Helmer twirls shutout, Panthers end skid


ERICA HELMER of Plymouth whacks a single against Sheboygan Falls pitcher Autumn Horn in Monday’s EWC softball game. – Review photo by Steve Ottman ERICA HELMER of Plymouth whacks a single against Sheboygan Falls pitcher Autumn Horn in Monday’s EWC softball game. – Review photo by Steve Ottman SHEBOYGAN FALLS – Junior Erica Helmer fired a four-hit shutout for the Plymouth Panthers who snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 2-0 softball win over Sheboygan Falls here Monday evening.

The Panthers improved to 2-9 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference (4-12 overall).

Helmer walked none and struck out six.

“Overall, we played a solid game. Everyone made plays that they are expected to make. Helmer did a very nice job last night and hit her locations,” said Panther head coach Dawn Krebsbach.

The Panthers scored both of their runs in the top of the fourth inning. Michaela Kelly singled and advanced to second base on a single by Paige Stoney who was returning from an injury which had sidelined her for over two weeks.

Vanessa Arbuckle drove in Kelly with a double. Stoney scored the second run on Elizabeth Struve’s single.

Cassy Sippel led PHS at the plate with two hits, including a double.

Autumn Horn took the loss but pitched well. Horn allowed two earned runs on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in going the route.

Horn, Taylor Petrie, Jessica Riley and Allison Berger had one hit each for the Falcons.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

The Panthers breezed to a 19-0 win in the JV game. PHS had only four hits but took advantage of 16 walks and two hit batters. PHS upped its EWC mark to 3-7 (8-13 overall).

Sommer Stoney sparked the PHS bats with two triples. Her three-run triple capped off a ninerun outburst by the Panthers in the first.

Sylvia Peters earned a twohit shutout. She walked one and fanned three.


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