The Palmyra Panthers notched their second win of the spring over Hannibal on Thursday night, knocking off the Pirates 13-3 at Flower City Park in Palmyra.
The Palmyra Panthers notched their second win of the spring over Hannibal on Thursday night, knocking off the Pirates 13-3 at Flower City Park in Palmyra. Jacob Kroeger started on the mound for the Panthers after being out of commission for several months following knee surgery. “I’m feeling good. It’s the first time I have pitched since last July. It was exciting. I was a little nervous coming off of an injury, but I am happy with the outcome tonight,” he said. Palmyra jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first. Payton Abbott and Nolan Wosman started things for the Panthers by reaching base. Brady Barnett singled in Abbott. Jacob Kroeger's single scored Wosman. Caden Power singled to score Barnett. The Panthers would add a run in the second on a sac fly by Barnett, scoring Wosman who had singled. It appeared the Pirates had scored in the third on a fly ball by Drake Dudley, but the runner on third was ruled out for leaving the base too soon. The Panthers made it 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth. Abbot would single while Wosman would walk. Abbot would steal third and score on a throwing error. Wosman, who moved up on the play, scored on a groundout by Barnett. The Pirate offense came alive in the fifth, scoring three times. Adam Baxter singled and then moved up on a passed ball. Lawson Rickey reached on an error, scoring Baxter from second base. Gary Culp followed with a single. Will Whitaker's double to right center scored Rickey and Culp. In the bottom of the fifth inning the Panthers' offense would tally four more runs. The big hit of the inning was a three-run homer by Wosman, which made the score 10-3. “I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit and drive it. Last couple of games I have started popping up and I just wanted something to put into play down the line,” Wosman said. Palmyra wrapped up the win in its half of the sixth. Caden Power launched a solo homer in the inning. “I was looking for a ball over the plate," said Power. "I knew the kid on the mound, so it’s good to have a little bit of a rivalry. He gave me a pitch I could hit and I hit it.” Tanner Vanwinkle took the loss for the Pirates. He lasted three innings allowing six hits, four runs, striking out one. Cade Power got the win for the Panthers. He surrendered zero runs on three hits, zero walks in two innings pitched.