Pilgrims pass pre-sectional check-up with 10-0 win vs Knox
By Ryan Carroll
PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth baseball team had its final check-up of the regular season before starting sectionals on Thursday.
Everything checked out okay.
The Pilgrims cranked out 10 runs on 12 hits and had an errorless game behind a solid pitching performance by Jordan Scheetz in a 10-0, five-inning victory over the Knox Redskins.
“We were looking to get Jordan on the mound for three or four innings and we wanted to give Chase (Peters) a couple innings tonight,” Plymouth coach Tony Plothow said of the game plan for Monday’s game. “We just wanted to get guys to get their regular work in tonight. We didn’t make any errors tonight, and we put the ball in play. Hopefully we have built some confidence over the last few games and we can work on some situational stuff in practice before playing our sectional game on Thursday.”
Plymouth opened the game up with a pair of runs in the first.
Chase Peters took the first pitch he saw and lined it to left field for a single. Joe Knapp followed that up with a grounder in the hole at short that was fielded and thrown over the head of the first baseman, allowing Peters to score and Knapp to advance to second base. A groundout to second base by Connor Flynn moved Knapp to third and set the table for him to score on a sacrifice fly to center by Jacob Segraves.
The Pilgrims picked up another run in the third as Knapp grounded through the hole at short for a single and moved up to second on a double steal that saw Peters get thrown out at third. Segraves drove him home once again on a ground ball that made it through the middle of the infield and put Plymouth up 3-0.
Plymouth added three more runs in the fourth. Riley Cartwright led the inning off with a single to right center field. A wild pitch and single by Trent Briles put runners at first and third base with no outs. Blake Milliser brought Cartwright home with a single to right to put the Pilgrims up 4-0. Peters backed that up with an RBI single on a ground ball in the hole at short that scored Briles and moved Milliser to third. Knapp knocked in the final run of the inning on a fielder’s choice to second base to plate Milliser.
The Pilgrims added four more runs in the fifth.
Ike Kastner hit his second single of the night, and Cartwright added his second hit to put runners at first and second. Hayden Skirvin hit a hard ground ball to third that bounced off of the Redskin fielder and into right field to score Kastner and move runners up to second and third base with one out. Milliser came through with his second hit of the game, this time a single to left that plated Cartwright and Skirvin and put Plymouth up 9-0. Pinch hitter Justin Drudge hit a ground ball to third that went through the fielder’s legs to score Milliser and enact the 10-run rule to end the game.
Plymouth saw two hits each from Peters, Kastner, Cartwright and Milliser. Milliser also scored twice and drove in three runs for the Pilgrims.
Scheetz worked four innings on the mound to pick up the victory for the Pilgrims. He allowed one hit and stuck out six Redskin hitters.
Plymouth closes out it regular season one game under .500 with a 13-14 record. The Pilgrims enter sectional play with a rematch against the John Glenn Falcons in the nightcap at the Plymouth Sectional Thursday.
Sectional action kicks off Wednesday with a match-up between Mishawaka Marian and New Prairie scheduled for a 6:45 p.m. start at Bill Nixon Field. South Bend Saint Joseph’s will play Culver Academies in the first game on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
• PLYMOUTH 10, KNOX 0
Knox: 000 00 — 0 1 3
Plymouth: 201 34 — 10 12 0
Jordan Scheetz (W), Chase Peters (5) and Jacob Segraves; Davey Johnston (L), Blake Bridegroom (4), Eric Dan (5) and Sean Martin
Records: Plymouth 13-14, Knox 4-22