Panthers continue to rise in the ECC

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent

PETERS PETERS The 2018 Plymouth High School girls softball team continues to rise in the East Central Conference, achieving an 11-win season and advancing to the regional final for the first time in four years this past season.

Plymouth finished 6-8 for fifth place in the ECC (11-9 overall).

The Panthers season highlighted big wins over Kettle Moraine Lutheran and Winneconne (both sectional qualifiers this year). PHS shutout Milwaukee School of Languages, who had a 15-0 record, in the regional opener. Waupun blanked the Panthers 3-0 in the regional final

Panthers head coach Gale Grahn said that he was really proud of how the girls worked together.

“This group met several goals, including moving up in the ECC,” said Grahn. “They came to play each day and steadily im- proved. I really enjoyed working with this group.”

Plymouth will lose eight seniors - Jessica Leider, Sommer Stoney, Kayla Prahl, Sylvia Peters, Kendra Stauss, Maddy Straub, Ellie Potrykus and Jessica Fenske.

Leider and Stoney were named to the first team All-ECC. Peters was selected to the second team.

Leider hit for a .371 batting average, had eight doubles and led the team with 25 RBI’s.

“Leider played great in centerfield throwing out five runners,” stated Grahn.

Stoney batted .458 scored 32 runs and had 11 RBI’s with 11 stolen bases.

“Stoney had a great offensive season, one of the best in school history,” remarked Grahn. “She tied a school record with five hits in a game twice.”

Stoney led the team in hits, runs and stolen bases and played a strong shortstop.

Peters was 11-9 as the Panthers starting pitcher. Peters struck out 75 batters, walked 34 with an ERA of 3.78.

“Peters really worked hard in the offseason,” Grahn commented. “She cut her ERA down and walked 34 in almost 120 innings after walking 92 in the previous year.”

Grahn noted that Prahl was the most improved player, raising her batting average from .154 in 2017 to .300 this season and had only three errors at second base.

Stauss, Straub and Potrykus were three seniors that provided a lot of leadership for the team. Stauss was the DH most of the season, Straub and Potrykus played in the outfield and were used a lot as courtesy runners.

Fenske along with junior Halie Wagner were injured for a good portion of this season.

The Panthers return seven players next season including sophomores Kennedy Arbuckle, Gracie Kasuboski, Maezie Reilly, freshman Izzy Arbuckle, and juniors Elsa Blad and Hannah Held.

Kennedy Arbuckle batted .267 with 12 RBI’s.

“Arbuckle caught every inning and only had one error,” Grahn said. “She threw out six runners and had only four passed balls.”

Kasuboski and Izzy Arbuckle were first-year varsity players who made their mark, batting over .300 and playing solid defense.

Blad, Held and Reilly were solid in the outfield and came up with some clutch hits this season.

“I will miss this group of seniors,” Grahn said. “We had a lot fun playing the great game of fastpitch softball.”

Grahn noted that he looks forward to the seven returning players with a strong nucleus coming up from the JV team coached by Joe Williams, who had a 10-4 record this season.

Grahn also thanked Paul Kryzaniak, who came out of retirement to be an assistant coach this season.

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