Pekin blows past Louisa-Muscatine
PACKWOOD – Pekin’s softball game against Louisa-Muscatine Tuesday lasted only an hour, but the Panthers used the time wisely as they put up 17 runs on the scoreboard in just two innings at the bat.
The Panthers scored eight runs in the first and nine in the second. The Louisa-Muscatine Falcons never got on track as they put up goose eggs in all three innings in which they batted. The game was called after 2.5 innings because of the mercy rule.
Panther head coach Bryan Marlay said it was “one of those nights” where everything seemed to go right for the home team.
“We only hit four or five balls hard all night, but we hit them where they weren’t,” he said. “We were hitting them just over the shortstop’s head or just out of reach of the first and secondbasemen. L-M struggled to do anything right and everything we hit seemed to find a hole.”
The Panther offense collected 11 hits on the day, and the defense committed only one error. The Falcons committed four errors.
Cheyann Lankford improved to 13-2 with the victory. She allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three in three innings.
Pekin has won its last five games, and the coach attributes the success to his team’s hot bats.
“In our last 10-12 games, we’ve been averaging 10 runs per game,” he said. “If you can average 10 runs a game, you can win a lot of games.”
However, the Panthers’ hitters will be put to the test tonight against New London and its freshman fireball pitcher Morgan Christner. Christner has a 1.54 earned run average and opponents are batting just .171 against her. She has amassed 247 strikeouts in only 164 innings.
“She is young but she throws hard and has good movement,” Marlay said about Christner. “It will be a challenge for our offense. It’s going to be a low-scoring game tonight. There are not going to be 17 runs scored.”
The Panthers are now 12-4 in their conference and 18-8 overall.