The PHS varsity baseball team clinched the Clarence Cannon Conference title with a 10-2 victory over South Shelby Monday and defeated Hannibal, 13-3, in a non-conference game Thursday.

Palmyra finished their CCC title run with an undefeated record of 6-0. They out-scored their conference opponents 77-12 this season. 

This is Palmyra’s fifth CCC title in the last six years.

The Panthers currently sit at 20-4 on the season.

“It is never an easy task to win the CCC,” said Coach Mark Loman after Monday’s victory over South Shelby.

“Our players and coaches have worked hard to get to this part of the season and are excited about the opportunity we have to compete in districts,” he said.   

Jacob Kroeger returned for the Panthers after rehabbing from a knee injury he suffered during football season. The senior had a double in his second plate appearance against South Shelby Monday and pitched two scoreless innings against Hannibal Thursday.

The Panthers had to battle back early against South Shelby after allowing two runs in the first inning, but Palmyra responded by scoring at least one run in every inning after that. 

The Cardinals scored two runs in the first while holding Palmyra scoreless until the second, when they cut the deficit to one immediately on a Brady Barnett home run. 

The Panthers proceeded to score three runs in the third inning keyed by Kroeger’s two run double. 

Three unearned runs were scored in the fourth thanks to multiple hit-by-pitches and walks by South Shelby pitchers, and a single run was scored in the fifth, sixth and seventh inning, all while keeping South Shelby scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Palmyra’s bats were hot Thursday leading them to a 13-3 victory over Hannibal in the last game of the regular season.

The Panthers took control in the first inning by scoring three runs off of four singles, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. 

Kroeger made his return to the pitching mound and posted a scoreless two innings. Palmyra went on to score one run in the second and two more runs in the fourth. 

Hannibal closed the gap to 6-3 after a three run fifth inning, but Palmyra quickly responded. 

The Panthers had four singles, a double and a three run home run by Nolan Wosman in the bottom of the fifth to give Palmyra a seven-point advantage. 

Palmyra finished the game with four more singles and a solo home run by Caden Power in the sixth inning to win 13-3. 

Palmyra was to open Class 3, District 7 play at home Monday against Highland, but details were not available in time for this issue.

The district title game was set for Tuesday in Palmyra.