Prep Baseball

Wosman gets pitch to hit, delivers Palmyra district crown

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 15, 2019 1:20 am Updated: May. 15, 2019 1:41 am

PALMYRA, Mo. -- Nolan Wosman didn't get much to hit in his first three plate appearances.

Macon couldn't pitch around him a fourth time.

"I didn't want to change my approach or anything," Wosman said. "I just wanted to find a good pitch and hit it hard."

The senior shortstop for the Palmyra baseball team dug into the batter's box in the bottom of the sixth inning with two on and one out. Wosman, who had been plunked twice and walked, roped an RBI single into left field that sparked a three-run frame to give Palmyra a 4-1 victory over Macon in Tuesday's Class 3 District 7 championship game at Flower City Park.

The University of Arkansas signee delivered the key hit the Panthers needed after they stranded seven runners in scoring position entering the sixth inning of a 1-1 game.

The Panthers (22-4) figured those hits would come.

"I think it was frustrating because we couldn't get our pitch," Wosman said. "The guys in the dugout did a really good job of keeping everyone calm because it was only a 1-1 game. You can't play mad and you can't play thinking you can't win.

"We've done a really good job all year of staying within ourselves."

Wosman stayed true to that. So did Brady Barnett, and it gave Palmyra its fifth district crown in six seasons.

Barnett followed Wosman with an RBI single up the middle to score Peyton Abbott for a 3-1 lead, and Wosman moved to third on the play. Wosman made it 4-1 when he scored on a passed ball during Jacob Kroeger's at-bat.

"It got a little stressful when it's 1-1 in the sixth," Palmyra coach Mark Loman said. "But we've been in that spot before. I liked giving ourselves chances, especially when we had Nolan up and knowing (Macon) didn't want to walk the bases loaded."

While the offense struggled to score, Palmyra pitcher Bennett Stice settled in. The right-hander shrugged off a shaky first inning in which Macon (15-6) plated a run on three hits by throwing five scoreless innings. He allowed five hits and struck out five.

"I just wanted to throw a lot more first-pitch strikes," Stice said. "That allowed me to work in my curveball and slider a lot more and keep hitters off balance."

Caden Power threw a perfect seventh inning to seal the game.

Palmyra, which will host South Callaway in a sectional game Monday, trailed 1-0 until the bottom of the third inning when Kroeger roped an RBI single into right to score Wosman.

The Panthers had a chance to add more, but left the bases loaded. Palmyra stranded three more runners across the next two innings.

Macon pitcher Eric Moore threw five innings, allowing one run and striking out five. The Tigers' bullpen, however, couldn't hold in the sixth and the Panthers erased last year's disappointment of losing in the district title game.

"I think it's really sweet," Wosman said. "We got to have a close game like this and then finally pull away. That makes it so much better."

Class 3 District 7

Palmyra 4, Macon 1

Macon 100 000 0--1 5 0

Palmyra 001 003 x--4 7 0

Moore, Swallow (6), Waller (6) and Hayes, Moore (6); Stice, Power (7) and Barnett. WP--Stice. LP--Swallow. 2B--Macon 1 (Hogsett), Palmyra 1 (Power).