PLYMOUTH — A win is still a win, even when it isn't pretty, and this one definitely wasn't.
Plymouth blinked last as Triton snapped a 7-7 tie with three unearned runs during a disastrous five-error seventh inning, and the Trojans claimed a 10-7 win at a sloppy, cold and wet contest that featured a combined 16 errors with just four earned runs and 12 extra bases off a total of 10 wild pitches at Bill Nixon Field Friday.
"It wasn't a pretty game. We made mistakes and they made mistakes, and we just happened to make a few more plays at the end and they didn't make a few plays at the end," said Triton head coach Jim Shively. "But it's good that we hung in there and we battled. When we fell behind in the count we were still able to put the ball in play and make them get us out instead of getting ourselves out. That's the key."
The Pilgrims racked up 11 errors to give up seven unearned runs in the game, and the home team was out-hit 7-5 while giving up 10 bases on eight wild pitches by starter Hayden Skirvin, who also walked six with a hit batsman in 4 2/3 innings in his debut on the mound. Reliever Doug Andrews gave up just one hit and no walks in 2 1/3 innings but was credited with the loss taking over on the mound in relief of Skirvin in the top of the fifth.
"No confidence in a lot of our kids," said Plymouth coach Tony Plothow. "If we field the ball we can't throw it; it it's hit to us sometimes we can't even field it, and you're not going to beat anybody — I don't care who you're playing — with 11 errors and five hits and leaving baserunners like we did. I think our only bright spot tonight was Doug Andrews came in and threw strikes but had no support at all behind him. It was an all-around team effort in this loss, that's for sure."
Max Ullery scored the go-ahead run for Triton after reaching on an error on a routine grounder to short when Bryson Mosier reached safely on an error on a line drive to first. Plymouth reliever Doug Andrews induced a fly-out to right and struck the next batter to put two outs on the board. But Cole Creighbaum reached on an error at short that scored Mosier — who had taken second on a throwing error on a pick-off play from home plate — and Creighbaum scored on a throwing error from third when Marc Lindsey put the ball in play for the Trojans to bring the score to its final margin as Plymouth left a runner stranded in the bottom half of the inning.
Plymouth knotted the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the fifth as Chase Peters recorded his second double of the night with a long fly to the center field fence, then took third on a wild pitch and was scored on a ground-out by Connor Flynn.
Triton opened the game with three runs in the top of the first as Lindsey reached on an error at third in the lead-off spot, stole third and scored on a Zak Shively single, while shivery scored on a wild pitch, and Triton winning pitcher Jordan Koontz scored on another error after drawing a walk to put the Trojans up 3-0.
Plymouth answered back with five runs in the bottom of the first as Jacob Seagraves lofted a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence for a grand slam that scored Peters, Richie Luva and Connor Flynn after Peters drove home Damon Howe as the two hit consecutive doubles.
Triton responded in the third with an unearned run by Victor Vuittonet, who reached on an error at third and scored during a double play ball from Ullery to second.
Plymouth stretched its lead back to two runs as Flynn scored on an error at second when Ike Kastner put a ball in play to second, and Triton took a slight 7-6 lead in the fifth as Mosier scored on a wild pitch after a walk, and Creighbaum hit a two-run single to left after Eric Hoffman reached on a single and advanced two bases on wild pitches, and Seth Glingle was hit by a pitch and took second on a wild pitch to put both in scoring position.
Triton stays unbeaten at 2-0 with Friday's win.
"That's where we wanted to be," said Shively. "We knew Plymouth is young this year so we knew this was a chance to get at them, and we had a lot of guys returning. Especially early in the year you catch a young team, that's a good time to get a win on them, but 2-0 feels good. It's nice to get off to a good start."
Plymouth slides to 1-2 with its second consecutive loss after falling to South Bend St. Joseph's on Wednesday.
"We play three games next week, so we've got some things we have to figure out," said Plothow. "Not having Damon (Howe) in our rotation, guys are stepping up and trying to make the rotation, and I thought Doug did a good job tonight. I know Hayden was disappointed in himself not getting ahead of any hitters tonight, but I thought you go up and down the lineup and everybody had a hand in something tonight. We've got to learn from this and go on."
• TRITON 10, PLYMOUTH 7
Triton: 301 030 3 — 10 7 5
Plymouth: 501 010 0 — 7 5 11
Zak Shively, Jordan Koontz (W, 5) and Eric Hoffman; Hayden Skirvin, Doug Andrews (L, 0-1) and Jacob Seagraves
2B: Marc Lindsey (T), Chase Peters (P) 2, Damon Howe (P)
HR: Seagraves (P)
Records: Triton 2-0, Plymouth 1-2.