The 1968 Plymouth High School baseball team was the first to advance to the WIAA Summer Baseball State Tournament.
Posted July 9, 2018
Updated July 17, 2018
As the Plymouth High School baseball team competes in the the playoffs this week, a long tradition of summer high school baseball draws to a close.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association voted in March to discontinue its summer baseball tournament, due to declining participation. At its peak, the number of summer baseball programs was 110 in 1990. About 50 schools had teams this summer, but that number is expected to drop below 30 by the 2020 season, according to the WIAA.
WIAA has offered a summer baseball tournament since 1965, initially featuring eight teams meeting in West Bend and later in Stevens Point. In 2012, the field was reduced to four teams and the tournament was moved to Kapco Field on the campus of Concordia University in Mequon, where it will be played for the final time July 20.
Plymouth High School has participated in summer baseball since its early years, like many of its conference partners. Former PHS baseball coach Scott Richards played in the first Summer Baseball State Tournament game ever played by the Panthers, in 1968. He later coached the 1982 state champion team, which also featured current PHS coach Butch Cain as starting catcher.
PHS is tied for third-most appearances in the Summer Baseball State Tournament, with 13:
WIAA also runs a spring baseball tournament, which held its 71st annual contest in June at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute. PHS will join spring baseball beginning with the 2019 season.
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The 1970 PHS baseball team with its state semifinal plaque