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The PHS varsity baseball team is still looking for its first victory of the season following three losses last week.
The Panthers fell to 0-7 with defeats to Bowling Green, Macon and Moberly. However, Coach Mark Loman says the team remains resolved and is striving to turn things around.
“It’s never fun to lose, but we are keeping things in perspective,” said Loman, whose team has played a rugged schedule so far that includes teams with a combined record of 56-15.
“Our guys are working extremely hard in practice to improve their skill level and confidence.”
Loman sees signs the pitching is starting to come around.
“Our starting pitching is becoming more consistent,” Loman said. “Adam Goodwin looks sharper with every start, Ethan Tallman is getting a good feel for his pitches, and Landyn Smith had 12 strikeouts in relief in the Moberly game and was very good.
“Alex Wilson and Hunter Wilson are just getting a feel for what varsity action is like on the mound, and I think they are also progressing nicely in practice.”
Loman thinks the bats are also coming along with players battling at the plate.
“Offensively, we have been one hit away from being in or winning two of the three games this week,” he said. “ Our guys are taking very good at bats, and we are seeing progress.
Defensively, Loman said, the team is still looking for the right combination of kids who can play multiple positions.
“This is a work in progress, and I know we will continue to improve,” he said.
The Panthers ended the week with a tough 9-7 loss to Moberly.
Palmyra took a 5-0 first inning lead only to fall behind when Moberly answered with four in the third and two in the fourth.
Palmyra went back ahead with two in the bottom of the fourth when Smith walked and scored on Wilson’s single and Goodwin hit a bid two-out double to score Wilson.
But, Moberly tied the game in the top of the fifth and went ahead for good with two in the top of the seventh.
Palmyra got two singles and a walk to start the bottom of the seventh but failed to score.
The Panthers actually out-hit Moberly, 12-9, with Alex Loman leading the way with a 4-for-5 performance.
The Panthers opened the week with a 5-2 loss at Bowling Green, Monday.
Palmyra managed just four hits and two third-inning runs which gave the team a brief one-run lead.
Jon Lundberg and Alex Wilson singled moved ahead on a balk and scored on a single by Alex Loman.
Tallman started on the mound and went 4.1 innings, giving up five runs, four of them earned, five hits and four walks while striking out eight.
Nolyan Richards finished by pitching 1.2 shutout innings.
The Panthers were home the next day and lost their first Clarence Cannon Conference game of the season when they were no-hit by Macon, 6-0.
The game was scoreless until the third when Macon scored one, and followed it up with three in the fourth and two in the fifth.
The Tigers’ Chrisjen Rieleberg threw the no-hitter giving up just four walks while striking out 11 Panthers.
The only batted ball by Palmyra to get out of the infield was a booted grounder by the second-baseman.
Goodwin, Wilson and Smith split the pitching duties.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Macon, but was moved to Palmyra to avoid inclement weather.
This week, the Panthers are are scheduled to travel to Unity (Ill.), Monday, and host Clark County, Tuesday, before going to Monroe City, Thursday, and Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Friday to play Jacksonville.
3/19 at S.Boone
S. Boone L 3-12, 0-1
Fulton L 2-10, 0-2
3/22 at Els.L 6-12, 0-3
3/29 QND L 0-15, 0-4
4/4 at B.G. L 2-5, 0-5
4/5 Macon L 0-6, 0-6
4/9 Mob. L 7-9, 0-7
4/11 at Unity (Ill.)
4/12 Clark Co.
4/14 at Mon. City
4/15 Jacks. 6 p.m.
at Busch Stad.
4/19 at Highland
4/22 at Brookfield
4/28 at Centralia
5/2 Liberty (Ill.)
5/5 S. Shelby
5/6-7 Palmyra Slam