Delivering the pitch

Palmyra’s Bennett Stice delivers a pitch against Macon last Tuesday. The sophomore earned the win as well as a victory over South Callaway.

The PHS baseball team went 4-0 last week, earning two wins at the South Callaway Cluster, while also winning its conference opener.

The week had its drama, however, as the Panthers had to comeback late for two of the victories.

“This week was a good learning week for us. We overcame a lot of adversity,” said Coach Mark Loman.

Palmyra went to 10-1 with an 8-3 victory over South Callaway in the second game of the cluster at Mokane, Saturday.

The Panthers took any drama out of the contest by scoring three in the first, three in the second and two more in the fourth while shutting out the opposition until the sixth inning.

“I think the energy from the comeback win propelled us with getting the bats going early against South Callaway,” Loman said.

The Panthers had to come from behind late for an 11-8 win over Montgomery County in the first game Saturday.

Montgomery County scored four runs in the first and three more in the fifth while holding the Panthers scorless until the sixth, when they cut the deficit by two on a double by Power, an RBI single by Corder Lehenbauer and a bases loaded hit-by-pitch by Zane Meyers.

Palmyra then scored nine runs in the seventh on six hits, four walks and a hit-by-pitch.

The Panthers also won two home games earlier in the week including their Clarence Cannon Conference opener against Macon.

Last Tuesday, the Panthers had to make a comeback of sorts for a 13-2 win at home over Macon in their CCC opener.

The Tigers pushed across their two runs in the first inning, but the Panthers came back with six in the second and seven in the fourth to win in five innings.

Palmyra had eight hits and took advantage of five Macon walks.

Brady Barnett was a hero the day before when he hit a walk-off single to cap a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh for a thrilling 4-3 win at home over Bowling Green.

“The Bowling Green game was our first true test of our team battling in a tight, low- scoring contest,” Loman said. 

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.