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by Mark Cheffey
The PHS varsity boys baseball team enjoyed the thrill of playing in Busch Stadium in St. Louis Friday and came away with a 7-7 tie against Jacksonville, Ill.
“Our coaches and players thought this was the most complete game we have played all season,” said Mark Loman, whose team committed just one error and turned a double play, behind strong pitching.
“Offensively, we had 10 hits and saw great pitching from Jacksonville,” Loman said.
The game ended in 7-7 tie due to both coaches agreeing prior to game to make sure all players got into the game prior to time limit.
“Officially, a game goes as a 7-7 tie for our varsity team,” Loman said. “However, since the junior varsity played an inning and half, our combined efforts ended with score 9-5 on scoreboard.”
Jacksonville was home team on the scoreboard and did not have a chance to hit in the bottom of 9th due to time limit constraints.
“Our coaches were so happy to see all of our players have a chance to hit and see some ‘game action’ success on the field at Busch Stadium,” Loman said.
After starting the season 0-7, the Panthers turned things around this past week with wins over Unity, Ill., Clark County and Monroe City.
Palmyra traveled to Monroe City Thursday and clobbered the home team 20-6.
The Panther offense produced eight hits but also took advantage of four Monroe City errors and seven walks.
Hitting stars included:
Adam Goodwin, 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI;
Landyn Smith, 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI;
and Nolyn Richards, who blasted a home run.
The Panthers earned their second victory of the season in a wild one, 21-17, at home Tuesday over Clark County.
The Panthers were down 8-0 and 16-4, but scored two touchdowns in the fifth inning and added a field goal in the sixth to win the game.
The two teams combined for 37 hits on a day with the wind blowing a gale out to left, yet there was not a single home run.
Hitting stars for Palmyra were Alex Wilson 4-for-6 with seven runs batted in and a run scored, and Jon Lundberg and Alex Loman who had three hits each.
Enjoying two-hit games were Landyn Smith, Adam Goodwin, Ethan Tallman, Brayden Shannon and Colby Cook.
The Panthers used five pitchers and played errorless defense.
The Panthers broke the season opening seven-game losing streak with a 10-5 win at Unity (Ill.) last Monday.
Unity got out to a 3-1 lead, before Palmyra went ahead with three runs in the third and one in the fourth.
Unity tied the game with single tallies in the fifth and sixth before Palmyra scored five in the seventh to ice the victory.
Hunter Wilson started and was relieved after four innings by Nolyn Richards.
Landyn Smith and Adam Goodwin lead the team’s eight-hit offense with two hits each. Smith also hit a double and scored four runs.
This week, the Panthers are scheduled to host Hallsville, Monday, and travel to Highland, Tuesday, and Brookfield, Friday.
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 atUnityW11-5, 1-7
4/12 CC W 21-17, 2-7
4/14 at MC W 20-6, 3-7
4/15 Jacks. T 7-7, 3-7-1
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