Offense the story as Plymouth outlasts Lions
BREMEN — Two different approaches to battling the elements turned out the better for Plymouth’s Pilgrims as they were able to hold on to a 12-10 win over Bremen in a Friday night high school baseball game that was shortened to six innings due to darkness.
The Lions played small ball, taking advantage of savvy baserunning and forcing the issue with the Plymouth defense. The Pilgrims chose to batter away, belting out some timely hits with some power.
“I was really proud of our hitters, I think tonight we really did a good job of getting some good looks, squaring the ball up and driving in some runs. Especially Cody (Gamble) in that second inning,” said Plymouth coach Ryan Wolfe. “Like I said last week it’s not about how many hits you get but when you get them. We needed to get some key hits, and we could just as easily have been 3-0 as 1-2 coming in. We got them tonight, and hopefully we’ll keep getting them.”
Gamble ignited the Plymouth offense that had been largely dormant so far this spring with a three-run double in the second inning. Fellow sophomore Bailey Clark supplied another key stroke with a two-RBI double that plated three runs (the final on a Bremen error) in the fourth.
“A hit like that (Gamble’s) definitely has a way of getting everybody going,” said Wolfe. “Jarrod (Ellis) got a big hit, Bailey Clark had some good at-bats. It was just a really good night for our offense.”
It was another kind of offense, but what you might call Lion ball, on the other side of the field as Bremen ran, bunted and pushed the Plymouth defense into eight errors and five unearned runs. While they only managed four hits on the night, the Lions still put across 10 runs, largely manufactured by heads-up plays on the base paths.
“That’s our game,” said Bremen boss Bo Hundt. “I thought the one aspect we did really well tonight was offensively. We got on base, we ran, we bunted. All the little things that we ask offensively. Defensively we didn’t do too well tonight. When you put 17 guys on base by walk or hit by pitch that’s not a good night, but they only scored 12 so I guess that’s good in a way.”
Weather conditions were once again brutal on the night, but as Hundt said, that’s Indiana baseball in the early spring.
“It’s cold and that gets into the young heads out here,” said Hundt. “The majority of guys on both teams are young guys, and they haven’t played in weather like this. But it’s high school baseball: You have to play when you can because you have so many rain-outs and so many conference games you have to get in, and these early games are very important to see what you have as you get into your conference.”
Wolfe saw marked improvement in his offense but possibly a step back defensively for his young team.
“Our defense really wasn’t where we want to be, that’s certain,” he said. “I said early in the season that if we can throw it and catch it we’ll be pretty good. We didn’t do that tonight.”
Along with Gamble’s and Clark’s big nights for Plymouth, Justin Drudge added two hits and RBIs and Riley Cartwright had a pair of hits. Bremen’s Bobby Cornett had a pair of hits and RBIs, including a double, Drew Coffel had a double and RBI, and Dillion Mullen drove in a run with a single.
Levi Schuler picked up his first varsity win with two innings of relief of Jacob Frantz, who did not give up an earned run in his three innings work. Joe Smith finished the sixth for Plymouth. Eric Knepper takes the loss for Bremen striking out five in his three innings work.
Bremen (2-2) has a doubleheader with Tippecanoe Valley today, Plymouth (2-2) is at home with a single game 4:30 p.m. start with South Bend Washington.
• PLYMOUTH 12, BREMEN 10
Plymouth: 041 430 12 9 8
Bremen: 005 203 10 4 4
Frantz, Schuler (4) (W), Smith and Elijah Nixon, Jarrod Ellis (4). Knepper (L), Chance Stover (3), Dillion Mullen (4) and Drew Coffel.
2B: Cornett (B), Tyler Coffel (B), Gamble (P), Clark (P), Ellis (P).
SB: T. Coffel (B), D. Coffel (B), Blake Milliser (P).