The PHS varsity baseball team broke even across the river last week.
The Panthers suffered their first loss of the season, 8-1, at Quincy Notre Dame, Tuesday, but rebounded to clobber Quincy High School, 16-2, Wednesday.
Palmyra trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the third when the first two Raider batters were hit by a pitch ahead of Tommy Ray’s thundering home run over the fence in left center field.
QND then added three more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth before Palmyra finally got on the scoreboard when Dakota Compton smacked a home run to left center field.
Corder Lehenbauer pitched the first three innings and took the loss, giving up three hits, two walks and four hit batsmen.
“Our pitchers really struggled throwing strikes and getting ahead versus QND,” said Coach Mark Loman. “We did not really give ourselves a chance.
“Our pitchers owned the fact that they were not sharp, and I know they will work hard to fix some things.
“We let Ray off the hook a couple of times and missed some offensive opportunities.”
The Panthers lashed 18 hits in their drubbing of the Blue Devils in Quincy, the next day.
The offense was led by Caden Power, 4-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored; Brady Barnett, 3-for-4 with two doubles, four RBI and two runs scored; Corder Lehenbauer, 3-for-5 with a double; and Nolan Wosman, 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored.
“We were locked in offensively,” Loman said.
See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.