PLYMOUTH – It was a wild game that had a fitting wild ending as Plymouth fell to Concord 15-10 in an NLC game at Bill Nixon Field on Friday.
In a game that saw six home runs and 14 runs scored with two outs, no lead was ever safe and the Pilgrims could manage just one brief one of 6-5 in the fifth.
“The ball flew all over the park, no team could get off the field really,” said Plymouth head coach Ryan Wolfe. “I know several times we had two outs they had two outs and we just couldn’t get off the field. Sometimes it was in our favor but you look at the scoreboard and there was a lot that was not in our favor.
“We were unable to get out of innings when we needed to. We battled back we got a lot of runs but when you keep giving them back runs there was no way to get ahead.”
A home run by Concord’s Nick DeFreese put the Minutemen ahead 2-0 in Concord’s first at bat. They plated two more in the second and another in the third. Plymouth scored two in the second another in the third and took the lead with three two out runs in the fourth 6-5.
It was a short lived lead as Concord came back with five two out runs in the fifth, a homer by Brenden Curry in the sixth and four two outs runs in the seventh. Home runs by Bailey Clark and George Stults along with a two run single by Elijah Nixon in the sixth did little but keep pace.
Stults had a huge night with four hits – two singles, a homer and a double – along with two RBI’s and a run scored. He was matched by Concord’s Stephen Pinarski who had a pair of homers, a double and five RBI’s.
“We hit it all over the park,” said Wolfe. “We spent a lot of time working on hitting last night. For the first 15 games we pitched very well. It was one of those nights where it came back to making the pitch you need to and getting off the field. You get two outs and you have to get the next guy.”
In spite of giving up seven runs and 15 hits, Concord starter Matt Williams got the next guy out often enough to take the win.
Plymouth at 8-8 now will head to tomorrow’s Plymouth Tourney at Bill Nixon Field with an 11 o’clock game against Penn.
Concord 2 2 0 1 5 1 4 15-15-1
Plymouth 0 2 1 3 1 3 0 10-19-4
WP – Williams. LP – Frantz. HR – DeFreese C, Pinarski 2 C, Curry C, Clark (P), Stults (P). 2B – Nixon (P), Drudge (P), Stults (P), Dyrcz (P), Pinarski C, Vernon C.– Rusty Nixon