The Palmyra softball team capitalized on opportunities and relied on stellar pitching to secure a 6-0 shutout over South Shelby on Wednesday.

The Palmyra softball team capitalized on opportunities and relied on stellar pitching to secure a 6-0 shutout over South Shelby on Wednesday in a Class 2 District 6 quarterfinal game.

Lauren Van Tress struck out 13 batters over six innings of one-hit ball to lead the Lady Panthers to victory at Flower City Park. 

Palmyra advances to play Monroe City in a semifinal Thursday night. 

Megan Stone, Lexi Arch and Cameron O'Brien each posted two hits for the Lady Panthers, who broke the game open with a four-run third inning and never looked back.

Stone walked and came around to score on a passed ball to give Palmyra a 1-0 lead in the first. 

The Lady Panthers scored four times with two outs in the third. Stone scored via a Ladybird error before Arch and Bailey Lovelace came home on passed balls. O'Brien delivered an RBI single to drive in Morgan Ingram for a 5-0 advantage. 

Emma Wittler tripled and scored on a passed ball in the fourth for the final tally of the contest.

At one point Van Tress struck out seven consecutive hitters. The only hit she allowed was a double to the final batter she faced, but Palmyra threw out the lead runner at the plate to end the frame.

Lydia Althoff posted three strikeouts in the seventh to finalize the win.