BREMEN — After a disappointing home loss to Triton last Friday, the Pilgrims were hoping for a strong showing this week.
They’re off to a good start.
Plymouth scored four runs in the top of the first and added on scores in all but two innings, while junior lefty Jordan Scheetz scattered five hits for two runs in five frames of work on the mound as the Pilgrims beat Bremen 12-4 on the road Wednesday.
It was Plymouth’s second road victory in two games after a win at Rochester Tuesday night.
“We were hoping to have a good week, talking about it after Friday night’s game and a little bit Saturday morning,” said Plymouth head coach Tony Plothow. “Tonight’s game, Jordan Scheetz threw a lot of pitches in the first two innings. We didn’t make a routine play behind him a couple times early on, but he got out of a couple situations that we put him in and that he put himself in. He wiggled out of three innings in a row with runners in scoring position, so we were real happy there and then we started hitting the ball.”
The Pilgrims scratched out four runs in the top of the first as Houston Hodges was hit by a pitch and stole second and third and scored on a Connor Flynn single to right. Damon Howe — in his first outing back in the field after serving as DH with an injured arm in Plymouth’s first four games — drove in Flynn on a grounder to second, Kyle Cartwright doubled, and Chase Peters lofted a two-run homer to put the visitors up 4-0 early.
“We struggled in the top of the first,” said Bremen head coach Bo Hundt. “We’ve got the guy 0-2, lead-off hitter, hit the guy. He gets to second, they do a hit-and-run, and they hit a line drive right at the first baseman. If he catches that ball it’s a double play; they don’t score four runs that first inning.”
Hodges went 3 of 4 at the plate for Plymouth, reaching four times and scratching out runs on each occasion, while Flynn went 3 for 5 with four RBI, a double and a run scored. Peters finished with three RBI and two runs scored in the five spot for Plymouth, meanwhile.
“Houston Hodges made some things happen for us on the bases. Connor Flynn had a real good night,” said Plothow. “We had some runners in scoring position where all we had to do was put the bat on the ball... Good situational hitting, and that’s a credit to our guys getting on base and making some things happen.”
Bremen put up nine hits to Plymouth’s 11 but couldn’t find the timely hit on multiple occasions. The Lions left six runners stranded in scoring position in the first three frames, including runners on second and third with less than two outs in both the second and third.
“I think that was the biggest thing is the first three innings we didn’t have trouble getting on base, it was just a matter of getting a timely hit and getting that run in,” said Hundt.
After Peters scored a run off a walk and an error at short to put Plymouth up 12-2 in the top of the sixth, Bremen batters kept the home team alive as Sean Knepper singled and was driven home on a Nate Leeper single to cut the Pilgrims’ lead to nine.
Knepper went 3 for 4 with a pair of runs in the lead-off slot for Bremen, while Tyler Johnson finished 2 for 3 with an RBI. Bremen freshman pitcher Jacob Bennitt took the loss but threw a solid game, giving up five hits with three walks in 3 2/3 innings.
With its 2-0 start to the week on the road, Plymouth returns home to face Argos Friday.
“We’re hoping to have a nice week,” Plothow said. “That was our goal — it always is — and now we’re hoping to get enough done to get us through Friday’s game and we can continue on.”
• PLYMOUTH 12, BREMEN 4
Plymouth: 422 031 0 — 12 11 3
Bremen: 200 001 1 — 4 9 2
Jordan Scheetz (W), Doug Andrews (6) and Kyle Cartwright; Jesse Glingle, Jacob Bennitt (2, L), Sean Knepper (6), Eric Knepper (7) and Tyler Johnson.
2B: Damon Howe (P), Cartwright (P), Tyler Coffel (B)
3B: Connor Flynn (P)
HR: Chase Peters (P)