The Palmyra baseball team racked up 17 wins during the regular season and made quite a splash on the Clarence Cannon All-Conference team.
The Palmyra baseball team racked up 17 wins during the regular season and consequently made quite a splash on the 2017 Clarence Cannon All-Conference team.
Eight Panthers received honors, including two first-team selections, five second-team picks and one honorable mention as voted by league coaches.
The Panthers finished 6-1 in CCC contests to tie Clark County for the best conference record.
Jacob Kroeger, who coach Mark Loman called "our team leader in every sense of the word," earned first-team honors.
On top of a 4-2 record and 3.64 ERA during 32 2/3 innings on the mound, the outfielder has proven to be a force at the plate with a .403 average, 22 RBIs and 26 runs.
Nolan Wosman was selected to the first team for his standout season as a shortstop.
The sophomore leads the squad with a .485 batting average and has contributed four home runs, 30 RBIs and 24 runs scored. He has struck out just four times in 90 plate appearances.
"(It was) impressive to see him time pitchers regardless of change of speed," Loman noted.
Hayden Hoerr made the second-team as a pitcher. The hurler maintains an 8-0 season record and has allowed just seven earned runs over 35 2/3 innings of work for a minuscule earned run average of 1.34.
Hoerr has struck out 41 batters while only walking 15. He has retired the leadoff hitter in 26 innings and proven to be a master of control, throwing first-pitch strikes more than two-thirds of the time.
"A first for me as a coach, one time this year before a home game Hayden threw an entire pregame warm up session without throwing one ball," Loman said. "He throws first-pitch strikes."
Peyton Abbott was named to the second team. The infielder — "consistently a tough out," Loman said — leads the Panthers with 32 runs scored and holds a .419 batting average.
Jory Maddox, who has batted .292 with a .427 on-base percentage, landed a spot on the second team. Palmyra's "Mr. Hustle" leads the squad with 13 stolen bases.
Peyton Plunkett earned second-team honors by batting .294 with 20 runs and 20 RBIs thanks to "great bat speed at the plate." The junior plays outfield and also has recorded two wins on the mound, pitching 26 2/3 total innings with a 3.15 ERA.
Catcher Brady Barnett, durable defensively and a clutch offensive threat, was named second-team. The backstop delivered nine two-out RBIs during the regular season and is "continuing to get better every game behind the plate," Loman said.
Designated hitter and first baseman Brock Malone received the all-conference nod as an honorable mention. He is batting .320 with 12 runs scored and 10 RBIs. "Malone has really has come up with some big hits of late and finds a way to get on," Loman said.
In addition to the CCC honors, Wosman, Kroeger, Plunkett, Barnett and Malone were selected to the Class 3 District 8 team after the Panthers defeated Macon and Clark County en route to its fifth straight district championship.
Palmyra (19-5) travels to face Hallsville in Class 3 sectionals at 5 p.m. on Monday.