With most high school baseball games having been cancelled or rescheduled because of wet field, the Palmyra baseball team got its game in Tuesday. The Panthers doubled up Elsberry 12-6 to pick up their second win of the season.
“We are just glad we got the game in,” Palmyra coach Mark Loman said. “It was going to be a huge letdown for the guys if we didn’t get the game in today. I gave them the day off yesterday because we have been having practice on weekends so that we can get the 14 practices in and we are able to play. I wanted to give them a couple of days off and I wasn’t sure how we would respond to that, but we did well.”
After three scoreless innings to start the game, Palmyra broke up the shutout with three runs in the fourth inning. However, Elsberry bounced right back with a four-spot in the top of the fourth inning.
The Indians got a pair of runs off Palmyra starter Aaron Stone before he was lifted because of maxing out his pitch count. Holden Hudson came on in relief and allowed two more runs, giving Elsberry the a 4-3 lead after four and a half innings of play.
“Aaron Stone did a fantastic job his first time out,” Loman said. “He was on a pitch count and it was only his second varsity start. He started one game as a freshman last year.”
Stone allowed just two runs on three hits over four and a third innings pitched. Stone walked two and struck out four. He left with the lead, but ended up with a no decision.
But, Elsberry’s lead didn’t last long though. The Panthers sent all nine batters to the plate and exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 9-4 lead. Palmyra never reliquinshed the lead from that point.
Palmyra added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead to 12-4.
Elsberry didn’t go quietly though. as the Indians plated two more runs in the top of the seventh off of Hudson. Josh Hultz then relieved Hudson and got the final two outs of the game to secure Palmyra’s win.
Hudson (1-0) worked two innings and picked up the win. Hudson allowed 4 runs, only three of which were earned. He walked five and struck out three.
“He was a little bit disappointed with his pitching performance,” Loman said. “But, he was a big part of our offense. Overall he had a great game.”
At the plate, Hudson was one of four Panther hitters to record a multiple hit game. Hudson was 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored and a pair of RBI’s. Hudson also walked and stole a base.
Page 2 of 2 - Also recording multiple hits were Caleb Kizer, Seth Brown, and Layton Wilson. All three were 2-for-3. Wilson scored a pair of runs and drove in two for Palmyra. Kizer also scored twice while Brown knocked in a pair.
“I think our guys were determined to have better at bats and not being so impatient,” Loman said. “We hit some balls really hard. After that first game where we didn’t have a whole lot of offense, to be able to do that tonight, we had a lot of quality at bats throughout the lineup.”
Palmyra is off today, but pending weather, the Panthers are scheduled to host Canton on Thursday. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.
PALMYRA 12, ELSBERRY 6
Elsberry 000 040 2 - 6 6 2
Palmyra 000 363 X - 12 10 2
Pitching: Stone (4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 BB), Hudson W 1-0 (2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K), Hultz (0.2, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HBP)
Batting: Caleb Kizer 2-3 (2 R, SB, BB), Hudson 2-2 (2 R, SB, BB, 2 RBI), Seth Brown 2-3 (R, 2 RBI), Butler 1-3 (R, 2B, RBI), Wilson 2-3 (2 RBI, 2 R), Hultz 1-2 (R, SB, 2 RBI), Doyle 0-3, Nutt 1-3 (R), Kevin Bross 0-1, Funkenbush 0-0 (BB, RBI), Cole Kizer 0-1, Trevor Meny 0-1 (BB, 2 R)
Record: Palmyra 2-0