Panthers swing hot bats in sweep


SYLVIA PETERS, Plymouth senior, delivers a pitch to a Ripon batter in game two of Thursday’s softball twinbill. Peters earned wins in both games. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley SYLVIA PETERS, Plymouth senior, delivers a pitch to a Ripon batter in game two of Thursday’s softball twinbill. Peters earned wins in both games. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers pounded out 22 hits in the doubleheader as they routed Ripon, 11-1 and 14-5, in East Central Conference softball action on Senior Night here Thursday.

PHS, which has won six of its last seven games, improved to 6-7 in the ECC (10-7 overall. The Tigers fell to 1-11 in league play (1-12 overall).

In the opener, the Panthers erupted for five runs in the first and third innings. Gracie Kasuboski’s two-run triple ignited the first. The key hit in third was Maezie Reilly’s two-run single.

Kayla Prahl and Jessica Leider led PHS in hits in game one with two each. Plymouth collected 11 hits in both games.

Leider and Kasuboski had a team-high two RBIs apiece. Sommer Stoney led in runs with three.


KAYLA PRAHL of Plymouth cracks a single in the second inning of game two of Thursday’s softball twinbill against Ripon. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley KAYLA PRAHL of Plymouth cracks a single in the second inning of game two of Thursday’s softball twinbill against Ripon. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley Game one ended after 4½ innings due to the 10-run rule.

Sylvia Peters was the winning pitcher with a complete game. Peters allowed one earned run on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

“Our goal was to be better in May and we have steadily improved as a team,” said PHS head coach Gale Grahn.

“Sylvia pitched well in both games, especially in the second game – only allowing two earned runs all night.”

GAME TWO

PHS exploded for seven runs in the top of the second to take a 7-3 lead. Leider had a two-run single and Kendra Stauss delivered an RBI single to key the inning.

Leider led the Panthers in hits, RBIs and runs with three each. Stauss and Prahl added two hits each. Prahl and Kennedy Arbuckle contributed two RBIs each.

“Jessica had a big day at the plate but we had contributions from all 14 players on the day,” said Grahn.

Peters earned a complete-game win in the nightcap. The senior right-hander gave up one earned run on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts.


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