WARSAW — A good weekend turned into a blue Monday for Plymouth’s Pilgrims as they took the road to Warsaw to fall to the Tigers (9-7) by a 7-1 final in an NLC battle.
Splitting games in their annual weekend tourney with Ft. Wayne Wayne and Penn had Plymouth feeling good about heading into a long week of games, but Warsaw pitcher Jason Ferguson made that good feeling go away with a masterful performance on the mound for the Tigers.
Ferguson struck out seven Pilgrims and surrendered just three hits on the night to take his fourth win of the season. Mixing his fastball with an outstanding offspeed selection kept Plymouth off-balance for most of the night.
“We said early on all he has is a curveball, but that’s really about all he needed tonight,” said Plymouth head coach Ryan Wolfe. “When he did throw his fastball we had our bat on our shoulder a little too much. They came to play and it’s not going to get any easier the rest of this week.”
While Ferguson took care of the Plymouth bats, his own team was able to solve Plymouth starter Joe Dragani, who took his first loss of the year.
“I thought Joey pitched well enough to keep us in the ballgame tonight,” said Wolfe. “He had some pitches down in the zone that they went down and got them pretty good. One run isn’t going to do a lot though.”
And that was all the Pilgrims (7-11) could muster off of a weekend performance that saw them collect good at-bats against solid pitching.
“I told the kids out there I don’t know how focused we were tonight,” said Wolfe. “Getting off the bus tonight I don’t know how focused we were. I don’t think that’s the way we are normally after a tough stretch, but I just don’t think we came ready to play tonight.”
Riley Cartwright had Plymouth’s only RBI on the night. Elijah Nixon and Jacob Frantz had the team’s other singles.
The week gets no easier with a make up game with Triton’s Trojans coming to Bill Nixon Field on Tuesday night and Goshen coming to town on Wednesday.
“We’re going to throw Cody Gamble,” Wolfe said of his starter for Tuesday night. “We spent some time with him in the bullpen the other night and we have all the confidence in the world with him. We’re stretched thin but at this point in the year it’s about stepping it up and getting it done.”
• WARSAW 7, PLYMOUTH 1
Plymouth: 001 000 0 — 1 3 2
Warsaw: 022 300 x — 7 9 0
Jason Ferguson (W, 4-1) and Jared Lemler; Joey Dragani (L, 2-1), Levi Schuler (6), and Elijah Nixon.
2B: Jason Ferguson (W), Michael Miller (W).
HR: Caleb Moneyheffer (W).