Panthers outlast Huskies in EWC battle

PAIGE STONEY of Plymouth lays down a sacrifice bunt in the second inning of Thursday’s EWC softball game against New Holstein. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PAIGE STONEY of Plymouth lays down a sacrifice bunt in the second inning of Thursday’s EWC softball game against New Holstein. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers mounted an early 5-0 lead and then held on to edge visiting New Holstein, 7-6, in softball action Thursday evening.

Sophomore Kelsey Kaiser’s three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning brought the Huskies even, 5-5. PHS tallied single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth frames to go up 7-5. Erika Stauss cracked an RBI single in the fifth. Elizabeth Struve came through with a two-out RBI double in the sixth which made it 7-5.

The Huskies scored a run in the seventh to shave the deficit to 7-6. The game ended when Panther senior catcher Sara Romps threw out Kelly Schmitz trying to steal second base.

PHS upped its Eastern Wisconsin Conference record to 5-3 (8-3 overall). The Huskies slipped to 2-7 in the EWC (4-9 overall).

“We kept answering when they scored, so we showed some resiliency. It was a nice conference win,” said PHS head coach Gale Grahn.

The Panthers led 5-0 after three innings. Erika Stauss had an RBI single in the first. PHS tallied an unearned run in the second which made it 2-0. Plymouth tacked on three runs in the third on a two-run double by Sara Romps and a runscoring single by Vanessa Arbuckle.

Rachel Romps notched a complete game win. The senior lefty allowed four earned runs on eight hits with no walks, a hit batter and eight strikeouts.

Stauss led PHS in hits with two and shared the lead in RBIs with Sara Romps at two each. Mikaela Holdridge scored a team-high two runs.

“Rachel gave up a wind-aided home run but otherwise pitched a solid game,” said Grahn.

“Holdridge was on base four times at leadoff to set the table different innings.”

Schmitz paced Huskies in hits with three. Kaiser had a team-high four RBIs.

Erin Goebel took the loss and went the distance. Goebel gave up five earned runs on nine hits with five walks and two whiffs.


Myah Palechek ripped three hits, including two doubles, and Erica Helmer twirled a three-hit shutout to spark the Panthers to a 10-0 win in JV play,

Helmer fanned six and walked none. Hannah Bucko chipped in with two singles for PHS.

PHS catcher Caitlyn Klemme gunned down two would-be base stealers. Panther outfielder Carissa DeZwarte threw out a runner trying to stretch a double into a triple.

The Panthers hiked their EWC mark to 4-3 (7-3 overall).



Score by Innings

New Holsrtein..........000 230 1 6 8 2
Plymouth..................113 011 x 7 9 2

Erin Goebel and Emily Casper; Rachel Romps and Sara Romps. W – R. Romps, 8-3. L – Goebel. 2Bs – Plymouth, S. Romps, Elizabeth Struve. HR – New Holstein, Kelsey Kaiser.

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