Pitching woes cost Plymouth vs St. Joe
PLYMOUTH — Plymouth head baseball coach Tony Plothow had concerns about the inexperience of his pitching staff coming into the season.
Those concerns became a reality Wednesday night at Bill Nixon Field in a six-inning, 10-0 loss to the visiting South Bend St. Joseph’s Indians.
Plymouth used three pitchers in the game, each appearing on the mound for the first time ever in a varsity uniform.
Chase Peters got the start and struggled early. Control problems plagued the senior right-hander in the first inning as St. Joe scored four runs in the inning on only one hit — a leadoff single to right — while three of them were given to the Indians by way of wild pitches.
Peters seemed to get over the first start jitters in the second and third innings, finding the strike zone with more regularity, and the Pilgrims defense benefitted, especially Connor Flynn.
The senior shortstop recorded an assist or put-out in each of the first five outs of the game, the first two on a double play ball up the middle of the infield that he took himself, stepped on second base and tossed to first to help hold the Indians to only four runs in the first inning.
The Plymouth offense had a chance to cut into the Indian lead in the third inning.
Blake Milliser led off the frame with a single to centerfield. Dan Smith walked in the next at-bat, and Joe Knapp laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third with one out. The Pilgrims weren’t able to score though, as a baserunning error on a ground ball to third and a line out by Jacob Seagraves ended the threat.
The Indians scored five more runs in the fourth inning and one in the sixth to round out the scoring and end the game for the 10-0 win.
Even with the pitching struggles Wednesday, Plothow was optimistic about the future of his pitching staff.
“It was the first outing for all three of our pitchers tonight,” he said. “Now we’re hoping that Chase can improve. He had a good second and third inning and just got tired in the fourth. We are going to have to count on him as the year goes along. He just needs to get comfortable on the mound and he just didn’t have that tonight in different situations.”
The Pilgrims drop to 1-1 with the loss and return to action Friday night at Bill Nixon Field with a JV/varsity doubleheader against the Triton Trojans.
The junior varsity game is slated to start at 4 p.m. with the varsity game scheduled immediately after.
• ST. JOSEPH’S 10,
PLYMOUTH 0 (6 inn.)
St. Joe: 400 501 — 10 7 0
Plymouth: 000 000 — 0 3 2
Chase Peters (L), Jacob Frantz (4), Myles Scott (6); Nick Carmda (W), Brad Hartman (6)
2B: Sid Leda (SJ), Spence Harrison (SJ)
Records: St. Joe 5-0, Plymouth 1-1