"I will go to battle with my entire team," Plymouth coach T.J. Carlin said. "We only had 10 guys and I will go to battle with whatever 10 guys I have on any given day."

Plymouth (11-1) got off to a solid start by scoring three runs in the top of the first inning, with the big hit being a two-run double to left field by starting pitcher Dave Janus.

After that, Nanticoke starter Jon Kaminski settled down by only allowing one hit over the next three innings. Nanticoke took advantage by scoring four times in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-3 lead as Pete Bedford, A.J. Albee, Josh Blaine and George Jones all had run-scoring singles.

"They are a scrappy team over there," Carlin said about Nanticoke. "George (Graboske) told me before the game that they were short on pitching. If they had more pitching, they probably would have beaten us."

"I don't normally start and I haven't pitched in a while so my pitches weren't going where I wanted them to go," said Janus, who was also 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead Plymouth's offense.

After Nanticoke (4-8) took the 5-3 lead, Plymouth came right back in the top of the fifth with four runs to regain the lead, 7-5. Janus, Al Clocker and Sean Toole accounted for three of those runs with RBI singles.

But in the bottom of the fifth, Nanticoke answered back and tied the game when Albee, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI, knocked home Jesse Stine; and Bedford scored on a wild pickoff attempt by Clocker.

Dave Brozena gave Plymouth the lead in the top of the sixth with a sacrifice fly to score Jason Moran. In the top of the seventh, Mulligan, who is usually making headlines for his pitching, delivered an insurance run with a double to the gap in right field.

"That was a big hit for Casey because he doesn't hit much," Janus added. "But our entire offense really stepped up tonight. Everyone contributed and it was nice to see that."

Even though first-place Plymouth appears to be sitting in the catbird seat for the playoffs, which start a week from today, Carlin isn't jumping the gun.

"We have eight or nine teams in this league that can still make the playoffs and even with the championship," he said. "I think it will take at least 13 wins to secure our spot. But there are many good teams in the league and anything can happen."

Plymouth will have a chance to get to 13 wins tomorrow when it plays three games - the conclusion of a game against Mountain Post, a regularly scheduled game against Mountain Post and a rescheduled game against Tunkhannock.

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