Lady Panthers upset in district semifinals
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The PHS varsity softball team fell victim to district semifinal upset-itus Friday which ended its season short of its goals.
Second-seeded Palmyra lost to third-seeded Highland, 3-2, to end the season at 12-7.
Also that day, fourth-seeded Clark County ended the season for top-seeded Monroe City, 6-2, and went on to win the district title Saturday with a 7-3 win over Highland.
Highland’s junior pitcher, Payton Miller, all but silenced Palmyra’s bats, tossing a complete game four hitter, striking out 10 and walking none.
Palmyra got on the scoreboard first with a run in the bottom of the fourth on a triple by Aliana Loman, followed by a double by Jazlin Gottman.
Highland took the lead in the next frame, scoring twice on a triple, and error and a fielders choice ground ball.
Palmyra tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when Abbey Redd led off with a single, advanced to second on an error, stole third and scored on Loman’s sacrifice fly.
Highland would score what would turn out to be the winning run in the top of the seventh on a single by Emma Harshberger and a two-out double by Miller, who then retired the Lady Panthers in order in the bottom of the inning to seal the victory.
Clark County will now host Marceline in the Class 2 sectionals Wednesday in Kahoka.
The winner will advanced to the quarterfinals and play the winner of Wednesday’s sectional between New Bloomfield and Elsberry.
The Lady Indians (12-14) rose out of the ashes to win the district title.
As recently as Oct. 4, Clark County lost its sixth game in row to Macon, 17-5, to go 8-14, but have not lost since and are now on a four-win roll.
Kennedy Wilson tossed a five-inning no-hitter in Palmyra’s 10-0 win over Louisiana in the district quarterfinals Thursday.
In her second no-no of the season, Wilson struck out nine and walked three while not allowing a single batted ball out of the infield.
The Lady Panthers broke the game open with three runs in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead into the fifth when they plated four including the walk off run, Anna Ragar drove in Lexi Peuster from third on a two out infield grounder.
Gottman and Jansen Juette led the team’s six-hit attack with two hits each, including a double by Gottman.
Redd also contributed a triple to lead off the bottom of the first and scored on the play thanks to a Louisiana misplay.
2021 PHS Varsity/JV
Softball Final Results
8/27-28 at Troy Tour. (V)
FZS W 4-1, 1-0
Ful. L 1-12, 1-1
BG W 5-0, 2-1
Timb. L 2-10, 2-2
8/31 at Lou. W 8-1, 3-2
9/2 M.T. W 10-0, 4-2
9/7 LaPlata W 8-0, 5-2
9/9 M. City* L 1-4, 5-3
9/13 at Mob. L 1-2, 5-4
9/14 at Clark Co. W 9-1, 6-4
9/16 at Bowl. Gr. W 5-2, 7-4
9/21 S.Shelby* W 14-1, 8-4
9/23 Macon* W 3-2, 9-4
9/27 at High.* W 10-0, 10-4
9/28 at Brook.* W 6-2, 11-4
10/4 at Canton L 6-0, 11-5
10/9 Centralia L 4-5, 11-6
10/13=16 Dist. 5 Tourney, Palmyra
10/14 Lou. W 10-0, 12-6
10/15 High. L 2-3, 12-7
* Clarence Cannon Conference game