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NAPPANEE â€” Three sixth inning runs were the difference as Plymouth (10-13) dropped a Northern Lakes Conference road decision at NorthWood (11-6) by a 5-2 final.
Facing NorthWood senior Tommy Klem for the second time this season, the Pilgrims had a better idea of how to approach their at-bats, recovering from a 2-0 early deficit to tie the game in the fourth. Blake Clevelandâ€™s two-run single in the third gave the Panthers an early lead.
â€śThat kidâ€™s (Klem) a senior and a heck of a pitcher, and I thought we did a good job of laying off some pitches, hitting fastballs and making adjustments,â€ť said Plymouth head coach Ryan Wolfe. â€śThatâ€™s what itâ€™s about each and every at-bat â€” make an adjustment and get better.
Plymouth fought back with a solo homer by Blake Milliser in the fourth and a plated run another on an error in the fifth to knot the game. Two crucial errors in the next inning would be the Pilgrimsâ€™ undoing as three NorthWood runs plated in the sixth, all off starter Jacob Frantz.
â€śHe (Frantz) pitched another good game, his last three or four outings heâ€™s pitched well enough to win,â€ť said Wolfe. â€śWeâ€™re playing these last two games against some very good teams in our conference, and I feel good where weâ€™re at. We expect to win. I think it took us awhile to get there, but I think we are.â€ť
Frantz gave up just four hits in the game and two earned runs while striking out three and walking two in a third straight solid outing. Klem gave up just four hits for his part and struck out seven, but the Pilgrims were with it to the last at-bat.
â€śThey understand that every pitch, every play the ball may get hit to them,â€ť said Wolfe. â€śThat may go back to some little league stuff. It may sound easy, but sometimes it isnâ€™t so easy when you have to go out there and do it.â€ť
The Pilgrims are back at Bill Nixon Field on Tuesday with a game against CMA.
â€˘Â NORTHWOOD 5,
Plymouth: 000 110 0 â€”Â 2 4 3
NorthWood: 002 003 x â€”Â 5 4 2
Jacob Frantz (L, 3-3) and Jarrod Ellis; Tommy Klem (W) and Tanner Cleveland.
2B: Blake Milliser (P)
HR: Milliser (P)