Steve Southard fires a pitch in action against Sanborn on Monday, April 21. The 10-1 win was coach Tom Underwood's 500th career victory. Stephen Greenwood. (click for larger version)
April 28, 2014PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth baseball team continued its strong start to the new season and helped longtime coach Tom Underwood reach an impressive milestone.
With a 10-1 win over Sanborn on Monday, April 21, the Bobcats earned Underwood his 500th career win.
But the veteran coach was more focused on the start his team has had, going to 4-0 with both wins last week.
"It's a real good start for us," Underwood stated. "And this will be a good test for us this week with two quality teams coming in."
Steve Southard had the honor of getting the win in Underwood's 500th victory, as the lefty went the distance on the hill, scattering five hits, walking five and giving up one unearned run, while striking out 11.
The Bobcats wasted little time getting on the board, as they plated five runs in the first inning.
Senior Collin Sullivan got the rally going with a double and after a Chris Comeau walk, a passed ball and stolen base had runners on second and third. Jake Buford promptly doubled both runners home for a 2-0 lead. Silas Murray, Southard and Aaron Evans then worked consecutive walks to force home another run and Sam Slaughter brought home two more runs with a base hit for a 5-0 lead for the Bobcats.
Sanborn got its lone run in the fifth inning and Plymouth then tacked on five more runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Gavin Brickley started the rally with a walk and stole second. John Thomas reached on an error and a double from Buford plated one run. Southard followed with a base hit to drive in two more and base hits from Evans and Sullivan got the remainder of the runs across for the 10-1 final.
Buford was the big hitting star for the day, as he was three-for-four with two runs, two doubles and three RBIs. Sullivan was two-for-four with a run and a double, Southard was one-for-two with two runs and an RBI, Evans was one-for-three with a run and two RBIs and Slaughter was one-for-two with two RBIs.
After three days with no games in the middle of the week, the Bobcats made the trip to Kennett on Friday, April 25, to take on the Eagles and emerged with a 6-1 win.
Jacob Scheinmann got the start on the hill and went five innings, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out two and not surrendering a run. Thomas went an inning and two-thirds, striking out four and walking two. Dylan Donahue came on and surrendered a two-out base hit to plate Kennett's only run in the bottom of the seventh, but he got the final out to close out the game.
Plymouth got on the board in the first inning, as Thomas walked and stole second. After a Buford fielder's choice, a wild pitch allowed Thomas to give Plymouth a 1-0 lead.
The score remained the same until the sixth inning, when the Bobcats added three runs. Buford started the rally with a hit and stole two bases, scoring on a throwing error. Murray then walked and stole two bases as well. After Evans walked, Wade Huke took over on the bases and with both runners running, Gavin Brickley executed a squeeze but, beat the throw the first and both runners scored for the 4-0 lead.
"We had the runners off on the pitch and Wade never stopped," Underwood stated.
Plymouth added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning. Sullivan doubled and a Southard base hit scored the first run of the inning and a Murray base hit plated another. Murray was gunned down at the plate trying to score on a base hit by Donahue to end the inning.
Sullivan banged out three hits, including two doubles on the day while scoring once. Southard was one-for-one with a run and an RBI, Thomas was one-for-two with a run and an RBI, Buford was one-for-four with a run scored, Murray was one-for-three with a run scored, Donahue was one-for-one, Brickley was one-for-three with two RBIs and John Salivonchik was one-for-three.
The Bobcats entered the week tied with Portsmouth at 4-0 atop Division II and will be entertaining Merrimack Valley today, May 1, at 4:30 p.m. and Windham on Friday, May 2, at 4:30 p.m. The boys are on the road Monday, May5, at Laconia and Wednesday, May 7, at Manchester West, both in 4:30 p.m. starts.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org