PHS wins regional debut, Romps fires shutout

by Steve Ottman Review Correspondent


MIKAELA HOLDRIDGE belts a solo home run in the first inning of Thursday’s regional softball opener against Sheboygan Falls. The Falcons’ catcher is Taylor Petrie. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley MIKAELA HOLDRIDGE belts a solo home run in the first inning of Thursday’s regional softball opener against Sheboygan Falls. The Falcons’ catcher is Taylor Petrie. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Rachel Romps threw a three-hit shutout as the No. 4-seeded Plymouth Panthers beat the No. 5-seeded Sheboygan Falls Falcons, 6-0, in the first round of the Division 2 softball regional playoffs here Thursday afternoon.

Romps, a senior, struck out 12 batters, walked none and hit a batter as she fired her fifth shutout of the season. The strikeout total matched her season-high.

Senior Mikaela Holdridge and freshman Vanessa Arbuckle slugged solo home runs and Cassy Sippel was 3-for-3, including a double and triple, to spark the PHS attack.

PHS, 15-6, advances to play at No. 1-seeded Campbellsport Tuesday, May 27 in a regional semifinal game at 5 p.m. The teams split a pair of Eastern Wisconsin Conference games during the regular season.


BEN BACHMANN (right) of Plymouth attacks the net as teammate Steven Blend watches in the No. 1 doubles match at Thursday’s EWC tennis meet versus Chilton. Bachmann and Blend won 6-2, 6-2. — Photo by Lisa Binversie BEN BACHMANN (right) of Plymouth attacks the net as teammate Steven Blend watches in the No. 1 doubles match at Thursday’s EWC tennis meet versus Chilton. Bachmann and Blend won 6-2, 6-2. — Photo by Lisa Binversie Falls ended its season at 12-11- 1 overall.

“We had the start we needed – three up, three down from Rachel Romps [in the top of the first inning] and then the big leadoff home run from Holdridge,” said Panther head coach Gale Grahn.

“We had a good week and we’re peaking at the right time. This team shows a lot of confi- dence right now.”

The Panthers had won three in a row at the start of the week before Thursday’s game.

“I really pitched well today,” said Romps. “We played well and were very upbeat.”

“This team had a rough start to the season and we’re playing well right now,” said Holdridge.

“It was a great feeling to start the game with a home run. I’m feeling very confident in my team right now.”

Holdridge pounded the second pitch of the game over the leftfield fence to give Plymouth a 1-0 start in the first inning.

Arbuckle stroked another homer in the second inning over the fence in right-center for a 2-0 lead.

Plymouth loaded the bases in the third, however Falls was able to get a timely third out.

Sippel tripled to center field in the fourth inning and scored on Holdridge’s single to make the score 3-0.

The Panthers added three insurance runs in the sixth inning after an error put runners at first and third bases. Erika Stauss and Jordyn Pieper had run-scoring singles. Arbuckle walked to drive in the sixth run.

Holdridge and Stauss contributed two hits each. Arbuckle and Holdridge had a team-high two RBIs apiece. Holdridge led in runs with two.

Falcon pitcher Ashley Drossel took the complete-game loss, giving up six runs (three earned) off 10 hits and five walks. Drossel threw five strikeouts.

Autumn Horn, Alex Wallner and Kaitlyn Hoffman had one hit each for Falls.

“We just haven’t been able to hit Romps this year,” said Falcon head coach Brian Beeck. “She had us swinging at her high pitches.

“These girls wanted to win so badly. I’m proud of the way they hung in there today and played hard.”

“Rachel really threw well,” said Grahn. “She overpowered the Falcons with a good fastball – locating it well all night.”

SHEBOYGAN FALLS 0

PLYMOUTH 6

Score by Innings
Sheboygan Falls....000 000 0 – 0 3 2
Plymouth................110 103 x – 6 10 0
Ashley Drossel and Taylor Petrie;
Rachel Romps and Sara Romps. W
– R. Romps, 15-6. L – Drossel. 2Bs
– Plymouth, Cassy Sippel. 3B – Plymouth, Sippel. HRs – Plymouth, Mikaela
Holdridge (1), Vane sa Arbuckle (1).


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