Panther softball starts slow in opening day loss
WAPELLO — A 10-1 loss to start the season might worry some softball coaches.
But not Bryan Marlay, whose Pekin softball team fell by that exact score to Wapello in the season opener Tuesday in Wapello.
“We’re traditionally a slow starting team, but we’ll be all right,” said Marlay. “We’ll be a better ball club than we showed tonight.”
The Panthers (0-1) were held to three hits in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference North tilt, scoring their first run of the season on an RBI single from Maleaha Earnest in the fifth inning.
Earnest, a senior, had two of Pekin’s three hits on the day. Senior Emily Adam provided the other hit, a single, and freshman Nikole Arendt scored a run.
Wapello opened the game scoring two runs in the first inning off Pekin starter Leslie Stone, who took the loss. They added onto their lead with three runs in the bottom of the third, and led 7-0 before Earnest’s RBI single.
“We struggled in all facets and they just outplayed us,” said Marlay. “They had a better offense, played better defense and their pitcher hit her spots better.”
Stone tossed all six innings for the Panthers, allowing 10 runs — five earned — and giving up six hits and nine walks. She fanned six batters.
Pekin’s next game is Thursday at Winfield-Mount Union.
Pekin @ Wapello
Pekin– 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 — 1 3 3
Wapello – 2 0 3 2 0 3 x — 10 6 0
PEKIN — Earnest 2-3, RBI; Adam 1-3; Arendt R
Pitching — Stone (L, 0-1) 6 INN, 6H, 10R, 5ER, 6K, 9BB