Lady Pilgrims fall short vs Wawasee in Sullivan’s return
PLYMOUTH — Marissa Sullivan returned to the Plymouth line-up Wednesday night and made her presence felt in all aspects of the game.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get the win.
The Lady Pilgrim senior had missed the team’s last three games due to an ankle injury and made up for her time away by going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and a triple and pitching her way to 10 strikeouts in a 4-2 loss to the visiting Wawasee Warriors at home.
“It was nice to have her back,” said Plymouth skipper Ed Kelso. “She had two solid hits, and when she’s on the mound we have a chance to win every game. We just need to stop giving up extra bases (to the other team).”
The extra bases Kelso mentioned eventually led to three of the four Warrior runs.
Wawasee struck early with a run in the first inning. Sullivan gave up the first extra base by walking leadoff hitter Amber Yoder, who moved to second on a wild pitch and scored moments later on a single to right by Gabi Rouston.
Sullivan settled down after the first few hitters and found a groove; she struck out eight batters through the first three innings of the game. Wawasee had chances for runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Both innings saw a runner reach third base, and both ended with that runner being thrown out at the plate while trying to score on a wild pitch.
The Warriors added two more runs to its lead in the sixth.
Consecutive singles by Alli Ousley and Rouston put runners at first and third. Rouston moved to second base by defensive indifference as Plymouth didn’t attempt a play on her when she stole second base. Madi Anderson singled up the middle to plate Ousley, and Rouston was able to score as Plymouth centerfielder Kailey Whitley misplayed the ball. The Pilgrims caught a break as the next hitter lined out back to Sullivan who tossed to Sarah Iwinski and forced Anderson out at second base.
Wawasee picked up its last run in the seventh inning. Kylie Norris slapped a single to third base. She stole second base and scored as the throw from Emilee Keilman wound up in center field.
Plymouth had an opportunity to score in the first inning but failed to get a timely hit. Keilman singled to center field and Sullivan doubled to the right-center gap to put runners at first and second with one out. Rouston struck out Morgan O’Neal in the next at-bat, but she was able to advance to first base on a dropped third strike, loading the bases for the Lady Pilgrims. April Hampton hit a ground ball to first base, and the throw went to the plate to force out Keilman. Iwinski grounded out to third base to end the inning with the bases loaded.
Plymouth finally put a run on the board in the sixth when Sullivan tripled to right and scored on a ground ball to shortstop by O’Neal.
The second Pilgrim run came in the seventh inning. Britney Horvath walked and scored two batters later on a triple by Whitley.
Plymouth drops to 4-11 with the loss and 0-5 in Northern Lakes Conference play. The Lady Pilgrims’ next game will be Friday at NorthWood.
• WAWASEE 4, PLYMOUTH 2
Wawasee: 100 002 1 – 4 8 2
Plymouth: 000 001 1 – 2 4 2
Marissa Sullivan (L) and Emilee Keilman; Gabi Routson (W) and Paige Hlutke
2B: Sullivan (P)
3B: Kailey Whitley (P), Sullivan (P), Sam Malik (W)
Records: Plymouth 4-11 (0-5 NLC), Wawasee 9-9 (3-2 NLC)