Bloopers cost Pekin softball in 9-4 home loss
PACKWOOD — Seven errors in the field and another three outs on the base paths had Pekin head coach Bryan Marlay scratching his head Thursday as his players dropped a 9-4 game to visiting Wapello.
“It’s simple softball. You need to make the routine plays, and right now we’re not doing that,” said Marlay. “When you give teams seven or eight outs in an inning, you’re not going to win. We have seven seniors and we’re making freshman errors right now.”
Pekin fell behind 3-0 early in the first inning and never led. The Panthers cut the deficit to two in the third inning when Peyton Atwood knocked in Brittany Gillam on a sacrifice, but Wapello upped its lead to 8-1 on a disastrous fourth inning for Pekin.
Another sacrifice by Atwood in the fifth inning handed the home team its second run of the contest, and the Panthers scored two more runs in the sixth off an RBI single by Maranda Baker and an RBI walk by Madelyn Baker.
Lankford received her second loss of the season — and in as many days — as she pitched all seven innings and scattered eight hits and two walks. However, only three of the nine runs were charged to Lankford, who fanned five Indians.
“Really, I think Cheyann threw the ball well ... but we have to play defense behind her.”
Lankford aided her own cause with two hits and a run scored, and Gillam finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs plated. Atwood provided two RBI and Maranda Baker knocked in one run and scored once. Tiana Slaney and Emily Adam each had one hit. Madelyn Baker didn’t have an official at-bat as she drew walks in all four plate appearances.
Marlay added he hoped his players were able to learn from their mistakes and correct them moving forward.
“It’s about life choices. We have seven seniors who’ve got to figure it out,” he said. “In life, you learn from your mistakes and don’t repeat them. We had a bad game last night and ... we made the same mistakes today that we made last night.”
Pekin (8-6, 7-3 SEISC North) has a night off before traveling to a tournament hosted by Woodward-Granger Saturday. Pekin opens the tournament vs. Panorama at 10 a.m. They play Saydel at noon and wrap up the invite against host Woodward-Granger at 2 p.m.
Pekin vs. Wapello
Wapello – 3 0 0 5 1 0 0 — 9 8 0
Pekin – 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 — 4 7 7
PEKIN — Lankford 2-5, R; Gillam 2-3, 2R; Mar. Baker 1-1, RBI, R; Slaney 1-4; Mad. Baker RBI; Atwood 2RBI; Adam 1-3
Pitching — Lankford (L, 6-2), 7 INN, 8H, 9R, 3ER, 5K, 2BB