Panthers improve despite loss to Port

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers’ pitching and defense showed good improvement but their offense struggled again as they fell to visiting Port Washington, 8-0, in a nonconference softball game Tuesday afternoon.

Kate Snook fanned 15 Panthers and fired a one-hitter to earn the win for the Pirates in their season debut. Snook walked only two.

PHS managed only two hits and one run in its season-opening loss to Sheboygan South March 23.

“Overall, we played much better defensively than last week. Sylvia [Peters] was able to move the ball around on her pitching and she did a nice job,” said Panther head coach Dawn Krebsbach.

“While our defensive has improved, our hitting needs to come along.”

PHS committed only two errors, compared with seven versus South. Peters went the distance and took the loss. She allowed five earned runs on eight hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.

The Panthers’ only hit was a double by Jordyn Thomas.

PHS trailed 1-0 after onehalf inning and had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the first. Peters was hit by a pitch and Kayla Prahl walked. Snook then struck out the next eight batters.

Karley Lehtikangas and Morgan Esselman led the Pirates in hits with two each. Lehtikangas had a team-high two RBIs. JUNIOR VARSITY GAMES

The Panthers routed the Pirates, 12-2, in JV action to improve to 2-0. Kennedy Arbuckle and Cammi Nicolaus keyed the PHS attack with three hits each and Hannah Held ripped an inside-the-park home run.

Arbuckle had a team-high five RBIs and Nicolaus had three.

Maezie Reilly earned the win with a three-hitter. Reilly walked two and had six strikeouts.

“It was another great win. These girls continue to practice hard every day and the results are showing on the field,” said PHS coach Joe Williams.

The host Panthers clobbered Sheboygan South, 28-4, in their opener March 23. Halie Wagner cracked three hits, including a grand slam, and had six RBIs to ignite Plymouth’s offense.

Reilly was the winning pitcher with a complete game. She had two walks and three strikeouts.

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