Warsaw hands Plymouth second loss in two days, 2-1
PLYMOUTH — For the second straight day Plymouth and Warsaw faced off on the baseball field and each day had the same result — a Pilgrim loss.
The Tigers’ pitching staff was excellent, holding Plymouth to only five hits and one run in the contest, a 2-1 Northern Lakes Conference loss.
The lone Pilgrim run came in the sixth inning off the bat of Jacob Seagraves. A leadoff walk to Chase Peters and a sacrifice bunt by Joe Knapp set the table for Seagraves. He grounded an Austin Moore breaking ball between the shortstop and third base and a hustling Peters just beat the throw to score.
Plymouth only had a couple other opportunities to score but couldn’t get a timely hit to drive the run home until the sixth.
Plymouth starting pitcher Jordan Scheetz did his best to keep the Warsaw offense under control. The senior lefty went the distance in the loss, allowing only four Tiger hits while striking out three.
“We wasted a good pitching performance tonight,” head coach Tony Plothow said after the game. “Jordan made a couple mistakes and left a few pitches up in the zone. Both runs scored on two-out hits. I don’t know if we just relaxed, but they came up with two big hits there.”
The first Warsaw run came in the sixth inning.
Scheetz gave up a leadoff double to Brock Anson. He moved up to third base on a line drive back up the middle by Brady Ousely that Scheetz was able to knock down and throw over to first to get the out. The Tigers tried a suicide squeeze to score the run in the next at-bat. Kyle Morris bunted the ball successfully but the ball hit his foot while he was running to first base. The play resulted in a dead ball out and Anson had to return to third base. He scored on the next pitch on a double over the head of Plymouth center fielder Peters.
The second and winning Tiger run came in the top of the seventh. This time a leadoff walk to Shay Hepler led to the score. Kyle Gibbs tried to sacrifice Hepler to second base but fouled off two bunts attempts and missed on the third for the first out of the inning. Jared Lemler finally did get a bunt down to advance the runner to second base but was thrown out at first for the second out of the inning. Warsaw’s leadoff hitter came through with a line drive that Peters dove after but couldn’t make the catch, and Hepler scored on the play.
The Pilgrims had a chance to tie or win the game in the seventh. With two outs in the inning Hayden Skirvin hit a soft liner to left for a single. He was replaced at first base by pinch runner Jacob Frantz. Blake Milliser drew a walk to put runners at first and second. Peters stepped to the plate and battled through a seven pitch at-bat before finally grounding to second base for the final out of the game.
“We had the right guy up again.” Plothow said of the final inning situation. “Hayden had a big hit and Milliser had a good at-bat. Chase is our hottest hitter right now, and that is who we want up there in that situation. He’s been carrying us the last week and a half offensively. He battled but wasn’t able to get the big hit tonight.”
Plymouth drops to 9-10 on the season and 5-5 in the Northern Lakes Conference with the loss. The Pilgrims travel to Goshen for another league contest before returning home again on Friday to face the Wawasee Warriors.
• WARSAW 2, PLYMOUTH 1
Warsaw: 000 001 1 – 2 4 1
Plymouth: 000 001 0 – 1 5 3
Jordan Scheetz (L) and Jacob Seagraves; Austin Moore, Kyle Gibbs (6, W), Austin Frantzen (7, S) and Jared Lemler
2B: Brock Anson (W), Kyle Morris (W), Austin Moore (W), Justin Drudge (P)
3B: Jason Ferguson (W)
Records: Plymouth 9-10 (5-5 NLC); Warsaw 10-9 (5-5 NLC)