Friday night’s Clarence Cannon Conference contest between visiting Palmyra and Mark Twain was supposed to be played this past Monday, but cold weather forced the game to be postponed. There wasn’t that much difference in the weather Friday as Palmyra clobbered Mark Twain 20-3 in five innings.
Palmyra scored the game’s first run. Caleb Kizer walked to open the game. After stealing second and advancing to third on an error, he crossed the plate on an RBI single off the bat of Brock Butler to give Palmyra a 1-0 lead.
In the home half of the first, Mark Twain fought back. The Tigers went through their entire batting order and scored three times to take a 3-1 lead.
“We started off the game the right way and with the right mental approach,” Mark Twain coach Ben Strother said. “We had some breaks that went our way, offensively, and so to be up 3 to 1 was a good feeling.”
Like Palmyra, Mark Twain’s leadoff batter, Ethan Anderson, drew a free pass. After a strikeout, Paxton Hill walked to advance Anderson to second.  An errant pickoff throw then enabled Anderson to take third.
The Tigers caught Palmyra unprepared and tied the game a 1-1 when Douglas Camden dropped down a squeeze bunt that scored Anderson.
“That is what you have to do sometimes to get the ball rolling,” Strother said. “Our guys executed it great. We had a senior on third base and a senior hitting, so it was a great opportunity. It was a lot of fun. But, in a game like that, it is just a drop in the bucket.”
“(Mark Twain) kind of surprised us with the squeeze to tie it at 1-1 in the first,” Palmyra coach Mark Loman said. “We really weren’t ready for that. ... But, we came back and played pretty well the rest of the game.”
Hill came around to score on a wild pitch to give Mark Twain the lead. Following two more walks, the Tigers had the bases loaded, forcing Palmyra to make a pitching change.
Sophomore Logan Scholl came on in relief and walked the first batter he faced, forcing in another run. But that would be it for Mark Twain.
“I have come in in situations like that before in summer league,” Scholl said. “I felt like I had a good defense behind me amd I just tried to throw strikes.”
Scholl struck out the next two batters to end the inning and the Tigers’ threat.
“(Scholl) threw really well, especailly after the first inning,” Loman said.
Palmyra didn’t trail long though. The Panthers sent 10 men to the plate in the  top of the second, scoring six times to take a 7-3 lead.
“We started off kind of slow with the cold weather and everything,” Hudson said. “But, we finally started swinging the bat and hitting the ball hard on the ground and finding gaps.”
Palmyra doubled its score in the third, again sending 10 men to the plate. This time though, Palmyra scored seven runs to take a 14-3 lead after two and a half innings of play.
Palmyra got a base runner in the fourth on a walk, but was held scoreless. The Panthers then scored six more times in the top of the fifth, sending nine batters to the plate.
In his first appearance on the mound in a varsity game, Scholl got the win. He pitched 4.2 innings of shutout ball. The sophomore retired five straight at one point and allowed just one hit. He walked three and struck out five.
“I just trusted my defense and tried to throw as many strikes as possible,” Scholl said. “I didn’t mix in the curveball until the second inning. I kind of had to get a feel for the mound out there, but once I did, I had it under control and sailed through the rest.”
Palmyra banged out 12 hits and drew almost as many free passes (10). Butler, Holden Hudson, and Trevor Meny each had a two-hit day.
“We didn’t swing at very many bad pitches,” Loman said. “The zone was kind of small, but he was consistent with his zone and we took advantage of that. Our guys were patient. We didn’t have too many popup outs. We made (Mark Twain) make some plays. They had some errors and we took advantage of the errors.”
Butler was 2-for-2 with 3 RBIs, a pair of runs scored, and two stolen bases while Hudson was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and four runs batted in, including a three-run double in the fifth.
“I juts saw the pitch and stayed level,” Hudson said. “I kept my hands back and drove through it. I just happened to get it in the gap.”
Meny was 2-for-3 with a two-run single and a stolen base.
Scholl also crossed home plate three times for the Panthers while Alex Bross  and Caleb Kizer each scored twice.
Hill took the loss for Mark Twain. The Tigers’ junior hurler lasted 2.1 innings and allowed 12 runs, all earned on five hits and seven walks. Hill struck out two.
At the plate, Mark Twain had just two hits, Camden’s RBI bunt single and a leadoff single from Corey Cornelius in the fourth. The Tigers did draw seven walks. Cornelius, Anderson and Hill each reached base safely twice. Anderson and Hill each had a pair of walks while Cornelius had a single and a walk.
Mark Twain falls to 1-3 with the loss. The Tigers will be back out on the diamond Monday when Mark Twain hosts Clopton in a non-conference game.
With the win, Palmyra is now 4-0 on the season. The Panthers’ offense is on a roll as they have scored a combined 33 runs over their last two games. Palmyra will be back in action on Monday when the Panthers host Liberty.