With the Sectionals looming in a couple of days at Bill Nixon Field, the Plymouth Pilgrims needed to make their final regular season game count against a struggling Knox team. That’s exactly what Plymouth did beating the Redskins 13-3 in 6 innings.
“We got out early in the first inning 3-0, but surrendered 2 a half inning later. Other than giving up two quick runs and felt our kids played well.”, said Head Coach Tony Plothow.
The Pilgrims flexed their offensive muscle scoring 13 runs off 15 hits. The run scoring came in “bulk” as Plymouth scored 3 runs in the 1st inning; 4 in the 3rd thanks to a Jacob Seagraves 3 run Homerun; 1 run in the 4th; 5 in the bottom of the 6th.
“I was pleased to see us get the the “timely” hits to keep innings alive offensively. Seagraves getting a homerun, Chase Peters double in the 4th. And then Houston (Hodges) setting the table in the 6th with a lead-off bunt single which sparked the next seven hitters to reach base.”, said Plothow.
Senior Damon Howe pitched 4 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, 0 walks and 7 strikeouts.
“It was an outing we needed from him. And we wanted to be careful not to overtax his arm. It was only his second time on the mound in just over a week and he looked good. We liked how his fastball had velocity & location. And Damon becomes important come sectionals for us, because he could be a solid third starter or a closer.”, added Plothow.
Senior Richie Luva finished the game on the bump for Plymouth. He went 2 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits.
Every Pilgrim reached base at one time or another off Knox pitching. Damon Howe was helping his own cause getting 3 hits (single, double, Homerun), just missing the cycle in his last at bat when he tried to stretch a double into a triple.
“I thought was going to have to ask the umpire for timeout to give Damon a breather when he rounded secondbase trying for his triple.”, said Coach Plothow jokingly.
The Pilgrims will get ready for New Prairie on Thursday night (Game 2) around 7:45pm.