Plymouth baseball falls on the road at Northridge, 6-3
MIDDLEBURY — Plymouth’s Pilgrims were on a roll but couldn’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 couldn’t put together enough runs to out do the pitching and hitting of the Raiders at home.
“I told the guys in the last inning let’s get the tying run to the plate and we did that,” said Plymouth head coach Ryan Wolfe. “We just couldn’t shut the door and get over the hump. We couldn’t get an inning where everything went right. Up here they are going to make you pay for mistakes and they did that.”
Each time the Raiders were able to jump out in front of Plymouth starter Brayden Davidson he was able to minimize the damage and keep it to one, until the sixth when the Raiders broke through for two that would pretty much decide the contest, adding an insurance run in the sixth off reliever Cody Gamble.
“He (Davidson) battled and left a lot of guys on base,” said Wolfe. “He made a lot of big pitches when he had to and that’s what you have to do. They are a good fastball hitting team and they hit some pretty good pitches well I thought.”
Outhit 12 to 6 by the Raiders, Plymouth made the most of every opportunity to score they were able to get but it wouldn’t be enough in the end.
“We scored when we had opportunities to do that,” said Wolfe. “We could have gotten another hit here and there to score even more.”
“We gave them a couple of things and when you give a team like that anything they take advantage of it. It was a close game and I thought it would be. We get them at home later in the season and it’s probably going to be a pivotal game.”
The Pilgrims answered each Northridge score with one of their one through the fifth but the pitching — and hitting of Northridge starter Andy Ross was too much. He struck out six Piilgrims on his way to the win giving way to right hander Travis Miller who shut the Pilgrims out in the sixth and seventh. Ross also had three hits in the game including a double.
Blake Milliser had a double, and RBI and scored a run for the Pilgrims. Justin Drudge tripled and Brandon Milligan had a pair of hits.
“They threw a couple balls away and we took advantage of that but it is what it is,” said Wolfe. “They don’t beat themselves. They played a good ball game and came out on top.”
• NORTHRIDGE 6, PLYMOUTH 3
Plymouth 010 110 0 — 3 6 4
Northridge 101 120 x — 6 12 1
WP – Ross. LP – Davidson.
3B – Drudge (P). 2B – Carson (N), Ross (N), Milliser (P).