PALMYRA, Mo. -- Palmyra senior catcher Brooke Wilson got the opportunity to play one last game Wednesday night at Flower City Park.
She delivered with three RBIs to help the Palmyra softball team beat North Callaway 7-1 in the Class 2 sectional. Palmyra (19-8) advances to play Bowling Green, a 20-0 winner over Metro, in Saturday's quarterfinal.
For Wilson, no moment was bigger than her RBI single in the fourth inning of a scoreless game.
"With it being my senior year, anytime you get to play on your home field and it might be the last time, it's a great opportunity," Wilson said. "In the fourth inning, it was a tie ballgame with a runner in scoring position so I had to stay back on the changeup that I knew was coming in an 0-2 count."
Wilson drove the changeup to left field to score Bailey Lovelace, who led off the frame with a single and stole second base to get into scoring position. Wilson advanced to second on the throw and was replaced by Sophie Hoerr as a courtesy runner.
Baylee Anderson kept the inning going with an RBI single to left to score Hoerr. The Thunderbirds left fielder misplayed the play, allowing Anderson to take second, and after a sacrifice bunt by Lexi Arch moved her to third, Anderson scored on a two-out RBI single from Morgan Ingram that pushed the lead to 3-0.
The Panthers added a run in the fifth and tacked on two more in the sixth behind Wilson's two-run single. Cameron O'Brien supplied an RBI double in the seventh.
That was enough for Alana Comstock and the sure-handed Palmyra defense.
"The defense didn't let anything past them tonight and always had my back on everything," Comstock said.
She allowed just three hits and one run, while striking out eight. North Callaway (20-6) scored its only run in the seventh.
"The defense knew they were going to have to step up a little bit," Palmyra coach Jill Arch said. "They didn't like their performance against Highland so I knew they were going to come out and give it their best and they did."
Arch felt her team played their most complete game of the season.
"Everything was clean," she said. "Everybody contributed, whether it was a bunt, steal, or just hitting the ball hard."
Wilson believes the offense is the key to success for the Panthers in the postseason.
"We have to carry this offense that we had tonight into the next game," Wilson said.
Palmyra 7, North Callaway 1
Palmyra 000 312 1--7 14 0
North Callaway 000 000 1--1 3 1
Comstock and Wilson; Ausfahl, Kimbley and Knipp. WP--Comstock. LP--Ausfahl. 2B--Palmyra 2 (Lay, O'Brien).