D&E’s Palmer sets milestone in win

ELKINS – When Ronnie Palmer leads the Davis &?Elkins College baseball team onto the field today against G-MAC rival Alderson Broaddus, he’ll do so as the school’s all-time winningest coach.

Palmer earned his 140th victory on the diamond in the Senators’ sweep against Glenville State on Tuesday.

His total eclipsed that of Lawrence Nesselrodt, who coached Palmer during his playing days in 1997-98. Nesselrodt collected 138 wins during his career.

Palmer was the WVIAC Player of the Year for his play on the field in 1998.

Palmer was as an assistant under Nesselrodt for one season. He later served stints at Bowie State, West Hills (CC) and Salem (CC) before returning to Elkins.

Palmer has turned the D&E baseball program around after beginning his tenure at the school with a 33-70 mark in his first two years at the helm. The Senators since have posted a 107-95 record over the past five-plus seasons.

“Throughout my nine years (four playing, five coaching) under Coach Palmer, there have been lots of ups and downs, skids and streaks, good years and bad,” said former player and current assistant coach Mike Miller. “With him

(Palmer) being a D&E graduate, I know it means a lot to him and I am proud I was able to be a part of it.”

Palmer also is tied for the most wins in a single season, with 31 during the 2011 campaign.