Palmyra earns road win on diamond

TRAVIS DAVID For the Courier-Post
Posted: Apr. 24, 2017 3:29 pm

Jacob Kroeger slugged and pitched the Palmyra baseball team to their 11th win of the season Saturday at Moberly.

The left-handed sophomore pitched the first four innings and socked his fifth home run of the season as the Panthers earned a 9-5 win over their hosts.

Kroeger racked up nine strikeouts on the mound while allowing only one hit and an unearned run. He also finished 3-for-3 at the dish and drove home three runs.

Kroeger led off the game with a solo home run, and capped off the Panthers 6-run fifth inning with a two-run single.

Palmyra also scored three runs in the sixth inning on bases loaded walks to Gabe Goodwin, Brock Malone and Brady Barnett.

"We did a nice job of being patient and taking advantage of Moberly pitchers walking us today," Palmyra coach Mark Loman said.

Goodwin capped the Panthers scoring with an RBI single in the sixth inning.

Nolan Wosman and Peyton Plunkett recorded a pair of hits apiece as part of the Panthers 11-hit attack.

Despite the win, the Panthers (11-4) committed five errors. They have 13 errors in the last two games, which is a concern for Loman.

"We are pleased with the win of course, but we know in order to reach our goals we have to make better decisions," the veteran skipper said. "The great thing is though, that those are all fixable with practice. Our kids want to do so well that they sometimes overdo and try to make a great play when it's just not there."

Palmyra returns to the diamond Tuesday at Louisiana.

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