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May 9th, 2014
Plymouth takes 1st NLC loss
Plymouth suffered its first Northern Lakes Conference loss of the year with a 4-1 defeat on the road at Northridge Thursday.
Plymouthâ€™s lone win came at 3 singles, where Jessica Stillson beat Chase Kieper 6-3, 6-1.
At 2 doubles, Libbie Portteus and Lanae Singleton won their first set via a 10-8 tiebreak but ultimately fell in a razor-thin 6-7 (8-10), 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) decision. Similarly, at 1 doubles, Savannah Mae and Ellen Smith won a 12-game first set but couldnâ€™t hold on against Courtney Clark and Emily Erekson, ultimately falling 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
PLYMOUTH â€” In a battle of first-place NLC contenders it was Elkhart Memorial coming away the big winner Wednesday night at Bill Nixon Field, taking a 7-1 win over Plymouth.
The game turned out to have even more significance as Wawasee picked up their first NLC win over Warsaw putting the Chargers in sole possession â€” for the moment â€” of the top slot in the conference with a 6-2 record. Plymouth, NorthWood and Warsaw stand at 5-3, Northridge is a half game off the pace at 4-2.
Lady Pilgrims fall 10-5
It was an eventful start to the second round of conference as Plymouth traveled to face the Chargers of Elkhart Memorial. The Lady Pilgrims ultimately fell 10-5.
The game began with Plymouth knocking on the door, but Elkhart made the plays they needed to and thus kept Bailey Hatfield from scoring on a potential RBI double from Hayley Brown. Elkhart retaliated and managed to score five runs in the first inning. Both teams continued to put the bat on the ball, but the defense kept the game in check through innings two and three.
PLYMOUTH â€” With an unbeaten conference record on the line, Plymouthâ€™s seniors gave the rest of the Lady Pilgrims lineup a pep talk prior to their meet with Goshen Tuesday.
They must have taken it to heart because the squad played some of its best tennis of the season en route to a 3-2 victory over fellow unbeaten Northern Lakes Conference team Goshen at home at Centennial Park.
â€śWe talked a little bit about it yesterday, about how good Goshen is. Our seniors really stepped up and got the kids ready to play,â€ť said Plymouth head coach Brad Haeck.
Lady Pilgrims win 2
Plymouthâ€™s girls track team earned a pair of Northern Lakes Conference victories over visiting NorthWood and Northridge Tuesday night.
Libby Read, Rachel Crawford, Abby Patrick and Allie Wright won the 3200 relay, Sammi Davis, Lexi Mahabeer, Megan Maxwell and Nastia Daven won the 400 relay, and Read, Crawford, Wright and Alex Drummond won the 1600 relay as the Lady Pilgrims swept the three relay races.
MIDDLEBURY â€” Plymouthâ€™s Pilgrims were on a roll but couldnâ€™t maintain it as they dropped a tough 6-3 decision on the road at Northridge on Monday night.
On a four game win streak and 5-0 on the road for the year, the Pilgrims fought from behind all night long but couldnâ€™t put together enough runs to out do the pitching and hitting of the Raiders at home.
Tritonâ€™s Mallorie Jennings earned three wins inside the circle, went 6-for-10 at the plate and surpassed her 600th career strikeout over the course of last week.
Glennâ€™s Tyler Prentkowski shot a 76 to beat out the rest of the field at Mystic Hills by four strokes and win the individual title at the Marshall County Meet Saturday.
CULVER â€” All things must end.
After six straight Marshall County Tournament Championships, Triton finally relinquished its hold on the county trophy Saturday, as Glenn carded a 340 to beat out the defending-champion Trojans by 11 strokes and take the tourney hardware home to Walkerton.
Bremen was third behind Triton with a 359, LaVille was fourth with a 364, CMA placed fifth with a 369, and host Culver Community rounded out the field with a 399 at Mystic Hills in Culver.
BREMEN â€” Bremen senior Joey Atkins has signed a letter of intent to attend Bethel College, where he will continue his basketball career.
During his senior season at Bremen High School, Atkins was named captain and Most Valuable Player while leading the Lions in points, assists and 3-point percentage.