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by Mark Cheffey
The PHS varsity girls softball team opened the season by going 1-3 at the Troy Lead-Off Tournament Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Panthers opened the event Friday with a win over Winfield, but then fell to Fulton, Timberland and Macon.
Palmyra scored two runs in both the first and third inning, but had to hold off a Winfield rally in the bottom of the seventh for the victory.
Bella McBride and Kennedy Wilson hit back-to-back singles with one out in the first and then scored on Hailey Kroeger’s double to left.
Abbey Redd doubled to lead off the third, moved to third on McBride’s single and scored on Lexie Peuster’s sacrifice fly.
Kroeger then came through in the clutch again with a two-out single to score McBride with the team’s final run of the game.
Meanwhile, Wilson held Winfield scoreless on two hits through six innings before getting into and out of trouble in the seventh for the complete-game mound win.
Palmyra and Fulton were deadlocked, 1-1, going into the bottom of the fifth when the Hornets broke through with four runs and handed the Lady Panthers a 5-1 loss in the tournament quarterfinals Friday.
Palmyra scored its only run in the top of the first without the benefit of a hit, when Redd led off with a walk, stole second and third and came home on an infield error.
Arizona Mitchell pitched a complete five-inning game, giving up just five hits and three walks. All five runs scored were unearned thanks to four Palmyra fielding errors.
The Lady Panthers opened play Saturday with an 8-5 loss to Timberland in the loser’s bracket.
The Lady Panthers matched the Wolves three first-inning runs with three of their own in the bottom of the inning, but trailed 8-3 going into the bottom of the seventh when their rally fell short.
Kroeger continued her two-out offensive production when she blasted a two-run home run in the first. She was followed up by back-to-back singles by Wilson and Tenlee Voss for the third run.
Redd, Alaina Loman and Peuster reached base to start the bottom of the seventh, but Palmyra could score just twice as the final three batters produced outs.
Wilson pitched the first five innings, taking the loss, while Mitchell pitched the final two innings.
Palmyra led 2-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning in their final game against Macon, but the Lady Tigers exploded for seven runs and two more in the fifth to secure their 9-2 victory.
Loman went 2-for-4 to lead the Palmyra offense, while Redd, Wilson and Mitchell all produced singles.
Mitchell pitched a complete six-inning game.
This week, the Lady Panthers were scheduled to play their first home game, Tuesday, against Louisiana, before traveling to Mark Twain, Thursday.
The Missouri High School Activities Association released district assignments Friday, and the Lady Panthers will compete in Class 3, District 3 along with Bowling Green, Fulton, Lutheran St. Charles, Mexico, Orchard Farm, Winfield and Wright City.
2022 PHS Varsity/JV
8/26-27 at Troy Tournament
8/26 Winfield W 4-2, 1-0
Fulton L 1-5, 1-1
8/27 Timber. L 5-8, 1-2
Macon L 2-9, 1-3
8/30 Louisiana 5 p.m.
9/1 at Mark Twain 5 p.m.
9/6 at LaPlata 5 p.m.
9/8 at Monroe City 5 p.m.
9/10 Canton, Palmyra Father Tolton TBA
9/12 Moberly 5 p.m.
9/13 Clark Co. * 5 p.m.
9/15 Bowling Green 5 p.m.
9/19 Elsberry 5 p.m.
9/20 at South Shelby* 5 p.m.
9/22 at Macon* 5 p.m.
9/24 S. Callaway,
Montgomery Co. TBA
9/26 Highland* 5 p.m.
9/27 Brookfield* 5 p.m.
10/1 Wright City, Southern Boone, Palmyra TBA
10/3 Canton 5 p.m.
10/5 at Troy 5 p.m.
10/6 at Centralia* 5 p.m.
10/10 at Hannibal 5 p.m.
* Clarence Cannon Conference game