Tough start to the season

Southpaw Josh Phillips got the honor of being named the opening day starter for Head Coach Dustin Robinson's Elsberry Indians.

Southpaw Josh Phillips got the honor of being named the opening day starter for Head Coach Dustin Robinson’s Elsberry Indians.

Despite some frigid temperatures Head Coach Dustin Robinson and his varsity baseball team kicked off the start of their 2014 season on March 26 with a 5 p.m. home game against Palmyra.

The Panthers started slugging away early, sending some of their heaviest hitters up to the plate in the top of the lineup and closing out the top of the first inning with a 2-0 lead.

From that point on there was no turning back as Palmyra went on to score three more runs in the second inning, one in the third, five in the fourth and three in the fifth.

This offensive onslaught gave the Panthers a lead of more than 10 runs after the fifth inning, at which point the mercy rule kicked in and forced the conclusion of the game.

Player of the game Zach Rimel was 1-1 with two walks.

A patient hitter, Rimel saw 17 pitches during his three plate appearances.

Rimel also had a nice game in the field.

After the 13-1 loss, Robinson reflected on the performance of some of his newer players.

“We have a lot of young talent and they’re still learning the way I like to play the game,” said Robinson.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 11:10 am