The Palmyra baseball team smashed four home runs Thursday en route to a 14-2 five-inning win over Monroe City.
The weather was not the only thing to heat up Thursday evening.
One night after erupting for 21 runs, the Palmyra offense remained hot against Clarence Cannon Conference foe Monroe City.
The visiting Panthers smashed four home runs en route to a 14-2 five-inning win over Monroe City.
“Our offense has really been improving here of late and that is going to be big for us as we move closer to district time,” Palmyra senior Peyton Plunkett said.
Plunkett was responsible for one of the four long balls as he finished the game 3-for-3 at the dish with his other two knocks being doubles.
“It felt good today,” Plunkett said of his game. “I definitely felt like I did my part up at the plate. I was seeing the ball well and it showed. I just hope I can continue to swing the bat this well.”
Noah Mencer jump-started the Palmyra offense with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning.
Caden Power capped the first frame with a three-run blast after Jacob Kroeger was hit by a pitch and Plunkett recorded his first two-bagger.
Monroe City scored its only two runs in the last of the second inning.
After three walks loaded the bases, leadoff hitter Dawson Shively dumped a two-out, two-run single to the left-center gap.
Palmyra put the game away with eight runs in the top of the third inning.
The visitors recorded seven of their 12 hits in the frame.
Nolan Wosman delivered the biggest hit of the inning with a three-run dinger. Two batters later, Plunkett capped the frame with a solo shot for a 13-2 lead.
“They hit the heck out of the ball,” Monroe City coach Derek Vanlandingham said of the Palmyra offense. “Looking at their lineup, I don’t think they have a weak spot.”
Monroe City loaded the bases in both the fourth and fifth innings but could not push across any more runs.
“It’s still early in the season, but that has been our biggest problem this season,” the Monroe City skipper said. “When we happen to get guys on base, we just cannot come up with the big base hit. We are really struggling making contact at the plate right now.”
Monroe City batters fanned 11 times against a pair of Palmyra hurlers.
Kroeger started for Palmyra and fanned four in his two innings of work.
Corder Lehenbauer tossed the final three innings for Palmyra as he whiffed seven batters.
The lone downfall for Palmyra in the game was issuing nine bases on balls.
“A big part of that is mental,” Palmyra coach Mark Loman stated. “We are only eight games in, so hopefully with playing on a more consistent basis we can get that ironed out.”
Konnor Bridgewater started on the hill for Monroe City and suffered the loss. The southpaw was knocked out of the game in the third inning. Shively and Brad Cheek combined to toss the final 2 ⅔ innings.
“I told the guys Palmyra is one of the toughest teams we will face this season,” Vanlandingham said. “Pitching wise, I just wanted our guys to focos on throwing strikes. I thought we did that tonight.
“Palmyra just hands-down beat us. We didn’t walk very many guys, and when the ball stayed in the park I thought we made some nice plays. We did not beat ourselves tonight.”
Mencer and leadoff hitter Peyton Abbott both had two hits in part of the 12-hit Palmyra attack. Eight of the nine starters for Palmyra recorded at least one hit.
Palmyra improves to 7-1 on the season and 3-0 in league play.
“That’s big for us,” Plunkett said of the undefeated mark in CCC play. “We want to win conference and keep that momentum into the postseason.”
Monroe City falls to 1-4 on the year.
“We just have to continue working hard and hopefully everything starts to fall in place for us,” Vanlandingham stated.