Spyders split again at Patriot Tourney
PLYMOUTH — Plymouth split games for the second straight day in the Patriot Classic Friday, losing the first game to Highland Post 180, 10-0 and getting the victory in the night cap over Crawfordsville Post 72, 7-4.
Plymouth couldn’t get much going in the first game.
Highland starter Anthony Gomez allowed only one Diamond Spyder hit, a second inning single by Nick Latham and allowed only four base runners in the 10-run-rule shortened game.
Post 180 broke out to the early lead in the first and never looked back. The first seven hitter in the Highland lineup scored and Plymouth didn’t record an out until the ninth hitter of the inning struck out.
• HIGHLAND 10, PLYMOUTH 0
Highland: 702 1 – 10 8 1
Plymouth: 000 0 – 0 1 1
WP: Anthony Gomez
LP: Clayton Adamson
2B: Jordan Minch (H), Stefano Belmonte (H), Luke Polster (H), Nick Christiansen (H)
PLYMOUTH 7, CRAWFORDSVILLE 4
Plymouth fared better in game two of the day.
Tyler Niespodziany took the mound and pitched well en route to a complete game victory. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits and struck out seven Post 72 batters in the game.
Crawfordsville opened the game with a run in the first inning. Shawn Battin singled up the middle and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Mitchell Reeves drove him home with a single to left.
Post 27 finally found some offense in the second inning. Sean Liedtky walked and scored on a single by Peter Shepherd. Shepherd gave the Diamond Spyders the lead when he came around to score two hitters later on Wes Burkholder’s bunt that was fielded and thrown by the catcher but it hit Burkholder and bounced into right field.
The Diamond Spyders broke the game open in the third. Shay Hepler and Trent Briles drew walks and Nick Latham singled to bring Hepler home to put Post 27 up 3-1. Liedtky loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch with no outs in the inning. Riley Cartwright came through with a big hit to right center field to plate both Briles and Latham to extend the lead to four runs. Wes Burkholder knocked in two more runs with his second hit of the game to end the scoring for Plymouth.
Crawfordsville tried to work its way back into the game with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth, but Niespodziany was able to retire the final seven hitters of the game to earn the victory.
Post 27 moves its record to 13-9 with the split and 2-2 in the pool play of the tournament. Plymouth has one more game in pool play this morning at 10 a.m. when it faces the American Legion Post out of Three Oaks, Mich. The game will determine what seed the Diamond Spyders get for the bracket portion of the tournament.
It is likely that Plymouth will return to action again tonight at either 4 or 6 p.m. depending on what seed it earned.
• PLYMOUTH 7,
Crawfordsville: 100 120 0 – 4 7 2
Plymouth: 025 000 x – 7 7 0
WP: Tyler Niespodziany
LP: Chandler Pursell
2B: Joshua Smith (C), Taylor Jones (C), Riley Cartwright (P)