Pilgrims lose close contest with Logansport, 8-6

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth baseball team lost its second straight game last night, but it wasn’t because the effort wasn’t there.
After getting down six runs in the first two innings the Pilgrims started to chip away at the Logansport lead but just couldn’t get that one timely hit that could turn the tables in their favor, ultimately losing 8-6.
“We had opportunities not only to tie the game but to take the lead,” said Plymouth head coach Tony Plothow. “But we left a lot of runners in scoring position. It’s just one of those things were we are trying to get over the hump and we are just right there, but we couldn’t get it done tonight.”
Plymouth starting pitcher Myles Scott struggled through his first two innings of work on the mound. He walked the first hitter of the game and gave up back-to-back singles to allow the first run to score. Scott allowed the second run of the inning on a balk that allowed the runner to advance to the plate.
The second inning didn’t go much better.
The Berries went for six straight singles to start the inning. Jackson O’Brien started the hit parade with a ground ball to left field. Jake Slusher followed that with a soft fly ball that landed just fair in left field to put runners at first and second. Clayton Frye loaded the bases with a ground ball that Plymouth second baseman Dan Smith was able to knock down but couldn’t make a play on the runner at first. Matt Turner picked up the first two RBI of the inning with a line drive to left, scoring O’Brien and Slusher. Leadoff hitter Tanner Gellinger reached base on a bunt single to reload the bases, and Cory Rozzi hit a Texas League single up the middle that scored Frye. The final run of the inning scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Joe Loposser and put the Pilgrims in an early 6-0 hole.
Plymouth answered back with a couple runs in the bottom of the inning. Walks to Jacob Seagraves and Ike Kastner set up an RBI opportunity for Riley Cartwright, who singled to drive in Seagraves and Kastner advanced to third base on the throw. He scored two batters later on a fielder’s choice by Blake Milliser.
Plymouth chipped a couple more runs off the lead in the third inning. Another leadoff walk, this time to Connor Flynn, a single by Chase Peters and an error by the Logansport third baseman loaded the bases for the Pilgrims. Cartwright came through with his second run-scoring single with a line drive to right to score Flynn, and Peters advanced to the plate after a wild pitch by starting pitcher Dustin Clements.
The Pilgrims plated two more runs in the fourth to cut the Logansport lead to one at 7-6.
Smith led the inning off with another leadoff walk but was erased from the bases after being picked off. Knapp singled to right-center, and Flynn hit his second double of the game over the head of the Berries right fielder. Jacob Seagraves brought both runs home with a double to left field. Plymouth had the bases loaded, but a strikeout to Skirvin ended the scoring threat with the Pilgrims down 7-6.
All totaled, the Pilgrims left 10 runners on base in the game and eight in scoring position.
Scott settled down after his early troubles and was able to get hitters out over the next five innings. He allowed two unearned runs, one on a fielding error by Joe Knapp at third base and another with an error by first baseman Hayden Skirvin.
Plothow was somewhat pleased with the performance of his junior right hander.
“He gave us a chance,” he said. “He settled down after the first couple innings and was around the plate and gave us a chance to make plays. We needed a six- or seven-inning performance after last night, and he was able to do that for us.”
Flynn and Cartwright had two hits each for the Pilgrims. Seagraves and Cartwright each drove in two runs.
Plymouth drops to 4-4 with the loss. The Pilgrims return to action tonight at home with a Northern Lakes Conference match-up versus the Warsaw Tigers. Game time is 5 p.m. at Bill Nixon Field.
At Plymouth
Logansport: 241 001 0 — 8 16 1
Plymouth: 022 200 0 — 6 8 2
Myles Scott (L), Jacob Frantz (7) and Jacob Seagraves; Dustin Clements (W), Cody Graf (4, S) and Jake Slusher
2B: Connor Flynn (2, P), Seagraves (P), Clayton Frye (L)