Early outburst sparks Panthers to rout

¦ Coach Grahn reaches 300- win milestone


MARISSA GRAPENTINE (above) of Plymouth scores on a fielder’s choice by Rachel Romps as Green Bay Notre Dame catcher Jordan Manthei gloves a late throw in Monday’s softball game. MARISSA GRAPENTINE (above) of Plymouth scores on a fielder’s choice by Rachel Romps as Green Bay Notre Dame catcher Jordan Manthei gloves a late throw in Monday’s softball game. PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers put the game away early, erupting for all of their runs in the first three innings, as they hammered Green Bay Notre Dame, 13- 3, Monday afternoon at the PHS softball field.

The nonconference victory upped the Panthers’ record to 3-1 and was the 300th career win for head coach Gale Grahn. He has an impressive 300-155 record in 23 seasons of coaching – all at PHS. Grahn guided the Panthers to two state tournament appearances – finishing second in 2006 and advancing to Madison last year.

“Winning 300 games is a testimony to the kids and the parents that have been a part of the program for 23 years,” said Grahn who was the driving force in starting the PHS softball program in 1991.


Mikaela Holdridge (below), Plymouth junior, slams a double to drive in Sophia Kiela during Monday’s softball game versus Green Bay Notre Dame. — Review photos by Greg Ceilley Mikaela Holdridge (below), Plymouth junior, slams a double to drive in Sophia Kiela during Monday’s softball game versus Green Bay Notre Dame. — Review photos by Greg Ceilley “I’ve had great parental support – allowing their daughters to play in the summer programs, hit in the cages over the winter or go to pitching lessons, all of which are needed to be a successful program.”

After spotting the Tritons a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, the Panthers answered with four in their half of the first. Sophia Kiela hit a leadoff single and scored on Mikaela Holdridge’s double. Also knocking in a run in the frame was Joa Cain on a fielder’s choice.

PHS exploded for six runs in the second to go up 10- 2. Cain’s two-run single was the key blow. Emily Marty cracked an RBI single which capped of the outburst.

Also contributing an RBI in the second was Rachel Romps with a fielder’s choice. The Panthers collected four hits in the frame.

The Panthers tacked on three runs in the third to make it 13-2. Cain had a run-scoring single and the other two runs scored on wild pitches. The game ended after 4½ innings due to the 10-run rule.

“It was a nice nonconference win over a solid opponent from a large-school conference [Fox River Classic],” said Grahn.

“It was nice to hit early and often. We used the whole field – using excellent approaches in the batter’s box.”

Cain, a senior first baseman, led PHS in RBIs with four to go with two hits. Holdridge had a team-high three hits and Marty contributed a pair.

Sara Thompson and Brianna Sippel paced PHS in runs with three apiece.

Romps was the winning pitcher – allowing three earned runs on seven hits with one walk, five strikeouts and one hit batter in five innings.

“Rachel settled in after giving up hits to the first three batters. She mixed her pitches well over the last four innings,” said Grahn.

“Our defense played well. It was our third errorless game of the season.”

The losing hurler was starter Brianna Byrne who gave up 10 runs (seven earned) on eight hits with four walks and two whiffs in only two innings.

Jackie Calba had a two-run single for the Tritons in the first.

“Throughout the years I have been lucky to have great groups of girls who work hard, have some fun and want to do what it takes to be part of a winning program,” Grahn said.

“This accomplishment also recognizes all the adults who have helped the program, coaching, umpiring, etc. over the years. A special shout-out to coach Paul Krzyzaniak who has been there for all the wins this program has seen as the junior varsity coach.

“I am very proud of what we have accomplished with the fast-pitch softball program here at PHS,” Grahn added.

GB NOTRE DAME 3

PLYMOUTH 13

Score by Innings
Green Bay Notre Dame.............................200 10 – 3 7 3
Plymouth....................................................463 0x – 13 12 0
Brianna Byrne, Carli Borseth (3) and Jordan Manthei;
Rachel Romps and Sara Romps. W – R. Romps, 3-1. L –
Byrne. 2B – Plymouth, Mikaela Holdridge.


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