Upperclassmen lead Pilgrims in Senior Night win vs Glenn
PLYMOUTH — Seventeen at-bats, eight runs, eight hits, eight runs batted in, five singles, two doubles and a home run.
That was the combined stat line for Plymouth’s six senior baseball players in their narrow 10-9 win against John Glenn on Senior Night Friday.
“The upperclassmen stepped up when we needed to tonight,” said Plymouth senior Connor Flynn. “We have faced some adversity this season and with adversity comes opportunity, and we want to use that to lead our team into the sectionals.”
In a preview of sectional action slated for next Thursday at Plymouth, the Pilgrims topped the Falcons in what was similar to a sectional atmosphere at Bill Nixon Field.
The Falcons jumped on the board early.
Josh Anderson led the game off with a liner to second base that was misplayed by Trent Briles. He stole second base and scored a batter later when Tommy Knape drove a triple to the fence in right field. Knape scored moments later on a wild pitch by Plymouth starter Riley Cartwright.
Plymouth answered in the bottom of the inning with a run of its own.
Chase Peters singled off the glove of Glenn pitcher Michael Holderread. Joe Knapp bunted him to second base, and he scored on a double to deep right field by Flynn.
Glenn stretched the lead back to two in the second.
Jon Stewart led off the inning with a ground ball single that hit the lip of the infield and hopped over the head of the Plymouth shortstop. Walks to Kyle Liedtky and Drew McDonald loaded the bases for the Falcons with only one out. Anderson scored Stewart on a fielder’s choice to short to put Glenn up 3-1.
Plymouth came back with five runs to take the lead in the bottom of the second, however.
A throwing error by third baseman Stewart allowed Hayden Skirvin to reach safely at first base. Cole Mann walked, and Jordan Scheetz hit a soft ground ball down the line at third base and beat the throw to load the bases with nobody out. Peters came through for the Pilgrims with a double to the left center gap that scored all three runners and advanced to third base on the throw to the plate. He scored in the next at-bat on a groundout to short by Knapp. With two outs, Flynn smashed an 0-2 pitch over the right field fence to end the scoring in the inning for Plymouth.
Glenn came right back with one more run in the third.
Justin Gierlowski started the inning with a single down the line at first that took a bad hop and hit the Plymouth first baseman in the shoulder. Charlie Dreessen doubled to deep center field to put runners at second and third with no outs. Cartwright, walked the next Glenn hitter to load the bases. Kyle Liedtky drove Gierlowski in with a sacrifice fly to center to cut the Pilgrim lead to one run.
Plymouth padded its lead with a pair of runs in the fifth.
Flynn singled up the middle, and Ike Kastner put runners at first and third with a single to right. Cartwright helped his own cause with a single through the hole on the left side of the infield to score Flynn. Skirvin drove Kastner home with a line drive to left to put the Pilgrims up 8-4.
Glenn wasn’t going to go down easy, though.
The Falcons scored five runs with two outs in the top of the sixth to regain the lead. Plymouth reliever Myles Scott gave up a lead off single to pinch hitter Austin Bloss. Gierlowski singled town the first base line once again to put runners at the corners with two outs. Dreessen hit a ground ball to third base that should have ended the scoring threat for the Falcons, but the ball bounced off of Knapp’s chest allowing him to drive in Bloss and put runners at first and second base. Scott loaded the bases by walking David Jaworski in the next at-bat. Plymouth brought in Joe Dragani to replace Scott on the mound and Stewart welcomed him in with a two-run double to right center field, scoring Gierlowski and Dreessen. Liedtky hit a high fly ball to right center in the next at-bat that bounced out of the mitt of Jordan Scheetz in right field to score the other two Glenn runs in the inning and give the Falcons the 9-8 lead.
But Plymouth’s seniors weren’t going to be denied in the bottom half of the inning. Blake Milliser pinch hit for Scheetz and walked to lead off the inning. Peters laid down a bunt that was fielded by Glenn’s Stewart. He threw to second base to try to get the lead runner out, but his throw pulled the Glenn fielder off the bag and both runners were safe. Knapp bunted to move both runners up a base to second and third with one out, and Flynn drove both runs home with a single to right field to give Plymouth the lead for good at 10-9.
Plymouth was led by a 4-for-4, four-RBI performance by Flynn, and Peters added two hits of his own to help the Pilgrim cause.
Gierlowski and Stewart had a pair of hits each for the Falcons.
Glenn coach John Nadolny wasn’t pleased with his team’s defensive efforts but knows that his team will bounce back when they see Plymouth again on Thursday in the sectional.
“We shot ourselves in the foot,” he said. “We did enough offensively, we left a lot of guys on base again, but when you score nine runs you should win a ball game. We make a few plays, and we would have won it.”
Plymouth and Glenn each have some regular season games left, but it is their rematch on Thursday that is on the minds of both coaches.
“There are going to be some different pitchers on the mound,” Nadolny said. “I know they saved Scheetz tonight. We are likely to throw somebody else as well. It is going to come down to who can score of the other’s pitching. It is going to be a different ball game.”
Plothow echoed his thoughts.
“I think it will be different next time,” he said. “We are going to see some different pitching and both teams are going to be ready to go at each other for sectionals.”
• PLYMOUTH 10, JOHN GLENN 9
Glenn: 211 005 0 – 9 8 3
Plymouth: 150 022 x – 10 10 3
Riley Cartwright, Myles Scott (4), Joe Dragani (6, W) and Jacob Seagraves; Michael Holderread, Tyler Niespodziany (3, L) and Charlie Dreessen.
2B: Chase Peters (P), Connor Flynn (P), Charlie Dreessen (G)
3B: Tommy Knape (G)
HR: Flynn (P)
Records: Plymouth 12-14, Glenn 16-11