Romps earns shutout over Nicolet in Panthers’ opener


RACHEL ROMPS, Plymouth senior, fires a pitch to a Nicolet batter during Monday’s softball game. Romps threw a fourhit shutout, 7-0. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley RACHEL ROMPS, Plymouth senior, fires a pitch to a Nicolet batter during Monday’s softball game. Romps threw a fourhit shutout, 7-0. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Senior lefthander Rachel Romps fired a fourhit shutout as the Plymouth Panthers rolled past Nicolet, 7-0, in a nonconference softball game here Monday afternoon.

The game was the season opener for both teams. Plymouth’s first three scheduled games were postponed last week due to inclement weather and/or wet grounds.

Romps walked none and struck out 12. Her twin sister, senior catcher Sara Romps, led PHS in hits with three to go with two RBIs.

“Rachel threw very well for the opening win. She got ahead of the hitters all night and go to only two 3-2 counts all game,” said Panther head coach Gale Grahn.

Senior outfielder Brianna Sip pel paced the Panthers in RBIs with five and collected two hits. Mikaela Holdridge and Rachel Romps scored a team-high two runs each.


JORDYN PIEPER of Plymouth tries to score from second on Sara Romps’ single in Monday’s softball game versus Nicolet. Pieper was tagged out by catcher Jessi Clark on a relay throw from the second baseman. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley JORDYN PIEPER of Plymouth tries to score from second on Sara Romps’ single in Monday’s softball game versus Nicolet. Pieper was tagged out by catcher Jessi Clark on a relay throw from the second baseman. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley “This was a good start to the season against a solid Division 1 school,” said Grahn.

“We played solid defense [zero errors] – making the plays we needed to make.”

The Panthers grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, keyed by Sippel’s two-run single. The hit drove in Rachel Romps and Holdridge who had walked.

Jordyn Pieper scored the other run in the third on a single by Sara Romps. Pieper had reached first base on a bunt single and then stole second.

PHS tacked on three runs in the fourth, sparked by Sippel’s tworun double with two outs, which made it 6-0. Her RBI on a groundout in the sixth closed out the scoring.

Jessi Clark had two hits to lead the Knights. The losing pitcher was Ani Koticki who allowed six earned runs on eight hits with seven walks and no strikeouts in going the distance.

The PHS-West Bend East game, postponed April 1, will be made up April 28 at Plymouth at 4:30 p.m. The PHS-Campbellsport contest, postponed Thursday, has been rescheduled for May 9 at Campbellsport at 5 p.m.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

Sophomore Erica Helmer threw a no-hitter and PHS exploded for 15 runs in each of the first two innings as the Panthers cruised to a 30-0 JV victory in their opener.

Helmer fanned eight batters and walked only one in three innings. She also contributed two singles.

The Panthers banged out nine hits. Jenny Fenske and Lydia Rhude shared the lead in hits with Helmer at two apiece. Vanessa Arbuckle ripped a two-run triple.

In the second, PHS drew 13 walks to go with four hits.

“We did a good job of being patient at the plate. Erica did a great job – allowing only one runner in three innings for her first career no-hitter,” said Panther coach Paul Krzyzaniak.

NICOLET 0

PLYMOUTH 7

Score by Innings

Nicolet......................000 000 0 0 4 3
Plymouth..................003 301 x 7 8 0

Ani Koticki and Jessi Clark; Rachel Romps and Sara Romps. W – R. Romps, 1-0. L – Koticki, 0-1. 2Bs – Nicolet, Amanda Graham; Plymouth, Bria_ nna Si pel.


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