Panthers start fast, cruise


VANESSA ARBUCKLE, Plymouth sophomore, watches the ball sail over the fence for a two-run homer in Monday’s softball opener versus Nicolet. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley VANESSA ARBUCKLE, Plymouth sophomore, watches the ball sail over the fence for a two-run homer in Monday’s softball opener versus Nicolet. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers began their softball season firing on all cylinders – exploding for 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to a 14-0 rout over Nicolet here Monday afternoon.

The nonconference game was the head coaching debut for Plymouth’s Dawn Krebsbach and the opener for Nicolet. The game was called after 4½ innings due to the 10-run rule.

The big hits in the first for PHS were a three-run double by senior Paige Stoney and a tworun homer by sophomore Vanessa Arbuckle over the fence in right-center field.

Stoney had a team-high three RBIs. Arbuckle, Cassy Sippel and Jordyn Pieper added two each. Pieper and Sippel led the Panthers in hits with two apiece.


ERICA HELMER of Plymouth fires a pitch to a Nicolet batter during Monday’s softball game. Helmer pitched a two-hit shutout, 14-0. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley ERICA HELMER of Plymouth fires a pitch to a Nicolet batter during Monday’s softball game. Helmer pitched a two-hit shutout, 14-0. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PHS had seven hits and drew seven walks. The Knights committed four errors which led to 10 unearned runs.

Pieper paced PHS in runs with three and stolen bases, two. Sippel contributed two runs.

Junior pitcher Erica Helmer won her varsity debut with a two-hit shutout. Helmer walked only one, struck out five and hit a batter.

“The team had a great start, jumping out to an 11-0 lead after the first inning, sparked by a bases-clearing double by Stoney and a home run by Arbuckle,” said Krebsbach.

“Helmer did a nice job of moving her pitches around and hitting her spots. We played well, defensively, and were patient at the plate, drawing seven walks.”

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

The Panthers cruised to an 18-6 win over Ripon in their debut Monday afternoon. PHS had only four hits but took advantage of 10 walks, two hit batters and several passed balls.

PHS erupted for nine runs in the first to take the lead for good, 9-4. Sylvia Peters earned the win – allowing two earned runs on only two hits with five walks and four strikeouts in four frames.

Sommer Stoney led PHS at the plate with two hits, including a double.

“This is a very young team that is only going to get better as they gain experience,” said PHS coach Paul Krzyzaniak.


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