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Plymouth falls to Michigan City

April 16, 2012

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth coach Ed Kelso was expecting a wild game Saturday against the Michigan City Wolves, and the girls on the field didn’t disappoint as the Lady Pilgrims fell in a back and forth 8-5 contest.
“Our games with Michigan City, every year we play them, are usually a wild affair.” Kelso said, “This was a typical Michigan City-Plymouth game.”
Plymouth broke into the scoring column in the first inning on an RBI single to right field by April Hampton scoring Marissa Sullivan. The damage could have been more but the Lady Pilgrims failed on two bunt attempts to advance runners into scoring position.
“Fundamentals. You have to do the little things well to put you in a good spot offensively.” Kelso said of his team’s bunting woes. “We’ve worked on it, and we will continue to work on it.”
Michigan City answered with a run of its own in the top of the second. A leadoff walk to Kristen Hixon was followed with a sacrifice bunt by Gabi Sheppard to put Hixon on second with one out. Allison Martinez singled to right ,moving Hixon up one more base to third. She scored the next at-bat on a wild pitch.
Plymouth got on the board again with three runs in the third inning.
A triple off the bat of Sullivan started the rally. Morgan O’Neal reached base on a throwing error by the Michigan City shortstop and Sullivan was able to score on the play. O’Neal moved to third base on a passed ball and scored the next at-bat on another Wolves error on a fly ball by Hampton. Sarah Iwinski laid down a bunt for a single to put runners at first and second base. After a strikeout by Britney Horvath, Hailey Traski came through with a single to right field, plating Hampton just before Iwinski was tagged out at third base to put the Lady Pilgrims up 4-1.
The lead wouldn’t last long as the Wolves were able to plate three runs in the fourth to tie the game at four.
A single up the middle by designated player Abby Heckman followed by a fielding error by Iwinski and a walk to leadoff hitter Peyton Webb loaded the bases for the Wolves. Aubria Smith scored Heckaman with a single, and Jameka Collins followed that up with a two-run double to left to plate the other two runs in the inning.
Plymouth was able to get one more run in the fourth.
Bailey Brown hit a soft fly ball just out of the reach of the diving Michigan City pitcher. She moved up to second base on a ground out by Kailey Whitley and advanced the rest of the way around the bases on a wild pitch and a passed ball.
Michigan City extended its lead in the fifth inning with two runs and added two more insurance runs in the seventh, ending the Plymouth three-game winning streak.
Plymouth drops to 3-4 on the season and starts Northern Lakes Conference play on Monday with a home game scheduled against Elkhart Memorial. Kelso feels his team can use the experience of the last two weeks to help lead them into conference play.
“We shouldn’t see anything in our conference that we haven’t already seen this season.” He said. “That is what these last two weeks are about, getting us ready for the conference.”
• MICHIGAN CITY 8, PLYMOUTH 5
At Plymouth
Michigan City: 010 320 2 — 8 8 3
Plymouth: 103 100 0 — 5 8 3
Marissa Sullivan (L) and Emilee Keilman; Allison Martinez, Peyton Webb (4, W) and Kristen Hixon
2B: Jameka Collins (MC)
3B: Collins (MC), Sullivan (P)
Records: Plymouth 3-4

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