Pekin baseball, softball win big at Lone Tree
LONE TREE — A little bit of patience at the plate went a long way for the Pekin baseball team Tuesday as it racked up three home runs en route to a doubleheader sweep of Lone Tree in Southeast Iowa Super Conference North play.
Nazereth Rambo smashed an eventual game-winning grand slam in the fourth inning of Pekin’s 10-7 opening game win, and Thomas Slaney hit a pair of homers, also in the first game. The Panthers went on to win the nightcap 8-3.
“We were just more disciplined at the plate than we have been all year. We were swinging at strikes and not chasing a bunch of junk,” Pekin head coach Pie Reighard explained.
Pekin, which trailed 6-1 after two innings in game one, scored their final nine runs in the third and fourth innings. No player was more instrumental in the torrid finish than Rambo.
In addition to Rambo’s grand slam, the senior pitched the final four innings to pick up the win. Rambo allowed no runs on two hits, punching out six Lion hitters.
“It was all him in the final few innings. He really fueled the fire for us,” Reighard said.
Rambo finished the contest 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored, Slaney was 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored, and Jaydan Nicholson supplied two RBI. Graham Wittrock and Cole Reighard had two hits each, and Petie Clubb scored twice.
And as good as Pekin was from the batter’s box in the first game, Reighard said the Panthers did an even better job in game two.
Pekin again got hot in the third and fourth innings and received two hits apiece from Kolby Allsup, Jon Irwin and Slaney. Rambo and Reighard each hit a single, and Wittrock plated two runs.
“We were pretty disciplined in that second game, and probably more so than we were in the first,” Reighard said.
The winning pitcher was Clubb, who carried a one-hitter into the seventh inning. Clubb allowed three runs, including two in the final frame, on five hits with five strikeouts.
“Petie pitched extremely well. He didn’t get a lot of Ks, but he’s a pitcher who gets a lot of groundouts,” Reighard added.
Pekin (5-7, 5-4 SEISC North) travels to Eddyville-Blakesburg for a non-conference game today.
Slaney gives Pekin softball boost
LONE TREE — Tiana Slaney hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and Pekin led the entire way to pick up an 8-2 victory over Lone Tree Tuesday.
Pekin (8-4) totaled 11 hits in the contest and committed no errors. The visitors led 7-0 through five innings, holding Lone Tree to one run in each of the final two innings.
“We just tacked runs on little by little and had some key hits throughout the game. The big highlight of the night had to be Tiana Slaney’s home run, though” said Pekin head coach Bryan Marlay.
Cheyann Lankford, who improved to 6-0 on the mound this season, pitched all seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. She struck out four and walked three.
“Cheyann had good control. She did a good job changing speeds every once and a while and kept Lone Tree off balance,” Marlay said.
From the plate, Lankford helped her own cause with two singles, and Madelyn Baker was 3-for-3 with one RBI. Slaney finished 2-for-4 with four runs batted in, Maranda Baker had two hits with a triple and three runs scored, and Brittany Gillam doubled and scored twice. Peyton Atwood also added one hit for Pekin, which returns home to play Central Lee today.
Pekin @ Lone Tree
Pekin – 3 0 1 0 3 1 0 — 8 11 0
Lone Tree – 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 — 2 7 2
CARDINAL — Lankford 2-4, R; Gillam 1-4, 2B, 2R; Mar. Baker 2-3, 3B, RBI, 3R; Slaney 2-4, HR, 4RBI, R; Mad. Baker 3-3, RBI, R; Atwood 1-3; Adam RBI
Pitching — Lankford (W, 6-0), 7 INN, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 4K, 3BB