Plymouth outlasts Goshen in 17

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth’s Pilgrims and the Goshen Redskins started out trying to beat the rain for an NLC game at Bill Nixon Field on Monday night. In the end they were trying to beat the dawn.
When Brandon Milligan’s RBI single to right drove home Jarrod Ellis with the Pilgrims the winning run in a 3-2 final, it was after 10 p.m. and 17 innings after the start. The bottom line was 17 innings of outstanding pitching that resulted in 14 scoreless innings and 17 combined strikeouts from five pitchers in the game.
Plymouth starter Joe Dragani was nothing short of fantastic, and he was matched pitch by pitch by Goshen starter Deric Haynes. Neither was even close to the win as Plymouth brought in Joe Smith to relieve Dragani in the eighth and then Bailey Clark in the ninth. Goshen countered with Jorge Pizano. Ten innnings later it was Pizano and Clark — both nearly perfect — dueling for the win.
Goshen appeared to have it with a run in the top of the 17th off Clark with Cody Gamble relieving the big right hander. Pizano got two quick outs in the 17th, but an error on a ground ball by Blake Milliser led to a dramatic two-out two-strike hit by Plymouth pinch hitter Elijah Nixon to score Milliser with the tying run and another two strike hit by Milligan that was the game winner.
“The resiliance of my kids — it’s about scrapping and battling, and I would like to think a little bit of Saturday (a comback win over LaPorte) carried over,” said Plymouth coach Ryan Wolfe. “It was a long game but when you win it makes it all worth it.”

For the full story, read Tuesday's edition of the Pilot News.