Pilgrims come back for win vs LaPorte
PLYMOUTH — Plymouth’s Pilgrims made it two in a row, taking a home win on Saturday afternoon over the LaPorte Slicers by an 8-5 final.
Not as dramatic as the Pilgrim’s bottom of the seventh comeback over Warsaw on Friday, it was a come from behind nonetheless as Plymouth starter Levi Schuler and reliever Jacob Frantz surrendered five to the Slicers in innings two, three and four. A Plymouth fifth inning explosion plated five, and then it was all Braydon Davidson.
Davidson came on to pitch three nearly perfect innings to close the game (his only base runner a Francis Silfa double) and take his first varsity win. It was in relief of Plymouth starter Levi Schuler, who courageously made it through three innings after a scalding line drive off the bat of LaPorte’s Blake Arnett caught him in the thigh.
“He was all set to go,” said Plymouth coach Ryan Wolfe. “He was mad when I went out there (to take him out of the game); he was disappointed. He gave us what he could give us, and Braydon did a great job of coming in and shutting the door. He gave us what he could.”
Davidson helped himself with a perfect bunt in the sixth that landed him on first base and allowed him to score the Pilgrims’ eighth run in that frame. Plymouth plated three on Justin Drudge’s sac fly and Riley Cartwright’s RBI single. It was enough for the win.
“I credit our guys with hanging in and battling,” said Wolfe. “Give credit to our offense; we finally got some bunts down. We finally got some breaks that we’ve been giving other people. Put the ball in play, and things will happen. That’s what we did.”
“We’re on the right track and as team’s see us playing a little better we’re going to get their best ,and we want that. We need to take these two into conference play next week.”
Plymouth (4-5) heads into a Monday game at Goshen. LaPorte is now 5-7.
• PLYMOUTH 8, LAPORTE 5
LaPorte: 012 200 0 — 5 6 0
Plymouth: 000 503 x — 8 6 4
Levi Schuler, Jacob Frantz (4), Braydon Davidson (5, W, 1-1) and Elijah Nixon; Evan Miller, (L) Ben Saliwanchik and Matt Pritz.
2B: Francis Silfa (LP), Justin Drudge (P).
HR: Saliwanchik (LP).