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.
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.
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.