One inning once again dooms Pilgrims
DUNLAP – The story of Plymouth’s baseball season could be the story of one inning.
On the road Plymouth once again couldn’t overcome one big inning — a seven-run Concord second — in falling to the Minutemen by a 10-4 final. It was the second time this season Plymouth fell prey to a big Concord inning after the Pilgrims surrendered eight runs in the third inning of a 12-0 home loss to the Minutemen April 17.
The Minutemen (9-3) plated seven in the second off Plymouth starter Bailey Clark in his first start of the season.
“We gave Bailey a shot to go there and start, and I thought he did okay he got down on himself a little bit.” said Plymouth head coach Ryan Wolfe. “As a pitcher when you get down on yourself you can tell in your body language, and the other team feeds on that. They couple walks with hits and one thing leads to another.”
The one thing was five hits that led to seven runs, and reliever Braydon Davidson taking over in the third and redeeming himself for a tough couple of outings where he hadn’t been as sharp as he began the year on the mound.
“Braydon went out there and did a great job,” said Wolfe. “We put four runs up; we don’t give up the eight we win. It’s a thing where we’re still battling it, and hopefully we can get past it at some point and start winning these games.”
“We’re making the plays defensively, but right now we hit the ball really well and have five errors or we give up all those runs in an inning and we have no errors. If we put a full game together and pitch well, we’re where we need to be.”
Concord starter Cain Crowley made easy work of the Pilgrims for most of the day, but Justin Drudge was able to triple as part of a two-hit night. Davidson had a pair of hits, and Jacob Frantz had a double as part of a two-hit night.
The Pilgrims (6-9) move on to play Fort Wayne Wayne in the Plymouth Tourney Saturday in one of the premiere pre-state tournament events that will also bring Penn and Fort Wayne Carroll to Bill Nixon Field.
“I want to win this thing,” said Wolfe. “We’re going to go out there first game, and every pitcher will be ready to throw. We’ll throw them out there. We have conference games next week, but if we can get an inning or two out of somebody and be ready for Monday we’re going out there to win it. Everyone’s going to be excited. I think it’s going to be a fun day.”
• CONCORD 10, PLYMOUTH 4
Plymouth: 000 110 2 — 4 8 0
Concord: 170 200 x — 10 11 2
Bailey Clark (L, 1-2), Braydon Davidson 3, and Elijah Nixon; Cain Crowley (W, 2-0), Jake Stauffer (5) and Dakota Simon.
3B: Justin Drudge (P) Braydon Davidson (P), Jacob Frantz (P), Mason Eldridge.(C)