Plymouth downs Lady Dragons in hit parade at Argos
ARGOS — Offense was in abundance on Saturday when the Plymouth softball team traveled to Argos for an in-county non-conference matchup.
Both teams brought their bats in a matchup that saw 86 hitters come to the plate, 23 runs scored on 27 hits, and runs in every inning by either one or both teams. In the end, it was Plymouth prevailing by a 16-7 score over the Lady Dragons in a contest more competitive than the final score might indicate.
Plymouth sent 51 hitters to the plate on the day, knocking out 18 hits and putting a total of 30 runners on base against three different Argos pitchers. The Lady Dragons were not about to go away without a fight, however, knocking out nine hits of their own, and just when Plymouth seemed poised for an early end, the hosts got a three-run home run from Charlie Horn to keep the game within striking distance.
Both teams picked up single tallies in the first inning before the offensive fireworks started in the second. The first five Plymouth hitters reached in the top of the second, and four of them would go around to score. Each run scored in a different fashion, starting with a bases-loaded walk to Marissa Sullivan, Samantha Wojcik beating the throw home on a Kailey Whitley grounder, a sacrifice fly by Emilee Keilman, and a base hit by Morgan O’Neal. Argos got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning when Jenny Fishburn singled home Kaytlyn Johnson.
Plymouth would go all the way around the order again in the third in tallying another four-run inning. Sullivan, Keilman and O’Neal drove in runs for the second straight inning, and Whitley added another by scoring on a wild pitch. The Lady Dragons would score another single run in the bottom of the inning when Karalei Kring doubled with one out and scored on an infield hit by McKayla Casu.
The next inning saw a slight decrease in production for the Lady Pilgrims, but they still picked up a pair or runs on an RBI double by Sullivan, who then scored on a base hit by Whitley. Argos followed its trend of one per inning in the bottom half when Horn tripled to deep left center to score Fishburn.
Up by seven at this point, Plymouth kept the pressure on in the fifth, hoping to get to a 10-run lead and the opportunity for an early end to the game. The Lady Pilgrims managed a pair on an RBI single by Wojcik, who then later scored on an error on a ball to the outfield hit by Sullivan to go up by nine. For the first time in the game, one side went down in order as Argos could not manage a baserunner in the bottom of the inning.
Poised again to take that 10-run lead, Keilman and Bailey Brown started the sixth for Plymouth with consecutive hits, but the two went no further as the next three hitters were retired in the only inning in which the Lady Pilgrims did not score. The Lady Dragons kept things interesting in the bottom of the inning on Horn’s two-out home run down the left field line to bring the score to 13-7.
It looked like Argos might get out of the top of the seventh with the score unchanged, but with two outs, Plymouth’s top of the order struck hard. Sullivan, Whitley and Keilman ripped back-to-back-to-back triples into the left-center field gap to produce two runs, then Keilman scored on a wild pitch with Brown at the plate for the final run of the day. Britney Horvath then retired the Lady Dragons in order in the bottom of the inning to bring an end to the wild offensive contest.
The top of the Plymouth order did the biggest part of the damage, as Sullivan, Whitley and Keilman combined for 12 hits, 11 RBI and nine runs scored. Sullivan was 4-for-5, including a double and a pair of triples with 4 RBI and five runs scored. Whitley’s three hits all produced runs and the junior added a fourth RBI on a fielder’s choice grounder. Keilman had a perfect day at the plate, going 5-for-5 with a sacrifice fly and three RBI. O’Neal picked up a pair of RBI, and Wojcik came around to score three times for the Lady Pilgrims.
Horn was 2-for-4 with four RBI for Argos, while Casu and Raelynn LaFrance each had a pair of hits for the Lady Dragons.
Horvath was the winning pitcher, registering five strikeouts on the day. Kara Koz took the loss for Argos.
Plymouth picks up its seventh win of the season and takes on NorthWood at home tonight. It will be the Lady Pilgrims’ Senior Night, and Keilman and Sullivan, the team’s only two seniors, will be recognized prior to the start of the game.
• PLYMOUTH 16, ARGOS 7
Plymouth: 144 220 3 — 16 18 2
Argos: 111 103 0 — 7 9 4
Britney Horvath (W) and Emilee Keilman; Kara Koz (L), Charlie Horn (3), Allison Flower (4) and Raelynn LaFrance
2B: Marissa Sullivan (P), Karalei Kring (A)
3B: Kailey Whitley (P), Sullivan, Keilman, Horn
Records: Plymouth 7-18