Post 27 feeling fatigue in loss
FORT WAYNE — Plymouth Post 27 played its sixth game in five days, and some fatigue may have shown in its 9-5 loss to the Ohio River Bandits in Fort Wayne’s Parkview Stadium Monday.
Plymouth jumped out to an early lead in the first.
Brock Anson led off the game with a walk. James Hackworth sacrificed him to second, and Brody Andrews doubled down the left field line to score Anson. Brody scored a moment later when brother Tanner singled to put the Diamond Spyders up 2-0.
The River Bandits had an answer in the bottom of the inning. After two quick outs they rallied and picked up back-to-back hits by Joe Gentile and Shea Murray. Plymouth starting pitcher Clayton Adamson had some control problems over the next three hitters, walking one and hitting two hitters to force two runs across the plate. A single by Justin Watts gave his team a 3-2 advantage after one inning.
Plymouth tied the game up in the fourth.
Shay Hepler walked and advance to second on a ground ball to second base by Anson. He scored on a double to deep centerfield by James Hackworth that just made it over the outstretched arm of the defender.
Adamson started to tire in the fifth, and the River Bandits touched him up for three more runs to take the lead for good.
Adamson walked Murray to start the inning and gave up singles to Collin Parcher and Robert Zeigler to load the bases. Austin Monnin drove in Murray with a single to left that was misplayed by Post 27’s left fielder and allowed Parcher to score on the error. Plymouth made a pitching change, and brought in Bremen’s Wes Burkholder.
After coaxing a groundout and a strikeout to the number nine hitter it looked like he might get out of the inning, but Tanner Wyse singled to drive in the third run of the frame to put the River Bandits up 6-3.
The River Bandits picked up a run in each of the sixth and seventh innings for its final tally in the game.
Plymouth didn’t have much of an answer at the plate for the River Bandit pitchers in the middle innings. Post 27 was only able to scratch out one hit through the second through seventh innings.
“Our sticks went cold,” said Plymouth manager Will Hostrawser. “We hit the ball, but we kept popping up. We are going to get a little cage time in this week and hopefully hit ourselves out of it.”
The Diamond Spyders did have a little bit of fight left in them in the eighth and ninth innings.
Tanner Andrews led off the eighth with a single through the left side of the infield and scored on a single up the middle by Sean Liedtky.
Anson started the ninth inning with a walk and scored on a double by Brody Andrews to end the scoring and game at 9-5.
Even though Adamson tired in the fifth, he gave the Diamond Spyders what they needed out of him. With pitching being sparse after a weekend full of games they needed someone to last a few innings, and he was able to do that successfully. Burkholder and Anson followed Adamson up with two innings each. Both pitchers allowed an earned run.
“We’ve played a lot of games in the last few days,” Hostrawser said of his team’s pitching performance. We had some guys throwing on short rest and they gave us everything that they had tonight.
The Diamond Spyders were led offensively by the brothers Andrews. Each had a pair of hits, and Brody had two RBIs in the game.
Plymouth moves to 6-3 on the season with the loss. The Diamond Spyders have a much-needed day off tomorrow before traveling to Chesterton High School on Wednesday to face off with Valparaiso.
• OHIO RIVER BANDITS 9, PLYMOUTH 5
At Fort Wayne
Plymouth: 200 100 011 – 5 6 2
Ohio: 300 032 10x – 9 13 3
WP: Tanner Wyse (ORB)
LP: Clayton Adamson
2B: Brody Andrews 2(P), Dylan Henricks (ORB), Shea Murray (ORB), Austin Monnin (ORB)
3B: Murray (ORB), Robert Zeiger (ORB)