The PHS varsity baseball team heard “play ball” for the first time in almost two years Saturday in Ashland.
After a season lost to COVID-19, the Panthers opened the 2021 campaign by splitting two games at the Southern Boone Cluster.
Palmyra opened the event with a 5-2 win over Fulton and then los to the host squad, 9-1.
The Panthers out-hit Fulton 9-3 during the morning contest, scoring single tallies in the third and fourth innings before plating three in the sixth.
Brody Lehenbauer scored the team’s first run in the bottom of the fourth when he led off with a single, moved to second on a passed ball, reached third on a single by Bennett Stice and came in to home on a fielder’s choice.
A leadoff single in the fifth by Alex Wilson led to another run following two more singles by Wade Begley and Zane Meyers.
A walk, an error and singles by Begley and Meyers produced the three-run sixth that sealed the win.
Starting pitcher Adam Goodwin and three relievers, Landyn Smith, Stice and Chance Davis, held Fulton to four hits and one earned run over seven innings. with Stice earning the victory.
The Panthers were out-hit 8-3 in their afternoon loss to Southern Boone.
Palmyra’s lone run came in the top of the seventh on a single by Meyers, who moved to second when Goodwin was hit by a pitch and scored on single by Stice.
Begley started on the mound and was relieved by Nolyn Richards, Quade Plunkett, Stice and Meyers.
This week, the Panthers were scheduled to host Elsberry, Tuesday, and Canton, Thursday.