The Palmyra Panthers came to Veteran’s Field on Friday to face the Pirates in a rivalry game. Palmyra’s defense and offense were both working for the Panthers, who took home a 15-0 victory.
Hannibal’s Gabe Worthington was able to get a single in the bottom of the first. However, that would be all that the Pirates' offense could come up with.
Caden Power would start the second with a single. The Panthers’ would load the bases on an error and a walk. The first run for the Panthers came off of a walk. The Panthers were able to score another run on an error and would come up with another run by a walk. Panthers would take the lead 3-0 the second.
Adam Baxter would single for the Pirates in the bottom of the second, but that would be all the Pirates could come up with offensively.
Mason Scholl would single and take an extra base on a throw to the infield. The Panthers would load the bases allowing Kaden Malone to lay down a bunt and score the runner on third base. Panthers would load the bases again and a run would score on a passed ball. Trevor Wade would come in on the mound for the Pirates. He would give up a walk and another run for the Panthers. The Panthers would lead 6-0.
Mason Tharp would reach base for the Pirates on an error by the Panthers and take another base to get the Pirates offense going. Once again, the Pirates could come up empty.
Powers, who walked leading off the fourth, would score on a throwing error, boosting the Panthers lead to 7-0.
The Panthers started off the top of the fifth inning with a single by Peyton Abbott. He would steal a base and eventually score Palmyra's eighth run on a double by Nolan Wosman.
Palmyra's offense exploded in the sixth, scoring seven more runs. Gary Culp took over on the mound for the Pirates. The Panthers would draw a couple walks by Dakota Compton and Lehenbauer to start the sixth. A double to right field would score Compton and Lehenbauer. Meyers would single to centerfield scoring a run. Panthers would score four more runs in the inning, giving them a 15-0 lead over the Pirates.
Chase Kirby would single in the bottom of the sixth for the Pirates, but that would be all the offense could do.
Corder Lehenbauer took the win for the Panthers. He went five innings allowing two hits, zero runs, walking one, and striking out five.
“I was feeling good. I was throwing strikes," he said. "We had some hard hits tonight. Our defense made some good plays and we got the win tonight.”
Mason Scholl threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Palmyra Coach Lohman had this to say after the game, “I was impressed tonight, mostly with our pitchers. They were throwing strikes. Corder threw really well. Mason threw well behind him and offensively we put the ball in play and capitalized on their walks and mistakes. It was a good day for us.”
Will Whitaker took the loss for the Pirates. He went 2 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on two hits and striking out three. Trevor Wade and Culp also saw pitching action for the Pirates.Baxter, Kirby, and Worthington each collected one hit in the Pirate loss.
Coach Ian Hatton was disappointed with the outcome, but hopeful as the season continues. “Our pitchers did a great job battling. We walked a few too many guys at times. We struggled a bit defensively and definitely at the plate," he said. "I am proud of how we battled back on defense after some mistakes, but the biggest story of the night is not putting anything together on offense and not putting any pressure on them on the mound or defensively. Definitely not the outcome we wanted, but it’s not the end of the season just yet.”