Panthers’ Helmer twirls shutout at County Invite

SHEBOYGAN – Junior Erica Helmer’s two-hit, 3-0 shutout over Cedar Grove-Belgium highlighted the Plymouth Panthers’ showing in the Sheboygan County Softball Invitational here Saturday.

The Panthers finished 1-2 in the tournament and ended the regular season at 8-14. They lost to Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler, 11-10, and Sheboygan South, 12-1.

The Howards Grove Tigers posted an 0-3 mark in the tourney – falling to South, 9-8; Sheboygan Falls, 11-0; and Sheboygan North, 13-1. Each team in the invitational field played three games and no placewinners were determined.

Helmer walked one and had five strikeouts against Cedar Grove. She also chipped in with two hits to lead PHS along with Jessica Leider.

Kaelin Sbrocco’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a 10-10 tie and gave Lutheran/Kohler its win over PHS. The Panthers, who blew a 10-3 lead, were plagued by seven errors.

Vanessa Arbuckle and Hannah Bucko paced PHS in hits with two each. Arbuckle, Paige Stoney and Cassy Sippel had a team-high two RBIs apiece. Alyssa Holtz belted a three-run homer for the Crusaders.

Helmer took the loss – allowing 15 hits and three walks to go with three strikeouts.

Erika Stauss was 3-for-3, including a double, to spark the Panthers’ bats versus South. Stauss also had an RBI. Helmer contributed two hits.

PHS was outhit 10-7 and was hurt by three errors. Sylvia Peters started and took the loss.


The Tigers rallied late against South but fell shy. HGHS was down 8-2 after four innings. The Tigers were outhit by South, 15-11.

Alyssa Herwig led HGHS in hits with three, followed by Lyndsay Peterson and Sydney Handel with two each, including two doubles by Peterson. Paige Splittgerber, the losing pitcher, and Herwig had a team-high two RBIs each.

Falls’Autumn Horn fired a one-hit shutout over HGHS. The Tigers’ lone hit was a single by Sarah Gardner.

The Tigers played their worst defensive game of the season against Falls as they committed eight errors which led to eight unearned runs by the Falcons. Peterson was the losing pitcher.

HGHS made a whopping seven errors versus North. The Tigers had only two hits – a single each by Splittgerber and Taylor Haynor. Splittgerber took the loss but nine of the runs off her were unearned.

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