on the mound.
“We’ve talked about not being afraid to challenge hitters,” said Wolfe. “We’re not going to strike out seven, eight or nine guys every night. Move stuff around when you need to but otherwise go get him.”
“When your pitcher is working like that you know you can get him two or three runs and he’s going to go out and get your right back in there to hit and to get a couple more. It’s not one of those long drawn out innings where you’re throwing 20 or 30 pitches and then you come back in and ‘oh yeah I guess I’m up’.”
Plymouth moves to 8-11 on the year and gets back to the NLC grind Wednesday night at Bill Nixon Field. Triton is now 4-12.
• PLYMOUTH 10, TRITON 0 (5 inn.)
Triton: 000 00 — 0 3 4
Plymouth: 002 71— 10 4 0
Jayden Hargrave (L 0-4), Skyler Reichert 4 and Grant Stichter. Cody Gamble (W 1-1) and Elijah Nixon.
2B: George Stults (P).