Before Tuesday, the Palmyra baseball team had yet to lose a game. Quincy Notre Dame changed that.


Palmyra welcomed the Raiders to its home park for a Tuesday afternoon tilt. Thanks to a few defensive miscues and a big third inning from QND, Palmyra picked up its first loss of the season, losing to the Raiders 10-2.


Before Tuesday, the Palmyra baseball team had yet to lose a game. Quincy Notre Dame changed that.

Palmyra welcomed the Raiders to its home park for a Tuesday afternoon tilt. Thanks to a few defensive miscues and a big third inning from QND, Palmyra picked up its first loss of the season, losing to the Raiders 10-2.

“We just didn’t play Palmyra baseball,” Palmyra head coach Josh Hopkins said. “We had some uncharacteristically poor defense. I think we committed four errors in the previous four games, and I think we had four tonight. That’s not what we do. That hurt us.”

QND struck first in the top of the first inning. With two outs and a runner in scoring position, Palmyra starter Colten Goode induced a groundball to Levi Miles at first base. The ball went right under Miles’ glove and QND scored to take a 1-0 lead.

After Palmyra failed to answer in the bottom half of the first inning, both teams were held off the board in the second inning. In the third inning, however, QND struck.

Goode retired the Raiders’ leadoff man, but then QND went to work. The Raiders next five hitters all reached base and would all come around to score.

Goode had no luck at all. He struck out Kramer Barnes, but the ball got past catcher Keith Caldwell and Barnes was able to reach base.

The QND five-spot put Palmyra in a 6-0 hole. The Panthers got one back in the bottom of the third inning. Austin Hinkle reached on an error by the QND shortstop and came around to score after Levi Miles reached on a throwing error by the QND pitcher.

In the fourth, QND struck again. The Raiders would add one run in the fourth, one run in the fifth and two runs in the seventh to build up a 10-1 lead. QND scored in five of the seven innings Tuesday, failing to send a runner home in the second and sixth frames.

Palmyra just never could get things going against the QND pitchers. Lance Peters started the game and went four strong innings. He turned the ball over to Luke Stamerjohn who closed out the win.

The closest Palmyra came to having a big inning was in the bottom of the fourth, but a double-play ended a Palmyra rally. The Panthers had men on first and second with one out before a 6-4-3 double play ended the inning.

“I think we probably would have gotten one or two there if we could’ve stayed out of that double play,” Hopkins said. “But you can’t ask any more from the kids than to put the ball in play and keep it out of the air.”

The Panthers managed to get another run across in the seventh and final inning. Chad Englehardt reached on and error and was driven in by Hinkle with two outs. Hinkle was left stranded at first and Palmyra lost the game 10-2.

“It could’ve been a ball game, we just had some errors that kept us from making it a game,” Hopkins said.

Goode tossed a complete game for the Panthers, striking out five and giving up 10 hits. With Tuesday’s game being the fourth in four days for the Panthers, Hopkins needed to get some innings out of his starter. Goode refused to be taken out of the ball game before he did just that.

“He fought really hard,” Hopkins said. “... He wanted the ball. I went out and talked to him. I said, ‘Hey, you’re on a short leash right now,’ and he said, ‘No coach, I want the ball right now. I can handle it.’ You want kids like that.”

Palmyra is now 4-1 on the season. The Panthers will be off today, but back in action on Thursday. Palmyra will hit the road for a 4:30 p.m. game against West Pike.