BY JEFF FALK
HARRISBURG – Almost always allies, there is one instance where the concept of team flies in the face of goals.
With one, if you take care of the individual things, the collective stuff will take care of themselves. And with the other, if you take care of the collective aspects, the individual stuff will take care of itself.
Right now, the Palmyra baseball team is focused on the things it can control, and not worried about the stuff it can’t.
On an overcast Monday evening at Central Dauphin East High School the Cougars took care of business and tallied a routine 13-0, five-inning, mercy-rule blanking of the home-town Panthers. Behind the shut-down pitching of ace Brian Coburn, Palmyra broke open the Mid-Penn Keystone Division contest with similar four-run, then six-run rallies in the third and fourth innings.
For the Cougars, the result moved them to 11-3 on the spring and 9-2 in the Keystone. Back on April 4th in Palmyra, the Cougars had drubbed the same C.D. East club, 20-5.
Palmyra was positioned seventh in the latest Distric Three Class AAAAA power rankings.
“To be honest, there are some things we can’t control,” said Palmyra head coach Neil Weber. “We’re trying to clean up things as games present themselves. Our goals are to take care of business and win the games in front of us. If we do, we’ll see where we are, and hopefully, we’ll be in the mix.
“We’re a team, first and foremost,” continued Weber. “On any given day, I feel comfortable putting different kids in starting positions. My hope is we’re always putting team first, on top of inidividual things.”
After threatening in the top of the opening inning, Palmyra broke through and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second, on Coburn’s sacrifice fly to left field. Coburn’s sac plated Gage Miller, who had singled and then moved along on Jake Roe’s hit and Braden Drescher’s walk.