The Monroe City baseball team picked up its first Clarence Cannon Conference victory of the season with an 11-1 trouncing of South Shelby on Monday night.

The Monroe City baseball team picked up its first Clarence Cannon Conference victory of the season with an 11-1 trouncing of South Shelby on Monday night.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first, the Panthers responded to score in each of the next four innings en route to the blowout victory.

Lance Williams scored on a passed ball in the second to knot the score before Dawson Shively did the same an inning later to go up 2-1. Also in the third, Williams came through with an RBI single to score teammate Austyn Nevels. 

Shively, Jordan Bichsel, Josh Underhill and Gavin Lehenbauer all picked up RBIs in the fourth inning to grow the home team's advantage to 8-1, and the Panthers tallied three more runs in the fifth to close the contest.

Josh Crook hit a hard ground ball and reached on an error that scored Lehenbauer and enforced the mercy rule with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.

Lehenbauer started for Monroe City and tossed 4 2/3 innings while allowing just two hits and one unearned run to earn the win.

Shively entered the game with two down in the top of the fifth and only needed five pitches to record a strikeout. 

Williams and Randy Musgrave paced the Panthers with two hits a piece, while Nevels reached base four times and scored three runs.

Monroe City (2-6) faces Macon at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.