Panthers bounce back with lopsided win

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers responded emphatically from Friday’s lopsided loss to West Bend West with a 14-2 trouncing of West Bend East in a nonconference softball game Monday afternoon at Gale Grahn Field.

The nonconference win evened the Panthers’ record at 2-2. The contest was the Suns’ season opener.

PHS blew the game open with a 10-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth inning which gave the home team a 14-2 lead. The Panthers collected only three hits in the frame, two by Cassy Sippel, but were aided by crucial East errors. Sippel had a team-high three RBIs in the fourth.

All 10 runs in the fourth were unearned as PHS took advantage of the Suns’ miscues. The game was called after 4½ innings due to the 10-run rule.

“It was nice to see us bounce back after a tough loss [17-7] on Friday night to West Bend West. We were patient at the plate – collecting seven walks and nine hits,” said Panther head coach Dawn Krebsbach.


CASSY SIPPEL, Plymouth shortstop, tries to tag West Bend East’s Andrea Gremonprez on a steal attempt of second in Monday’s softball game. Gremonprez was safe. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley CASSY SIPPEL, Plymouth shortstop, tries to tag West Bend East’s Andrea Gremonprez on a steal attempt of second in Monday’s softball game. Gremonprez was safe. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley Junior Erica Helmer earned a complete-game win. Helmer allowed six hits and no walks to go with eight strikeouts.

“Helmer had good control of her change-up. She had a few location mishaps in innings one and two but corrected it by the third inning,” said Krebsbach.

Sippel, a senior shortstop, led the PHS attack with three hits and RBIs each. Paige Stoney contributed two hits and a pair of RBIs. Freshman Jessica Leider belted a two-double in the third which gave the Panthers a 3-2 lead.

The losing hurler was Nicole Wagner who went the distance and gave up four earned runs on nine hits with seven walks and four strikeouts.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

The Panthers stormed back from a 6-0 deficit to pull out a 10-8 win and up their JV record to 2-2. The victory was the 200th in coach Paul Krzyzaniak’s 25-year career, all at PHS.

Sylvia Peters was the winning pitcher with a complete game. Peters surrendered only two earned runs and four hits while striking out a season-high 10 batters to go with six walks and a hit batter.

PHS had a season-high eight hits, led by Jess Fenske’s three (all singles).

“It was great to see the girls rally to victory,” said Krzyzaniak.


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