Strikeout machine

Palmyra’s Corder Lehenbauer pitches against Elberry last Tuesday. The junior right-hander struck out 11 of the 12 batters he faced.

The PHS varsity baseball team continued their early season domination last week by earning blow-out victories at home over Mark Twain, Elsberry and Canton.

“We are off to a great start,” said Coach Mark Loman, after his team won the three games by a collective score of 43-2.

The offensive barrage for the week included 30 hits, half of which went for extra bases, including 12 doubles and two home runs.

Because of the offense, all three games were shortened to a total of 11 innings.

Not to be overshadowed was the pitching and fielding.

“Our pitchers are throwing a lot of strikes and changing speeds well,” Loman said, of his mound staff that gave up just four hits and one earned run.   

“I have also been impressed with our defense especially since we have not gotten a lot of repetitions thus far outside,” Loman said.

The Panthers committed just one error in the three games.

Palmyra capped the week with a 15-0 win in 2.5 innings over Canton, Thursday, scoring all of their runs, batting around twice, in the first inning.

The Panthers won 11-1 in six innings over Elsberry, Tuesday.

Palmyra won the home opener, Monday, 17-1 in 2.5 innings over Mark Twain.

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.