Pilgrims make it two straight with a win over Goshen
PLYMOUTH — Make it two in a row for Plymouth’s Pilgrims as they picked up a home Northern Lakes Conference win over Goshen by a 9-3 final Wednesday.
Plymouth starter Jacob Frantz was masterful in a seven inning five-hitter where he surrendered three runs, all in the first inning of the game. Frantz recovered admirably and allowed just two other base runners in the game, one erased in a seventh inning double play.
“These last two nights both pitchers (Cody Gamble and Jacob Frantz) have gotten ahead and used all their pitches in good spots,” said Plymouth head coach Ryan Wolfe. “Jacob tonight, everything was working again. He does a good job with his change up, working it around working it down and getting people out on their front foot.”
Wednesday’s conference win builds on Frantz’s appearance Saturday, a shutout of Ft. Wayne Wayne in Plymouth’s home tourney and bodes well for the rest of the season for the Plymouth lefty.
“After his last outing I said we know he can do that, and the thing is he’s come to know that he can do that and he did a great job tonight,” said Wolfe. “He needed to find that little thing to take the next step. He’s grown up a lot in the last couple of weeks. He’s focused and committed.”
It wasn’t the only good sign for the Pilgrims (9-11) as the offense banged out 10 hits for the second night and the defense played errorless ball again. The key point in the game was Plymouth’s two-run first inning that answered a three-run uprising by the Redskins.
“We’ve talked about that the whole year — picking each other up,” said Wolfe. “That’s the key there. We could have sulked and had lazy at bats, but we didn’t. We got guys on and Jacob went out there and got us back in. We were right back at the plate where we want to be.
“We’re seeing pitches; we’re talking when we come back to the dugout. It’s good to see as a coach that they’re talking to each other and doing things with everybody in the dugout communicating with each other. That’s what winning teams do.”
Frantz added to his outstanding game on the mound with a two-RBI single, a stolen base and a run scored at the plate. Justin Drudge had a pair of runs scored, a stolen base and a two-RBI single, Blake Milliser had a pair of hits — including a double and two RBIs — and Cody Gamble and Bailey Clark had a pair of hits and runs scored.
Plymouth will try and keep the streak alive as the Pilgrims take on Wawasee at Syracuse on Friday. On Saturday Plymouth travels to Coveleski Stadium to battle South Bend Clay. Goshen falls to 7-11 on the year.
• PLYMOUTH 9, GOSHEN 3
Goshen: 300 000 0 — 3 5 2
Plymouth: 212 040 x — 9 10 0
Deric Haynes (L 2-2), Jake Jesse 6 and Luke Harris. Jacob Frantz (W 3-2) and Elijah Nixon.
2B: Blake Milliser (P).