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The PHS varsity baseball team recovered from a rough stretch to go into next week’s district on a winning note.
After losing four in a row and eight of their last 13, the Panthers (15-8) bounced back by winning a conference championship as well as two of three games during the Palmyra-QND Slam over the weekend.
The Panthers ended a four- game losing streak in a big way, Thursday, when they beat South Shelby, 12-4, at Shelbina, to capture an undefeated conference championship.
Palmyra made sure there was little doubt of the outcome early by scoring four runs in the first, and two each in the second and third innings.
They then added to a 6-1 lead by adding three in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Palmyra out-hit the Cardinals 10-8.
Landyn Smith, Zane Meyers, and Nolyn Richards had two-hit games, while Brody Lehenbauer hit the team’s lone extra-base hit, a double.
Three Panthers shared the pitching duties, starting with Bennett Stice, who was followed by Ethan Tallman and Richards.
Palmyra’s conference dominance in their seven victories by a collective score of 78-15 included three shutouts.
The only real nail-biter was a 3-2 thriller over Centralia on the home field April 29.
The Panthers opened The Slam Friday with a 16-5 defeat to Kirksville Friday.
Palmyra was out hit 15-10 while committing eight fielding errors.
Lehenbauer and Richards had two-hit games while Zane Meyers produced the team’s only extra-base hit, a double.
The Panthers used four pitchers in the game.
The Panthers responded from the tough loss with a 1-0 victory over Hannibal, Saturday morning, behind a complete-game two-hitter by Stice.
The senior right-hander struck out 10 and walked one with the two hits being a first-inning single and a two-out double in the fourth inning.
Richards’ second-inning double drove in Adam Goodwin for the game’s only run.
Palmyra capped the slam with a 15-5 win over Marceline Saturday afternoon.
Richards and Lehenbauer both had three hits while Smith, Meyers, Wade Begley and Goodwin all had two-hit games.
Meyers started on the mound and earned the win with relief help from Smith and Alex Loman.
Palmyra’s losing streak reached four games with a 4-2 defeat at Liberty (lll.) Monday.
The Panthers took 1-0 lead in the top of the first and went up 2-0 in the fourth before Liberty responded with two in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Palmyra’s offense managed just four hits, all singles, which did not lead to either of their two runs.
Liberty’s starting pitcher, Hayden Spilker went six innings and did not give up an earned run while striking out 10 Panthers and walking two.
Lehenbauer pitched a complete game, giving up five hits and three earned runs while striking out five.
Smith had two of the team’s four hits.