Second Look: Area squads reach midseason form

Posted: Apr. 17, 2017 12:01 am

There’s never a bad time to come up with a four-hit game, but not many people will remember Peyton Abbott’s game against Unity last Monday night.

The Palmyra No. 9 hitter recorded a perfect day at the plate with four singles and a walk. However, the performance will be overshadowed by Jacob Kroeger’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning for the Panthers.

Palmyra coach Mark Loman lauded the performance of Abbott.

“He does exactly what we preach to the kids. He doesn’t try and swing too hard or do too much at the plate,” the Panthers skipper said.

Kroeger also had some praise for his teammates, who was aboard base when he hit the walk-off.

“We call him our second leadoff,” Kroeger said. “He probably leads our team in on-base percentage. He does a really good job of putting the ball in play and puts pressure on the defense to try and get him out.”


Last Monday’s win for Palmyra on the diamond may have been thrilling to the players, but coach Loman had some mixed emotions.

“Well I guess it sure beats losing,” the coach said after his team overcame a six-run deficit.

Part of the reason Loman wasn’t as thrilled as everyone else is because the way his team performed earlier on.

The Panthers loaded the bases with no outs in the home half of the first inning and failed to score. A base running gaffe also took away the possibility of a big inning later on in the game, in addition to the Panthers defense committing five errors.

“It was one of the toughest games we have been a part of in regards to keeping our patience as coaches,” Loman explained. “Just too many mistakes. We certainly hope we don’t continue to spot teams the amount of runs like we did.”

But the coach also noted the obvious plus side of the comeback win.

“With a young team like we have you just hope you can start to gel as a team and I think this game did just that,” he said. “And we also found out as long as we keep swinging the bats that we can be down and still come back.”


The Monroe City baseball team gave Palmyra a run for its money during a Clarence Cannon Conference clash Thursday night.

Seeking its first conference win, Monroe City took the lead when Jordan Bichsel tripled home Dawson Shively to go up 1-0 in the third.

The game was knotted at 1 in the fifth before Palmyra shortstop Nolan Wosman cleared the centerfield fence for a solo homer. Palmyra then never relinquished its lead, adding two more tallies in the sixth for insurance.

Despite the loss, Monroe City coach Derek Vanlandingham said he was pleased with how his team battled against Palmyra, winners of four straight district championships.

"That’s what we’ve been stressing the whole entire time,” he said. "Just come out and compete and see what happens. If we can play with this team, we can play with anybody in the state of Missouri.

"The way we lost was a lot better than what we had been. Palmyra actually beat us tonight. We didn’t give them the game like we had been."


The Marion County track and field teams came away with their best performance of the season Wednesday at Atlanta. The Mustangs came away with five top three finishes including a win from Eric Bonney in the 1,600.

Coach Lisa Arment was very pleased with the performance of her young teams.

“We keep improving and that’s what important,” the Mustangs coach said. “We may have a small team but they are dedicated to the sport and all of them work so hard. I look forward to every meet because of the way they work both in practice and at the meets.”


Hannibal girls soccer coach Eric Hill left Porter Stadium Tuesday evening disappointed with his team’s 6-0 defeat at the hands of Helias Catholic. But he did find a positive in the loss.

The Lady Pirates spent most of the game on defense and chasing the Lady Crusaders and only put three shots on goal.

But the lack of offensive chances came as no fault to Hannah Nichols and Grace McIntosh. The two Lady Pirate players placed numerous corner kicks on target, to no avail.

“They both made some really nice corner kicks but we just couldn’t connect,” the Lady Pirates coach said. “If sounds funny to say in a 6-0 loss, but if we can connect on one of those early on in the game it could shift the momentum for the rest of the match.”


Mark Twain baseball coach Ian Hatton was nothing but thrilled Tuesday following his team’s 6-4 home victory over Silex, which reached the Class 1 semifinals a year ago.

The Tigers knocked the Owls top pitcher Colton Groshong out of the contest before he could record an out.

While Mark Twain only managed one run in the first inning after loading the bases with nobody out, the momentum was firmly in the hands of the home squad.

"That was their best guy,” Hatton said of Groshong. "He threw against us last year and threw a great game. For us to work counts and get the pitch count up really fast and run him out of the game, that was huge for us."

Corey Kunkel earned the win with 4 1/3 innings pitched an two earned runs allowed, while deliver Loren Carlisle shut the door with a dominant 2 2/3 inning outing to secure the win.

Bailey McMillen, the Tigers No. 3 hitter, reached base four times, going 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs and an RBI.

"To be one day out of a conference loss in the opener and to come out here at home against a really quality opponent and get this win, it shows a lot about our guys’ character,” Hatton said, referring to a tough 11-1 loss at Montgomery County on Monday.

Mark Twain went on to throttle Van-Far 13-4 on Thursday before coughing up a fifth-inning lead during a 15-5 setback Friday at Bowling Green.

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