Romps twirls second shutout, PHS to 3-0

PLYMOUTH – Rachel Romps spun a three-hit shutout as the Plymouth Panthers remained unbeaten with a 5-0 win over Kewaskum here Thursday evening.

The Panthers upped their Eastern Wisconsin Conference softball record to 2-0 (3-0 overall). The Indians dropped to 0-2 in the EWC (0-2 overall).

The shutout was Romps’ second of the season. The senior lefthander walked none and struck out six.

“Rachel threw a great game. She pounded the strike zone early and hit the outside corner consistently,” said PHS head coach Gale Grahn.

“She kept a very-good-hitting team off stride all game and faced three over the minimum.

“This was a huge win over a top conference team on the road,” Grahn said.

The Panthers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Paige Stoney laced a one-out single after Indian pitcher Breanna Trepas had retired the first seven Panthers. Stoney moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Cassy Sippel. Jordyn Pieper’s single drove in Stoney.

PHS added three runs in the fourth to go up 4-0. Mikaela Holdridge led off with a base hit and took second on Sara Romps’ sacrifice bunt. Brianna Sippel followed with a single which advanced Holdridge to third.

Erika Stauss then cracked an RBI single. Michaela Kelly plated the next run with a safety-squeeze bunt. Stoney’s run-scoring single capped off the inning and made it 4-0.

The Panthers scored their final run in the fifth. Pieper smacked a leadoff double, moved to third on Holdridge’s single and scored on Sara Romps’ safety-squeeze bunt.

“We executed very well – getting down four sacrifice bunts,” said Grahn.

“The defense played very well – making all the plays behind Rachel, including an excellent rundown between third and home that ended with left fielder Mckenna Nischke making the tag at third to thwart a first-inning rally.

“We received contributions from everyone,” said the coach.

Pieper, Holdridge and Stoney led PHS in hits with two each.

Trepas was the losing hurler. She allowed five earned runs on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts in going the route.


Kewaskum handed PHS its first JV loss of the season, 3-2. The Panthers slipped to 1-1 in the league (2-1 overall).

The Indians scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.

PHS was held to five hits, with five players collecting one each. Having one extra-base hit apiece were Vanessa Arbuckle and Lydia Rhude with doubles.

Erica Helmer took the loss. Helmer threw a complete game and gave up three earned runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts.



Score by Innings

Plymouth..................001 310 0 5 8 1
Kewaskum...............000 000 0 0 3 0

Rachel Romps and Sara Romps; Breanna Trepas and Mel Juech. W – R. Romps, 3-0. L – Trepas. 2Bs – Plymouth, Jordyn Pieoper; Kewaskum, Trep_ as.

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