Cougars clobber Panthers in EWC opener


RACHEL ROMPS, Plymouth junior, fires a pitch to a Campbellsport batter during Monday’s EWC softball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley RACHEL ROMPS, Plymouth junior, fires a pitch to a Campbellsport batter during Monday’s EWC softball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Brianna Gruenwald pitched and batted Campbellsport to a 10-2 rout over the Plymouth Panthers in Eastern Wisconsin Conference softball action on a cold, rainy, blustery Monday evening.

The game was the Panthers’ first since a 6-0 win March 22 at Vandalia, Ill., and Campbellsport’s opener due to the poor weather this spring which postponed many contests for both teams.

Gruenwald belted a three-run homer over the center-field fence, aided by a strong wind, which ignited a five-run outburst in the top of the third inning. The Cougars trailed 2-0 going into the third where they collected four hits and three walks.

Gruenwald, a junior, had a team-high five RBIs. She fired a four-hitter, struck out 10 and allowed two earned runs and four walks. Gruenwald was an All- EWC second-team hurler last year.

“It was not the way we wanted to start the conference season but we will bounce back,” said Panther head coach Gale Grahn.

“Campbellsport hit well and Gruenwald threw a great game. She kept the ball low and we chased some bad pitches.

“We had runners each inning but could not put together rallies,” Grahn said.

PHS grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first. Sophia Kiela scored on Sara Thompson’s groundout and Marissa Grapentine came home on a wild pitch.


MIKAELA HOLDRIGE, Plymouth third baseman, charges toward home as Campbellsport’s Katie Schumacher squares to bunt in Monday’s EWC softball game. Schumacher laid down the bunt and was retired by Holdridge. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley MIKAELA HOLDRIGE, Plymouth third baseman, charges toward home as Campbellsport’s Katie Schumacher squares to bunt in Monday’s EWC softball game. Schumacher laid down the bunt and was retired by Holdridge. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley Haley Emmer led the Cougars in hits with four and had three RBIs. Gruenwald contributed two hits. PHS didn’t have any batters with multiple hits.

Rachel Romps was the losing pitcher. Romps went the distance and surrendered eight earned runs on 14 hits with four walks, four strikeouts and one hit batter.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

In the JV contest, the Panthers outlasted the Cougars, 13- 9, in their opener. Jordyn Pieper sparked Plymouth’s bats with four hits, including a double. Michaela Kelly added two singles.

Jackie Snow earned the win. She fanned 10 batters, walked four and hit a batter while allowing 10 hits and four earned runs in going the route.

The Panthers exploded for five runs in the second and five in the third.

“We did a lot of good things but we also found out we have a lot of things to work on,” said PHS coach Paul Krzyzaniak.

“I was very happy with both Jackie’s performance on the mound and Shane Flaig’s catching behind the plate. Jordyn had a great day hitting the ball.”

CAMPBELLSPORT 10

PLYMOUTH 2

Score by Innings

Campbellsport.....005 230 0 – 10 14 1
Plymouth..............200 000 0 – 2 4 3

Brianna Gruenwald and Nicole Hepp; Rachel Romps and Sara Romps. W – Gruenwald, 1-0. L – R. Romps, 1-1. 2Bs – Campbellsport, Haley Emmer, Elicia Engel, Hepp. HR – Campb_ ellsport, Gruenwald.


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