Panthers rally past Falls in EWC debut

PLYMOUTH – Erika Stauss cracked an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Plymouth Panthers a 5-4 comeback win over Sheboygan Falls here Tuesday evening.

PHS trailed 4-3 going into the last of the seventh in both teams’ Eastern Wisconsin softball opener. Mikaela Holdridge started the rally with a one-out single. Holdridge scored the tying run on a two-out triple by Brianna Sippel to rightcenter field.

Stauss, a junior outfielder, followed with her game-winning hit.

“A great comeback in the seventh with two outs. We had hardhit balls most of the game and finally found holes to score two runs,” said Panther head coach Gale Grahn.

“There were big hits by Sippel and Stauss all game.”

The Panthers upped their overall record to 2-0. The contest was the Falcons’ season debut.

PHS overcame five errors which led to two unearned runs by the Falcons. Senior lefty Rachel Romps earned a complete-game win – allowing two earned runs on six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.

“Romps pitched a good overall game – getting some key strikeouts in the sixth and seventh innings with runners on base,” Grahn noted.

Sippel and Stauss were 3-for- 4 to spark the Panthers’ attack. Holdridge contributed two hits and a team-high two runs. Sippel led in RBIs with three and Stauss had two.

Taylor Petrie paced the Falcons in hits and RBIs with two apiece.

PHS seized a 3-0 lead in the first on a two-run double by Sippel, followed by an RBI single by Stauss.

Falls came back with four unanswered runs to go up 4-3. The Falcons tallied an unearned run in the fourth on two PHS errors. Petrie’s two-run single in the fifth tied the game, 3-3. Two more Plymouth miscues gave Falls an unearned run in the sixth.

“We struggled defensively. We will have to clean that up for our next game at Kewaskum [on Thursday, April 10],” said Grahn.

The losing pitcher was Ashley Drossel who went the distance – surrendering three earned runs on nine hits with two walks and six strikeouts.


The Panther JV improved to 2-0 overall with a 14-0 rout. The Panthers banged out 11 hits, led by Carissa DeZwarte with three, including a triple.

Myah Palechek, Caitlyn Klemme and Vanessa Arbuckle added two hits each for PHS. A ninerun first sparked the Panthers.

Erica Helmer notched the victory with a three-hit shutout. Helmer fanned six batters and walked none.



Score by Innings

Sheboygan Falls......000 121 0 4 6 2
Plymouth..................300 000 2 5 9 5

Ashley Drossel and Taylor Petrie; Rachel Romps and Sara Romps. W – R. Romps, 2-0. L – Drossel, 0-1. 2Bs – Sheboygan Falls, Megan Kapellen, Katy Posewitz; Plymouth, Brianna Sippel, Erika Stauss. 3B – Plymouth, Sip_ p_el_.____________________________

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