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PHS softball team takes second at Centralia

The PHS girls varsity softball team took second place at the Centralia Tournament Saturday.

The Lady Panthers (9-9) won their first two games over Mexico and Macon but fell to Hallsville in the championship game.

Palmyra scored twice in the top of the first but trailed 4-2 going into the bottom of the second when Hallsville hit a pair of home runs, a grand slam and a three-run shot in put up 12 runs.

Palmyra’s Jansen Juette smacked a two-run home run in the top of the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to keep Hallsville from winning on two-run walk-off double in the bottom of the inning.

Jazlin Gottman, Sophie Hoerr and Lexie Peuster contributed doubles to Palmyra’s eight-hit attack.

Palmyra advanced to the title game with a 4-1 win over Macon behind Lydia Althoff’s strong pitching.

The senior held the Lady Tigers to two hits and the lone unearned run, striking out eight during the six-inning complete game.

Palmyra scratched a run across in the first inning and held that edge until Hailey Kroeger blasted a three-run home run in the fourth.

Macon, which lost for only the third time this season, did not score their run until the top of the sixth.

Hoerr’s three run blast in the bottom of the sixth ended a wild 16-13 win over Mexico in the opener.

Palmyra got out to a 7-3 lead after two innings, but scored three runs to tie the game at 10 in the bottom of the third.

Mexico lead 13-10 going into the bottom of the fifth when Palmyra tied it up ahead of Hoerr’s dramatic game-wining clout in the sixth.

The Lady Panthers went into the tournament on the strength of a 13-3 Clarence Cannon Conference victory at home over Brookfield, Tuesday.

Palmyra pulled out the power bats during the team’s seven-run second inning when Hailey Kroeger hit a two-run homer, and Jansen Juette hit a grand slam.

Jazlin Gottman contributed an RBI triple later in the game.

Lydia Althoff pitched an unusual no-hitter, her second of the season, giving up three unearned runs while striking out seven and walking eight.

The victory lifted the team’s conference record to 3-3 with one contest left this Thursday at Centralia. Macon (10-1 overall) leads the conference at 5-0.

The Lady Panthers opened the week with a tough 5-4, CCC loss at home to Highland Monday.

Palmyra score the game’s first run on a two-base fielding error that put Jazlin Gottman on second, and Jenna McVeigh drove her in on a single to center field.

That lead stood up until the top of the fifth when the Lady Cougars batted around, scoring five runs on four hits and three walks.

Palmyra rallied for three runs in the bottom of the inning when Hailee Kroeger was hit by a pitch and Kennedy Wilson, Alaina Loman and Sophie Hoerr all hit singles.

Hoerr, the potential tying run, was on third with one out but was left stranded.

2020 PHS Varsity 

Softball Results

8/28-29 at Troy Tournament

Winfield L 6-9, 0-1

Liberty L 0-1, 0-2

Fulton W 8-3, 1-2

9-1 Louisiana W 17-1, 2-2

9/3 at M. Twain W 13-8, 3-2

9/14 Moberly W 15-0, 4-2

9/15 Clark Co. L 3-10, 4-3

9/17 Bowl. Gr. L 0-6, 4-4

9/19 at Mon. City W 5-2, 5-4

9//21 at Rock Br. L 0-14, 5-5

9/22 at S.Shelby* W 11-2, 6-5

9/24 at Macon* L 1-3, 6-6

9/26 at Battle L 4-9, 6-7

9/28 Highland* L 4-5, 6-8

9/29 Brookfield* W 13-3, 7-8

10/3 at Cent. Invitational

Mexico W 16-13, 8-8

Macon W 4-1, 9-8

Hallsville L 4-18, 9-9

10/5 Canton (V/JV)    6:15 p.m.

10/7 at Troy (V)           4:15 p.m.

10/8 at Cent.* (JV/V)     5 p.m.

10/10 Hickman (JV/V)   11 a.m.

10/12 at Han. (JV/V)        5 p.m.

1014-16   Districts                   TBA

* Clarence Cannon Conference game