Post 27 moves to 3-0 vs Crown Point
PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Post 27 Diamond Spyders picked up another win last night to run its season-opening win streak to three games with a 5-3 decision over Crown Point Post 20.
The Diamond Spyders used a big first inning to get the job done, plating all five of their runs in the first and holding on for the win at home at Bill Nixon Field.
“We looked good offensively in the first inning,” said Plymouth coach Tony Plothow. “It looked like we lost focus at the plate in the later part of the game, and we can’t have that against some of the other teams that we will face this year.”
Bremen graduate Sean Knepper led Post 27’s big inning off with a single, and an error on a bunt attempt by James Hackworth put runners at the corners with nobody out. Eric Knepper drove his older brother Sean home with a sacrifice fly to center for the first Post 27 run. Brody Andrews doubled to left, and little brother Tanner followed that up with an RBI single to left to score Hackworth but was thrown out at second base trying to stretch the hit into a double.
Nick Latham walked, and Sean Liedtky reached on a fielding error by the Crown Point short stop. Andrews scored on the play to put the hosts up 3-0. Trent Briles finished off the scoring with a two-RBI single that scored Latham and Liedtky to stretch the Diamond Spyder lead to five.
Post 20 answered back in the top of the second after a three-strikeout performance in the first off of Plymouth starter Wally Dickman.
Zach Defries led the inning off with a single and advanced to third on a double by John Lynk. He later scored the first run when a pitch by Dickman found its way past Plymouth’s Latham behind the plate for a passed ball. Dickman settled down and struck out the next two Crown Point hitters to end the inning and strand two runners in scoring position.
Crown Point scratched out two more runs in the fourth off of Dickman. Defries led off once again, this time reaching on an error by Brock Anson at third base. Jake Wright singled and Lynk was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Jose Cabajal singled home Defries and Wright, but Plymouth was able to cut Lynk down at third base for the first out of the inning.
The Diamond Spyders made a pitching change after Dickman hit the next batter to put runners at first and second with only one out. Clayton Adamson stepped to the mound and promptly sat the first hitter down with a strikeout and got the second hitter he faced to fly out to left to end the inning and preserve a 5-3 Plymouth lead.
Post 27 got two hits each from Sean Knepper, Tanner Andrews and Briles, who also had two RBIs for the Diamond Spiders.
Dickman and Adamson combined for one earned run on six Crown Point hits. The duo struck out eight and left seven Post 20 runners on base.
The win moves Post 27 to 3-0 on the young season and better yet helped the coaching staff understand a little bit more about this year’s team.
“The first few games are for us to see what roles people are going to take on this team,” said Plothow. “Now we have a better idea of where we can play guys, what our pitching rotation is going to look like and what kind of moves we can make on offense and defense.”
Plymouth travels to Terre Haute this weekend to square off in a tournament with some of the best American Legion teams from around the state. Post 27 starts off the weekend facing the host from Terre Haute on Thursday. The Diamond Spyders face off against Bristol on Friday and then battle Lafayette and Evansville in a doubleheader Saturday.
• PLYMOUTH 5,
CROWN POINT 3
Crown Point: 010 200 0 – 3 6 4
Plymouth: 500 000 x – 5 7 1
WP: Clayton Adamson, LP: Jack Miles
2B: John Lynk (CP), Brody Andrews (P)