Brayden Davidson went the distance, striking out six and not walking a batter in taking his second win of the season. He got plenty of support as the Pilgrims put up 10 hits in getting 13 runs on the board in a game that they never trailed.
“It’s what I wanted to see,” said Plymouth head coach Ryan Wolfe. “You look at our schedule and there’s some games that are going to be tough and some games we should win. We don’t take anything for granted but tonight I think we really showed the way we can play.”
In addition the Pilgrim defense didn’t make an error behind Davidson as he held the Zebras to just three hits. The lone Rochester run came in the second inning. Scoring early and often was a point of emphasis to the Plymouth boss after a tough outing against St. Joe on Monday night.
“I was glad we jumped on them early,” said Wolfe. “They are definitely young with a lot of kids with potential. A team like that you have to get on them early and Brayden really went after hitters. We were talking about getting some guys some work in the fifth but we really want to kind of extend his innings and see where he’s at going into the conference season.”
Leading 4-1 in the second, Wolfe was able to get a teaching point across to his team who responded in solid form.
“We talk about extending the lead,” he said. “When it was 4-1 we talked about getting a crooked number up there and we got seven. It’s one of the things we emphasize and our kids responded to that.”
Caleb Mikesell had a pair of hits and RBI’s, Davidson helped his own cause with three RBI’s, Jeremy Drudge drove in a pair of runs and Spencer Mae-Croft had a pair of hits for the Pilgrims.
“I was a little concerned coming in with the fastball we’ve been seeing maybe popping things up but I think we stayed balanced well and put some good swings on the ball,” said Wolfe. “We hit balls on the ground and found some holes, hit the ball hard, and that’s really what we try to do. As we get into the conference season we’re going to see some guys that bring it a little bit harder and gear up for them. Some of our guys swing hard and I was concerned about popping the ball up but they did a good job of staying behind the ball.”
The Pilgrims move to 2-1 on the year with Rochester falling to 0-2. Plymouth will be at home against Triton on Thursday and will have a make up game at home on Saturday with South Central in a night game, starting at 6 p.m at Bill Nixon Field.
Rochester 0 1 0 0 0 1-3-3
Plymouth 2 2 7 2 – 13-10-0
WP – Brayden Davidson (2-0). LP – Aaron Brooks (0-2).