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The PHS varsity baseball team hit a rough patch, losing three games in two days that included getting no-hit.
On a positive note, the Panthers (11-7) clinched a piece of the conference title with a thrilling 3-2 win at home over Centralia Thursday.
Hannibal’s Tanner VanWinkle tossed a no-hitter as the Pirates handed Palmyra a 12-0 road defeat Friday.
VanWinkle needed just five innings and struck out five while walking one. The only other base runner reached on an error.
Wade Begley and Chance Davis pitched for Palmyra.
The Panthers then lost both games to Blair Oaks and South Callway during the South Callway Cluster Saturday.
The Panthers opened with a 10-1 loss to Blair Oaks, trailing 10-0 going into the sixth inning when they scored their only run.
Blair Oaks notched 12 hits against four Panther pitchers, while Palmyra managed just three hits while committing five errors.
Palmyra’s late comeback fell short in a 6-4 loss to South Callaway.
The Panthers trailed 5-1 after four, but scored single tallies in the fifth, sixth and seventh to make it a close game.
Brody Lehenbauer had two hits while Bennett Stice, Adam Goodwin and Nolyn Richards had single hits.
Landyn Smith started and went four and a third innings, giving up two earned runs, four hits and five walks while striking out two.
Zane Meyers pitched the final inning and two-thirds, giving up no hits and no runs while striking out three.
Stice capped a two-run rally in the seventh with a two-out, walk-off single keeping the Panthers undefeated in Clarence Cannon Conference play with their win over Centralia.
Palmyra is 6-0 in the conference with one game left this Thursday at South Shelby (8-3 overall, 3-1 CCC). A victory, would complete an undefeated conference championship.
Things looked grim for the Panthers in maintaining their perfect conference record when they entered the bottom of the seventh down by one and three outs away from a loss to Centralia which came into the game with just one CCC defeat.
But, Palmyra’s eight batter in the order, Nolyn Richards quickly tied the game up by blasting a home run over the fence in center.
Things looked even better when the ninth-place batter, Alex Wilson, singled to center and moved to second as the potential winning run on a sacrifice bunt by Brody Lehenbauer.
Landyn Smith struck out for the second out, but Zane Meyers was intentionally walked and Wade Begley also drew a base on balls setting up Stice’s game-winner, which came on a 1-2 count.
Stice started on the mound for Palmyra and went six innings, but was touched for single runs in the second and fifth, both added by misplays.
The tall right-hander gave up four hits and three walks, but struck out 12.
Richards pitched a scoreless seventh and earned the win, thanks in part to his own home run, while giving up one hit and striking out two.
Palmyra took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Lehenbauer hit a leadoff single, moved second on Smith’s sacrifice bunt, moved to third on a ground out by Meyers and scored on a wild pitch.