SYRACUSE — Plymouth’s Pilgrims made it three in a row — this time a come from behind NLC win on the road at Wawasee (3-14) by an 11-6 final.
Falling behind early, the Pilgrims rallied late and a big three-run sixth — spurred by RBIs from Jacob Frantz, Justin Drudge and Blake Milliser — pushed them ahead to stay. A four-run seventh put the exclamation point on the win.
“We got down 6-2 in the fourth. We battled. I thought we had some great at-bats where we battled early, were able to put some runs on,” said Plymouth head coach Ryan Wolfe. “I knew one run wasn’t going to be enough there.”
Wolfe proved prophetic as the Pilgrims overcame a solid start from Wawasee’s Nate Hare, who left the game with a lead in the fifth. Warrior relievers couldn’t hold the Pilgrims charge. Reliever Jordan Currie gave up four runs and Andrew Milligan gave up four more in relief of him.
Meanwhile Plymouth reliever Cody Gamble was close to unhittable in his three-inning stint relieving Joe Dragani in taking the win.
“Cody came in there; I thought Joey (Dragani) pitched well,” said Wolfe. “He had that one inning where we threw the ball around a little bit, but Cody came on when he was called upon, and that’s what it is all about. Stepping up when you’re called upon.”
Gamble gave up just two hits in his three innings, striking out five. Meanwhile the Pilgrims were making up for some early miscues on defense.
“As long as we limit the number of runs,” said Wolfe “If we can make some mistakes and limit the number of runs we’re going to be in good shape. I knew we’d get some more runs, and we did a good job of getting on base and driving them in.”
The Pilgrims (10-11) continue to build the kind of habits that could pay dividends as the season moves on.
“I like that we are having that good attitude and believing in each other,” said Wolfe. “Thinking that that guy on the mound, I’ve got his back, we’re going to make plays behind him, and those guys on the mound realizing that these guys are going to make plays for me.
“We’re having a lot of confidence at the plate. It takes all 13 whether you start or whether you’re a defensive replacement. It’s about knowing the situation when you’re on the bench and get that call and go in and execute.”
Plymouth will be at Coveleski Stadium Saturday morning to play South Bend Clay.
• PLYMOUTH 11, WAWASEE 6
Plymouth: 200 023 4 — 11 11 4
Wawasee: 201 300 0 — 6 9 2
Joe Dragani, Cody Gamble (W 2-1) and Elijah Nixon; Nate Hale, Jordan Currie (L 1-2), Andrew Milligan and Nate Prescott.
2B: Brayden Davidson (P), Blake Milliser (P), Patrick Navarro (W).