First inning key as Panthers stumble


ERIKA STAUSS of Plymouth drives the ball to the outfield during Thursday’s EWC softball game versus New on the at-bat. 
— Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News ERIKA STAUSS of Plymouth drives the ball to the outfield during Thursday’s EWC softball game versus New on the at-bat. — Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News NEW HOLSTEIN – The first inning proved crucial as New Holstein defeated the Plymouth Panthers, 6-2, in Eastern Wisconsin Conference softball play here Thursday evening.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead the top of the first inning but missed a golden opportunity to score even more runs after loading the bases with no outs.

Eric Helmer’s single drove in Plymouth’s first run as Cassy Sippel crossed the plate. Husky pitcher Erin Goebel got the next batter pop out, leaving the bases filled. Jordyn Pieper and Erika Stauss also had base hits in the frame.

The Huskies answered with four unearned runs in the bottom the first to go up 4-1. NH cashed on a PHS error in the first which opened the gates for the four-spot. The big hit was a two-run single by Amanda Meyer with two outs which made it 4-1.

The win was the Huskies’ first the season as they improved to

3 in the EWC (1-4 overall). The Panthers fell to 0-3 in league action (2-4 overall).

“We had a great opportunity to do some damage in the first inning with bases loaded and no outs. We only came away with one run,” said PHS head coach Dawn Krebsbach.

“We aren’t getting key hits, where NH took advantage of an error in the first and scored four. It comes down to who can capitalize on errors and NH did exactly that.”

Junior Erica Helmer pitched well but was saddled with the loss. Helmer allowed only one earned run on eight hits with two strikeouts, just one walk, plus one hit batter in going the route.

Goebe tossed a complete game and went home winner. She surrendere one earned run on eight hits with no walks, two whiffs and a hit batter.


EMMA FELDMANN, Elkhart Lake second baseman, catches a hard-hit ball off the bat of a Sheboygan Lutheran/ Kohler batter in Thursday’s CLC softball game. — Photo by Mike McGill EMMA FELDMANN, Elkhart Lake second baseman, catches a hard-hit ball off the bat of a Sheboygan Lutheran/ Kohler batter in Thursday’s CLC softball game. — Photo by Mike McGill Sippel led PHS in hits with two. The Panthers scored their other run on a throwing error.

Carlee Burg sparked the NH bats with a team-high three RBIs and two hits. Emily Casper also collected a pair of hits. Meyer drove in two runs.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

A five-run outburst by the Huskies in the first fueled their 8-6 JV win. PHS dropped to 0-3 in the EWC (2-4 overall).

Mady Straub led PHS in hits with two, including a double. Sylvia Peters was the starting and losing hurler for Plymouth. She gave up nine hits and five walks while fanning seven.



HOLLY ZORN, Elkhart Lake sophomore, delivers to a Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler batter in Thursday’s CLC softball game. — Photo by Mike McGill HOLLY ZORN, Elkhart Lake sophomore, delivers to a Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler batter in Thursday’s CLC softball game. — Photo by Mike McGill

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