PALMYRA, Mo. | Palmyra's bats exploded as the Panthers defeated Louisiana 17-1 in its softball home opener on Tuesday.
Palmyra head coach Alexis Van Nostrand said her batters were patient at the plate and only swung at strikes.
“They did a very good job of waiting on the pitching and hitting the ball hard,” Van Nostrand said. “I'm very proud of how hard they hit the ball tonight.”
Palmyra freshman Alaina Loman set the tone in the first inning getting a leadoff hit, advancing on a passed ball and being drove in by freshman Jenna McVey. Candra King had an two-RBI single, Camrie Stewart hit an RBI sacrifice fly and Hannah Mitchell came through with an two-RBI triple in the first frame.
Louisiana scored their only run in the second inning, when catcher Savannah Anderson hit a single, stole second base, took third on an error and stole home.
The error that led to the Bulldogs only run was the only blemish in what was otherwise a good defensive game from the Panthers.
“There was a couple of mishaps when we let the girl from first steal (second) and nobody was covering the bag,” Van Nostrand said. “Other than that, an overall good effort.”
Palmyra would score eight runs in the second inning, which knocked Louisiana starting pitcher Emily Powell out of the game.
Key hits from the Panthers in the second inning included a RBI triple from starting pitcher Kennedy Wilson, a two-RBI single from Danae Spratt, an RBI single from Olivia Paul, a two-RBI double from Mitchell and a three-RBI double from Anna Ragar. Ragar also scored on a passed ball.
In the third inning, Wilson hit an RBI single that scored Chandler. Later in the inning, Spratt would hit an two-RBI double that scored Wilson and McVey. The game was called in the third inning after Spratt's two-RBI double gave Palmyra a 16-run lead.
Wilson pitched all three innings, earning the win, while only allowing one hit, two walks and one run.
“(Wilson) usually does a really good job (because) she throws a lot of strikes consistently and that's all we want from her,” Van Nostrand said. “If our fielders can field what she gets hit, it works out good.”
Palmyra played their junior varsity players in Tuesday's game against Louisiana, but it counts as a varsity game.
“(Louisiana) only had enough players for one team and usually it's not a very good game with our varsity players,” Van Nostrand said. “So, we did play our JV team.”
Palmyra evens its record to 2-2 after Tuesday's win. The Panthers play next on Thursday at Mark Twain, with game time scheduled at 5 p.m.