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 BY JEFF FALK

 HERSHEY – Talk is cheap, and actions always speak louder than words. And if you’re going to talk the talk, you better walk the walk.

 But right now, the Palmyra baseball team is saying all the right things, and doing all the right things.

 On a partly cloudy Thursday evening at Hershey High School’s Memorial Field, the Cougars put together one of their most complete performances of what is quickly turning into a fabulous season, dominating the rival Trojans 12-0, in a Mid-Penn Keystone Division affair shortened to five innings by the mercy rule. Palmyra executed every facet of the game well, base running, hitting, fielding and of course pitching – thanks to a marvelous outing by ace Brian Coburn.

 The outcome lifted Palmyra to 6-1 overall and 6-0 in the Keystone Division. Hershey slipped to 2-5 overall and 2-4 in the circuit.

 “Throwing strikes is big for us,” said Palmyra head coach Neil Weber. “That and taking care of the baseball. I thought we did a nice job of putting the ball in play. We put a couple pieces of the game together.

 “It’s a baseball game,” continued Weber. “We try not to get too worked up over it. We’re just trying to play the game soundly. We’re not taking ourselves out of the game. I just preach having good at-bats and putting the ball in play.”

 It was pinch-hitter Braden Dresher’s two-out, three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning that capped the Cougars’ six-run rally and brought the mercy rule into effect. Earlier in the frame, teammates Christian Kreiser drilled a two-run single and Jacob Roe rolled a run-producing grounder.

 “Each game our approach is getting better,” said Weber of his club’s offensive mindset. “Guys are starting to figure out how pitchers are trying to get them out. We’re not a home run-hitting team. We try to hit the ball hard and move runners.

  “For us, we’ve played well,” added Weber. “But I think our boys know they’ve got work to do. Our league is tough. I don’t take any game for granted. I tell them, ‘Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.’ We’re trying to get all the boys pulling together. But we have some pieces.”

  “It was a good win today,” said Coburn. “We played the game as a team, and everybody did their part.”

 During his five innings of work, Coburn worked in and out of trouble. But he never gave into the Hershey hitters and never allowed a Trojan runner to advance as far as third base.

 The steady right-hander yielded three hits, struck out eight and walked one.

 “I thought Brian pitched well today,” said Weber. “There’s still some things he’s working on. I see him coming along. He’s done a nice job of mixing pitches.

 “He’s definitely our ace,” Weber continued. “He’s been the last two year. We’ve been able to take the field behind Brian. There’s also the element that he throws strikes. That helps our defense be on their toes.”

 “In the first inning, I wasn’t using my legs as well as I could have,” said Coburn, of a walk, a wild pitch and an error in the opening frame. “Coach (Gavin) Osteen talked to me about it, I fixed it in the second inning and then continued it for the rest of the game. 

 “My key is I have to keep the ball low,” Coburn added. “If I get it up, they’re (opponents) going to get a hold of it. But Coach (Gavin) Osteen always calls a great game.”

 Palmyra had opened a 6-0 lead by scoring in each of its first three at-bats.

 Three of those runs came in the top of the first, courtesy of Mason Kepler’s two-run safety and Austin Lefever’s run-scoring single, both with two outs. The table had been set by a walk to Coburn and Kreiser being hit by a pitch.

 “It’s a good start,” cautioned Weber. “I’m happy with the way we’ve played. But I want us to be humble. We’ve got to keep working.”

 “We had a good start. We scored a couple of runs in the first inning,” said Coburn. “We just continued to hit the ball. Coach keeps talking about quality at-bats.”

 The Cougars made it a 4-0 game in the top of the second. Jacob Wagner singled, then eventually scored on Kasey Shughart’s two-out, RBI-knock.

 Palmyra was at it again in the third, when Gage Miller and Wagner each contributed run-scoring hits. For the game, the Cougars collected a total of ten hits.

 “From a goal perspective, every team that takes the field would love to end up representing their shcool and their community by winning a state championship,” said Weber. “I don’t know if we’re that caliber of a team. Hopefully we can continue to play sound baseball.”

 “We have 18 guys and everybody plays a part in it,” said Coburn. “It doesn’t matter who you are. We have great coaches. I fully expected to be doing as well as we are doing.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2019 Palmyra Baseball Schedule

Date Opponents Outcomes
3/224:30p
Location: Big Spring High School
 
3/264:15p
Location: Susquehanna Township High School
(W) 1 – 0
3/284:00p
Location: Lower Dauphin High School
(W) 6 – 3
4/1TBA (W) 9 – 2
4/34:15p (W) 20 – 5
4/54:15p
Location: Red Land High School
(L) 11 – 1
4/94:15p (W) 12 – 0
4/114:15p
Location: Hershey High School
 
4/154:15p
Location: Bishop McDevitt High School
 
4/174:15p
Location: Palmyra High School
 
4/184:15p
Location: Cumberland Valley High School
 
4/234:15p
Location: Palmyra High School
 
4/294:00p
Location: Palmyra High School
 
5/64:00p  
5/74:15p
Location: Palmyra High School
 
5/94:15p
Location: Palmyra High School
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Mid-Penn Conference

 Keystone Division Standings

School Division % Overall %
Palmyra Area High School 5-0-0 1.000 5-0-0 1.000
Mechanicsburg Area High School 4-1-0 0.800 4-1-0 0.800
Lower Dauphin High School 3-1-0 0.750 3-2-0 0.600
Bishop McDevitt High School 4-3-0 0.571 5-4-0 0.556
Hershey High School 2-3-0 0.400 2-4-0 0.333
Harrisburg High School 0-0-0 0.000 0-0-0 0.000
Central Dauphin East High School 0-1-0 0.000 0-1-0 0.000
Susquehanna Township High School 0-4-0 0.000 0-4-0 0.000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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