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By David Sharp
Jozlyn Gottman pitched a one hit shutout and Abbey Redd went 4-5 at the plate with three runs scored and five batted in leading Palmyra (10-4) to a 10-0 win at Highland in September 27, 2021 Clarence Cannon Conference varsity softball action.
The Lady Panthers took advantage of Highland fielding errors, scoring four runs in the opening two innings. Bella McBride was 3-4 for Palmyra with three runs scored and another batted in.
Abby Redd reached on a first inning error and scored the only run Palmyra would need to win. Bella McBride had a second inning RBI hit. Abbey Redd stroked a two RBI hit for a 4-0 Panther lead.
Kylee Smith walked with two out in the Highland (7-12) second inning. Kirsten Fisher reached on an error. Jozlyn Gottman struck out a batter to close a scoreless Highland second inning.
“We came in here strong,” Jozlyn Gottman said. “Everybody was backing me up. I was throwing some good pitches. All around it was a good effort by everybody. We work really hard in practice. We are really close with each other. I think we will do good things this season.”
Haleigh Winter reached on an error in the Cougar fourth frame. Winter was stranded at second base. Jozlyn Gottman struck out all three remaining Highland batters. Kennedy Wilson singled leading off the Palmyra third inning.
Lexie Peuster reached on a fielder’s choice. Payton Miller struck out two Palmyra batters in the third inning. Palmyra took a 4-0 lead to the top of the fourth inning.
Bella McBride singled leading off the Panther fourth. Abbey Redd tripled McBride home for a 5-0 margin. Alaina Loman knocked Redd home for a 6-0 Palmyra lead. Jozlyn Gottman doubled home another run for a 7-0 fourth inning advantage.
Highland brought Emma Harshberger in to pitch. Payton Miller pitched three innings plus with four strikeouts, no walks on eight hits and seven total runs. Janson Julette lined out to Mikayla Dreyer in center field.
Dreyer came up throwing, completing an 8-2 double play. Haleigh Winter tagged a Panther runner out at the plate for the second out of the inning. Palmyra batters drew three straight walks, filling the bases with two out in the fourth inning.
Emma Harshberger struck out a batter to end the inning. Palmyra left fielder Lexie Peuster made a nice catch on a line drive, robbing Sydney Sedelmeier of a leadoff hit in the Highland fifth inning. Emma Harshberger stroked the lone Cougar hit, a two out single then was stranded at first base.
Abbey Redd tripled in another Panther run in the fifth inning. Bella McBride led off with a single and stole second base before scoring on Redd’s triple. Palmyra took a 9-0 lead to their sixth inning.
“That is her job to get on base,” Palmyra coach Lex Meyers said. “She knows it well. We execute well with our leadoff hitter on. Usually if she gets on, everybody else follows suit.”
“We are clicking very well right now,” Lex Meyers said. “I hope we can carry it into districts in a couple of weeks. We came off last year losing in the district championship game. We are ready for it this year for sure. It will be a fun October.”
Kennedy Wilson led off with a Palmyra hit. Abbey Redd stroked an RBI hit for the tenth Panther run. Haleigh Winter was hit by a pitch with two out in the Highland sixth inning.
Jozlyn Gottman struck out a batter, ending the game by the ten run rule after six innings. Palmyra scored ten runs on 12 hits. Alaina Loman had a hit and two RBI’s. Kennedy Wilson was 2-3 with a run scored.
Jozlyn Gottman struck out 11 batters in six innings pitched for the victory. Gottman walked two on one hit and two walks.
Highland was blanked on one Emma Harshberger hit. Emma Harshberger pitched three innings with one strikeout on five walks and four hits. Two of the runs charged to the Cougar reliever were earned.
“We didn’t execute from our first inning,” Highland coach Paul Scifres said. “We weren’t covering bases. We were not mentally in the game it seemed for the first few innings.”
“We were able to muster some energy and put up a zero in the third inning. We just had no answers for (Jozlyn) Gottman at the plate,” Paul Scifres said. “We ended up with 11 strikeouts. They are a good ball club. You have to play about as perfect as you can against a good ball club like that.”
“We are going to try to learn from it. We play a tough Macon club tomorrow.”