Diamond Spyders bounce back with doubleheader sweep of Mishawaka, 13-0, 7-3
PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Post 27 bounced back after a tough loss on Thursday with two convincing wins in a doubleheader against Mishawaka Post 161 at Bill Nixon Field on Saturday.
The Diamond Spyders rode two good pitching performances and capitalized on some hits and Post 161 errors to secure the victories.
PLYMOUTH 13, MISHAWAKA 0
Clayton Adamson took the mound in game one for Plymouth and was on top of his game. He threw a complete game shutout, allowing only two Mishawaka hits in five innings of work on the hill. He walked one and struck out four hitters for the victory.
“Clayton got us started in the first inning,” said Plymouth head coach Tony Plothow. “The first inning he got out of a situation were they had runners in scoring position and that was really the only threat they had in the game. He finished up strong the rest of the game.”
Adamson got plenty of help from his offense.
The Diamond Spyders scored 13 runs on 14 hits to shorten the game to five innings due to the 10-run rule. Five Post 27 hitters had multiple hits in the contest, and Plymouth found a way to score at least a run in each inning to down the Mishawaka team 13-0.
Post 27 got off to a great start offensively.
James Hackworth doubled to right, and Tanner Andrews traded places with him at second base with a double of his own. Brody Andrews scored his brother with a single to center to put the home team up 2-0. After Brody Andrews was picked off of first base for the second out of the inning, Eric Knepper kept the Diamond Spyders alive with a double to deep right. Brock Anson added two more runs to the scoreboard with a home run to left field.
Post 27 added four more runs in the second inning.
Sean Knepper singled with one out and Hackworth singled to put runners at first and third. He scored two at-bats later when Brody Andrews reached on an error at shortstop to plate the first run of the inning. Eric Knepper drove Hackworth home with a single to right,and both runners scored when Anson hit a grounder to second base that was misplayed and extended the Diamond Spyder lead to eight runs.
After a lone run in the third, Post 27 was able to plate four more runs in the fourth. Brody Andrews singled, and Eric Knepper followed up with one of his own. Anson hit the team’s third straight single to plate Brody Andrews. Wally Dickman scored Eric Knepper with a double to right center. Anson and Dickman both scored on wild pitches later in the inning to cap off the Diamond Spyder scoring in game one.
• PLYMOUTH 13, MISHAWAKA 0
Mishawaka: 000 00 – 0 2 3
Plymouth: 441 4x – 13 14 1
WP: Clayton Adamson
LP: Steven Wisser
2B: Hackworth (P), Tanner Andrews (P), Eric Knepper (P), Dickman (P)
HR: Anson (P)
Records: Plymouth 10-6
PLYMOUTH 7, MISHAWAKA 3
Plymouth switched things up in the second game, but the results were about the same. The Diamond Spyders broke out the wood bats to help prepare the team for its upcoming all wood bat tournament this weekend.
“We were looking for some spots to use those (wood bats), and we thought this would be a good place to get some practice with them,” Plothow said. “It’s different hitting with them so we want to get a few practices and some games to use them before the Patriot Tournament starts.”
The Post 27 offense picked up the early lead once again in game two. Sean Knepper started the game reaching on an error by the Post 161 shortstop that allowed him to move up to second base. Hackworth bunted to sacrifice him to third, but instead both runners advanced safely when the throw was late at third base, allowing Knepper to slide before the tag. Tanner Andrews brought Sean Knepper home with a single that dropped in front of the right fielder to plate the first Post 27 run. Brody Andrews followed his brother up with a walk to put runners at first and second with no outs. Eric Knepper brought Hackworth home on a fielder’s choice to put the Diamond Spyders up 2-0.
Plymouth picked up five more runs in the second.
Peter Shepherd walked, and Elijah Nixon singled up the middle to put runners at first and second with one out. Sean Knepper reached for the second time on an error by the shortstop to load the bases. Hackworth drove one run home with a ground ball single to right field. Two more runs scored on a ground ball by Brody Andrews that was thrown away by the third baseman to put the Diamond Spyders up five runs. Eric Knepper singled in Hackworth in the next at-bat, and Brody Andrews scored on a wild pitch to put the home team up 7-0 after two innings.
Plymouth’s starting pitcher Jacob Frantz struggled to find his control at spot pitches in the third inning. Two walks and three singles by Post 161 plated three runs in the inning.Things could have been worse, but Frantz got a fly out to right and two ground balls to third to end the inning and secure the win for Post 27.
Frantz pitched five innings in the game, shortened due to Post 161 having only eight players in uniform, allowing three earned runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked two for the victory.
Plymouth was led offensively on the day by the top of its lineup. The first five hitters combined for 15 hits on the day and scored 15 runs.
Post 27 hosts Kokomo Post 6 on Tuesday night and then starts its second annual Patriot Tournament with rematch against South Bend Post 50 on Thursday at 2 p.m.
• PLYMOUTH 7, MISHAWAKA 3
Mishawaka: 003 00 – 3 4 3
Plymouth: 250 0x – 7 6 0
WP: Jacob Frantz
LP: Chris Lippert
2B: Hackworth (P)
Records: Plymouth 11-6