Sullivan pitches Plymouth past Glenn, 3-2

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth starting pitcher Marissa Sullivan was in the zone last night… the strike zone that is.
The Lady Pilgrim right hander allowed only one hit and two walks to go along with 16 strikeouts in a 3-2 win over the visiting John Glenn Falcons.
Sullivan struck out the side in the first two innings of the game, allowing only one Falcon to reach base safely by a fielding error. She struck out the side two more times in the game, once in the fourth and again in the seventh inning to seal the win for Plymouth.
Plymouth head coach Ed Kelso was not only pleased with his ace on the mound but with his team’s defense in the game as well.
“That was a very good performance by Marissa,” he said. “Obviously we needed that too. We made a few plays behind her when they did hit it. Our defense is getting better each game.”
Defense was also the key to the game for the Falcons.
Starting pitcher Macy Jankowski benefitted from a flawless effort by her teammates and was able to hold Plymouth’s offense in check. She pitched her way out of trouble in the first two innings of the ball game but wasn’t able to get through the third inning unscathed.
Plymouth’s Emilee Keilman led the inning off with a single up the middle. A walk to Morgan O’Neal and a single by April Hampton loaded the bases for the Pilgrims with only one out. Sarah Iwinski knocked Keilman in on a grounder to second base to start the scoring for Plymouth before Jankowski struck out the next Plymouth hitter to end the inning, stranding two runners in scoring position.
The Plymouth bats came alive again in the fifth inning led off by another single from Keilman. After a fly out by Sullivan, O’Neal bunted her way on to first. Some miscommunication by the Falcon defense allowed each runner to move up a base to second and third. Hampton came through with her second hit of the ball game, this time a triple over the centerfielder’s head, to score both runners.
The Falcons answered back in the top of the sixth.
Sullivan gave up back-to-back walks to Sarah Kosinski and Macy Jankowski to start the inning, and Josie Jankowski moved both runners into scoring position with a groundout to second base. John Glenn senior Amanda Bogard came up with John Glenn’s only hit of the game just at the right time as she knocked both runners in with a single up the middle of the infield to cut the Plymouth lead to one.
That is where the score would hold as the Falcon hitters weren’t able to get to Sullivan again in the seventh.
John Glenn head coach Jon Banks wasn’t pleased with the loss but was happy with his team’s effort throughout the game.
“We are a young team and this was probably the fastest pitcher that they have seen,” he said. “We talked about getting a couple runners on because then we have a couple big sticks that can move them around, and that is what we were able to do in the sixth inning. We have definitely improved over the last year.”
John Glenn moves to 1-1 with the loss and the Lady Pilgrims improve to 2-3. The Falcons return to action tonight as they host Elkhart Christian. Plymouth continues its marathon week with a game tonight against Tippecanoe Valley.
At Plymouth
John Glenn: 000 002 0 — 2 1 0
Plymouth: 001 020 x — 3 9 1
Marissa Sullivan (W) and Emilee Keilman; Marcy Jankowski (L) and Amanda Bogard
3B: April Hampton (P)
Records: Plymouth 2-3, John Glenn 1-1