Glenn takes win over Pilgrims, 9-2
PLYMOUTH — As usual it was a playoff atmosphere at Bill Nixon Field for a match-up between Plymouth and John Glenn Friday.
The Pilgrims hope that it wasn’t a preview of next week’s sectional opener as they fell to the rival Falcons, 9-2.
The Pilgrims kept pace answering a pair of unearned third inning Glenn runs with a sac fly from George Stults and an RBI single from Elijah Nixon in the fourth. The floodgates came open in the Glenn fifth with a two-run double from Justin Giorlowski and a mammoth two-run homer from David Jawerski, and that would be enough for the Falcons.
“I think we were right on the pitcher, one through nine we’ve been putting the bat on the ball,” said Plymouth head coach Ryan Wolfe. “In the first inning we had that error that gave them two and we came back but it’s that next inning — that very next inning — can make or break a ball game. Tonight that’s what happened.”
“There’s a sectional atmosphere, and that’s what we needed,” said Glenn boss John Nadolny. “I know Wednesday is going to be a different ballgame, it’s going to be a tight ballgame, but we’re going to keep playing the game we’re playing and hope we keep getting guys on and moving them over and getting the pitching we’ve been getting.”
Plymouth’s bats struggled to find an answer to Falcon starter Mark Einhorn. After the two-run fourth the Pilgrims could manage just two more hits and had only five on the night.
“Mark is really blossoming as a senior pitcher,” said Nadolny. “He was really pumped and up in the zone a little bit and Plymouth is going to kill a mistake, but he kept us in the ball game and I thought we had a real well-rounded game tonight. The last week we’ve really hit stride. We came out and swung the bats pretty well. It’s been a really good solid baseball week for us. We had a 4-0 week.”
Glenn was able to tack on three more in the sixth with Kyle Liedtky’s double — the big blow — and ride its bats to the win.
“When our pitchers worked ahead we were okay,” said Wolfe. “When we got behind and had to throw fastballs in hitters counts, we had trouble. We’re going to have to pitch those guys better next week or they’re going get some hits again. That’s what it’s about — putting together a solid full game. That’s what I hope we can do here tomorrow and Monday and be ready come Wednesday.”
A pair of doubles by Blake Milliser and Brayden Davidson each were the highlight of the Pilgrim offense.
Plymouth (11-15) takes on Boone Grove at Bill Nixon Field on Saturday. Glenn is now 17-8 on the year.
• JOHN GLENN 9, PLYMOUTH 0
Glenn: 002 043 0 — 9 9 0
Plymouth: 000 200 0 2 5 2
Mark Einhorn (W, 5-2) and David Jaworski; Riley Cartwright (L, 0-5), Cody Gamble (5), George Stults (6), and Elijah Nixon.
HR: David Jawerski (G).
2B: Blake Milliser 2 (P), Brayden Davidson 2 (P), Justin Giorlowski (G).