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Prep roundup: Palmyra holds on for season-opening victory

Posted: Mar. 16, 2013 9:01 pm Updated: Apr. 6, 2013 10:15 pm

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF

Holden Hudson just held on.

With the Palmyra baseball team clinging to a one-run lead in the top of the seventh inning Saturday, Macon loaded the bases with no one out.

Hudson, the sophomore left-hander, got out of the jam. He struck out two batters and then induced a game-ending groundout as the Panthers opened the season with a 3-2 victory at Flower City Park in Palmyra, Mo.

Hudson's save made a winner of Will Funkenbusch, who pitched three scoreless innings.

Josh Hultz's two-run single highlighted Palmyra's three-run third inning.

Central 5-4, Western 1-8: One big inning by each team allowed the Panthers and Wildcats to split their doubleheader.

In the opener, Central (1-1) tied the game at 1 with a run in the top of the sixth before scoring four times in the seventh. Taylor Heimann racked up three RBIs, while Mike Johnson added a double.

John Aden earned the victory for Central.

In the nightcap, Western (1-2) used a six-run third inning to take control. Jake Walch went 2 for 3 for the Wildcats with three RBIs in the third inning.

GIRLS SOCCER

Hannibal 3, Marshall 0: Paige Utterback finished with a goal and an assist as the Lady Pirates won their season opener.

Theresa Sheffer took advantage of a failed clearing pass to drill and 18-yard shot to give Hannibal a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute. In the 47th minute, Utterback slotted a ball through to Megan Grimes, who beat the keeper with a shot to the far post. Utterback buried a 25-yard blast for the final goal.

Hannibal outshot Marshall 18-1.

BOYS TENNIS

Troy Triad Invitational: Quincy High School won one of its four matches in the 16-team bracketed dual event with freshman Andrew Fauble picking up three victories and Tom O'Connor and Collin Adams nabbing two wins apiece.

The Blue Devils opened with a 3-2 loss to Oak Park Fenwick, getting victories from Fauble and O'Connor at No. 1 doubles and Noah Aschemann and Eric Bellis at No. 2 doubles.

Quincy beat Salem 5-0 with Adams and Christian Witte earning singles victories and the duo of Jacob Smith and Jack Stevenson winning at No. 3 doubles.

The Blue Devils lost 4-1 to Chicago Heights Marian Catholic and Orland Park Sandburg. Fauble earned a singles victory against Marian Catholic, while O'Connor and Adams picked up a doubles victory against Sandburg.

— sports@whig.com/221-3366

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