The Pilgrims improved to 4-2 on the season last night thanks to 7 innings of shutout baseball by Senior hurler Ricky Luva. He struck out 6 Elkart Memorial hitters, walking no one on his way to a 4-0 NLC win over the Chargers.
“Ricky pitched well. The number I liked….no walks! You have to have confidence in your defense and despite the 2 errors behind him, we made the plays.”, said Head Coach Tony Plothow.
An example of big plays came early in the 2nd inning. 2 straight hits by Jordan Hinton and Brody Rosenburg put runners on the corners and no outs. Luva needed to get at least one out himself, and did when Parker Devenney popped out to Plymouth catcher Kyle Cartwright. Then a strike out and caught stealing ended Memorials chance of getting on the board.
“That was a huge play early. Luva really concentrated and made some real good pitches in that sequence of hitters. Cartwright’s throw was on the money and we get out of the inning. We made the plays we needed to. That’s why we won.”, added Plothow.
Plymouth scored 3 of their 4 runs on 4 Ben Brewer wild pitches in the third inning. Chase Peters brought home his 5th RBI of the season with a single in the fifth inning, spearheaded by a lead-off double by Damon Howe.
Plymouth now 4-2 on the season, will get ready for another conference match-up at Bill Nixon Field this Wednesday afternoon when Concord comes to town. WTCA Pre-Game Show around 4:45pm.
“It’s a big week for us….mostly our pitching staff. The game today. Concord Wednesday. At Logansport on Thursday. At Warsaw on Friday, then back home vs Laporte Saturday afternoon. This week will be a measuring stick for us on how well can be as a ballclub.”, said Plothow.