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The PHS varsity baseball team split a double header with Blair Oaks and South Callaway at Mokane Saturday,
The Panthers downed the host team, 6-5, after falling to Blair Oaks, 5-1.
Trailing 3-2 going into the top of the sixth, the Panthers scored four and held on for the victory against South Callaway.
The big rally was sparked by singles from Ethan Tallman, Jon Lundberg, Rayce Ragar and Landyn Smith and Hunter Wilson’s hit-by-pitch.
Adam Goodwin went the first six innings and earned the win, with help from Alex Loman, who closed the door in the seventh to earn his first save of the season.
Palmyra out-hit South Callaway, 9-6.
The Panthers were held to five hits and one run by two Blair Oaks pitchers in the first game.
The game was scoreless until the third when Blair Oaks scored two. Palmyra cut the lead in half in the fourth, but gave up two in the sixth and one more in the seventh.
Tallman started and went the first four innings with Nolyn Richards going the rest of the way.
“Tallman and Richards pitched well, but defense had and few errors and walks came back to hurt us,” said Coach Mark Loman.
The Panthers held on for a big 8-6 conference win at Centralia, Wednesday.
The victory moved the Panthers into second place in the Clarence Cannon Conference with a 5-1 record, 6-8-1 overall.
Palmyra got out to a good start, scoring two runs in the top of the first on singles by Smith and Alex Wilson and a double by Loman, assisted by Centralia error.
The Panthers added a run in the third, but Centralia tied it up with single tallies in the first four innings.
Palmyra went ahead 8-4 with two runs in the fifth on a double by Loman, a single by Goodwin and another Centralia error, and then three runs in the seventh on two walks, two hit-by-pitches another Centralia error and hits by Rager and Richards.
Centralia answered with two in the bottom of the seventh and had the tying run at the plate when Smith got the batter to pop out to second to end the game.
Goodwin started on the mound but went just one and a third innings before giving way to Smith, who went the rest of the way.
Palmyra out-hit Centralia 9-6 and committed just two errors compared to Centralia’s six, which led to all but two of Palmyra’s runs being unearned.
Palmyra has just one conference game left, and it is a key one, this Thursday, at home against South Shelby, which is 4-1 in the CCC, 76-5 overall.
Macon leads the league at 5-1, 13-0 overall with remaining games against Clark County (3-1, 7-7 overall) and Highland (0-6, 0-11 overall.
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.
4/18 HV L 3-14, 3-8-1
4/28 at Cent. W 8-5, 6-8-1
4/30 B.O. L 1-5, 6-9-1
at S.C. W 6.5, 7-9-1
5/2 Liberty (Ill.)
5/5 S. Shelby
5/6-7 Palmyra Slam