Diamond Spyders rout Crown Point, 15-1
CROWN POINT — Plymouth Post 27 needed a big win to get the ship going in the right direction. It did just that in a 15-1 drubbing of host Crown Point Post 20 Tuesday.
The Plymouth offense was out in full force, and Sean Liedtky was masterful on the mound in the victory.
Liedtky pitched a complete game two-hitter and allowed the only run of the game to cross the plate on a wild pitch in the seventh inning. He struck out seven Post 20 hitters in the game while walking two and hitting one to pick up his third win on the season.
After struggling over the past few games, the Diamond Spyder offense came to life against the Crown Point pitching staff. Post 27 scored 15 runs, all earned, on 13 hits, nine walks and five hit batsmen.
James Hackworth got things started in the first inning. He singled to right and quickly stole second base. Tanner Andrews moved him up 90 feet with a single to right of his own. Brody Andrews was then hit by a pitch to load the bases with only one out. Eric Knepper walked to force Hackworth across the plate for the first run of the game.
The Diamond Spyders added three more in the second.
Shay Hepler walked and stole second base early in the next at-bat. Brock Anson moved him over on a groundout to second base, and, after Sean Knepper walked, Hackworth brought him home with his second single in as many innings. Post 27 found itself with bases loaded once again when Brody Andrews was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game. Eric Knepper capitalized on the opportunity and drove home Sean Knepper and Hackworth to bump the Plymouth lead to four.
Post 27 picked up two more runs in the fifth.
Latham doubled to deep right center. A passed ball moved him up to third base, and Anson scored him with a single through the middle of the infield. Hackworth came through once again for the Diamond Spyders with his third single of the game to plate Hepler who walked earlier in the inning.
Plymouth put the game away in the seventh. Nine Diamond Spyders crossed the plate in an inning that saw 13 of them step up to the plate.
Hepler started the inning off with a walk, his third of the night. Anson bunted his way on and Sean Knepper walked to load the bases with nobody out. Hackworth drove in his third run of the game with a sacrifice fly to plate Hepler from third. Brody Andrews was hit by a pitch once again to reload the bases for younger brother Tanner. He was hit by the next pitch to force Anson across the plate to score the eighth run of the game for Post 27. A walk to Eric Knepper plated another run, and Latham forced another across when he was hit by a pitch to put his team up 10-0. Three consecutive doubles by Hepler, Anson and Sean Knepper rounded out the offensive production by the Diamond Spyders on the night and put the team up 15-0.
Plymouth was led offensively by Hackworth’s three hits and Eric Knepper’s four RBIs. Hepler reached base safely in each of his five plate appearances for Post 27. He scored four runs on a single, a double, and three walks.
The win ups Plymouth’s record to 9-5 on the season. Plymouth returns to action at home on Thursday with a 7 p.m. home game against South Bend Post 50.
• PLYMOUTH 15,
CROWN POINT 1 (7 inn.)
At Crown Point
Plymouth: 130 020 9 – 15 13 3
Crown Point: 000 000 1 – 1 2 2
WP: Sean Liedtky
LP: John Lynk
2B: Sean Knepper (P), Nick Latham (P), Shay Hepler (P), Brock Anson (P), Eric Knepper (P), Jose Cabajal (CP)