Pilgrims fall to Jimtown at Plymouth semifinal
PLYMOUTH — Plymouth didn’t get the start it needed from ace Jordan Scheetz, and the hard-hitting Jimtown lineup jumped out to a fast start.
The Pilgrims responded to a six-run third by Jimtown with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, but the hosts never got over the hump in an 11-5 semifinal loss at the Class 3A Plymouth Sectional at Bill Nixon Field Monday.
Jimtown scored efficiently throughout the contest, plating 11 runs off 12 hits.
The Jimmies scored two runs in the first and second before breaking the game open with a six-run third that featured six hits, including a bases-clearing double by Dustin Chafin.
“This was one of those rare times that we’ve talked after a Jordan Scheetz game, and he wasn’t on and didn’t have his stuff,” said Plymouth head coach Tony Plothow. “He even battled when he didn’t have his great stuff, but today he left everything up and in a tournament as good as these guys are hitting the ball, we just didn’t have much of a chance of beating them.”
Plymouth finally got on the board against Jimtown starter Brandon Weinkauf in the bottom of the third as Chase Peters reached on a two-out fly to right, Joe Knapp put a ball in play to short, and Connor Flynn drew a walk to load the bags. Jacob Segraves belted a two-run base hit to right, and Ike Kastner followed up with another fly to right to score Flynn. Riley Cartwright drew a walk to load the bases back up, but Trent Briles fouled out down the third baseline to end the inning with the Pilgrims still trailing 8-3.
Jimtown scored another three runs in the fourth and fifth before Plymouth could plate another run.
Katner led off the bottom of the fifth with a stand-up double to the center field fence on a nine-pitch at-bat, and Cartwright drove him home with a single down the left field line. He advanced to second on a fielder’s choice ball from Hayden Skirvin in Jimmies reliever Chafin’s first batter faced, and Blake Milliser scored him with a hard grounder to the gap at short to bring the score to its final as Peters grounded out to short to leave the bases loaded in the frame and the Pilgrims left the bags packed again in the sixth.
“We didn’t get it done today,” said Plothow. “We left too many runners on base, and we started off a couple of their innings. A couple of the innings they scored were unearned runs as far as dropped third strikes and passed balls moving them into third. In that six-run inning, Jordan left some things up and when we started battling back we left some opportunities out there, and you can’t do that in a tournament against a good Jimtown team.”
Peters, Kastner, Milliser, Cartwright and Segraves all finished with two hits, and Kastner and Milliser each batted in a run for the Pilgrims.
Plymouth closed out its season just below .500 at 14-15, and the team bids goodbye to seven seniors in Scheetz, Flynn, Skirvin, Peters, Segraves, Cole Mann and Dan Smith.
“It’s going to be tough to see some of these guys go,” said Plothow. “Connor Flynn, Chase Peters, Jacob Segraves — what a warrior — Jordan Scheetz, Cole Mann, Dan Smith, who sort of got robbed his senior year being hurt. Hayden Skirvin had a heck of a year at the plate with some big RBIs. We had a great season with those guys; we had fun with those guys over their three to four years. But contrary to what some people think I think we’ve got some good baseball talent coming up the next couple years.”
• JIMTOWN 11, PLYMOUTH 5
At Plymouth Sectional
Jimtown: 116 210 0 — 11 12 1
Plymouth: 003 020 0 — 5 10 1
Brandon Weinkauf (W), Dustin Chafin (5), Nick Floyd (6); Jordan Scheetz (L), Joey Dragani (4), Chase Peters (5), Myles Scott (5).
2B: Ike Kastner (P), Chafin (J), Evan Oblinger (J)
Records: Jimtown 19-8, Plymouth 14-15 (final)