Pekin scores 13 runs in one inning
The Pekin softball team went 2-1 in recent action. The Panthers lost to a highly touted Highland team July 2 by a score of 3-0. The Panthers rebounded by defeating Keota 13-0 the next day and then beat WACO 8-6 Monday.
PANTHERS 8, WARRIORS 6
The Panthers defeated the Warriors of WACO despite not having played a game in five days. Actually, the Warriors hadn’t played much softball lately either since they did not have a game the prior week.
Pekin coach Bryan Marlay said his team played “about how I expected after a long break.” He added it was a good game to work out some of the rust before tonight’s tournament game against West Branch.
WACO scored one in the third, one in the fifth and four in the sixth to tie the game. The Warriors had six hits and two errors.
In the top of the seventh, the Panthers came up with two runs to pull ahead for good. Leslie Stone led off the inning with a walk. Stone advanced to second on an out by Maranda Baker, then scored on Tiana Slaney’s double. Sloan Reighard pinch-ran for Slaney and scored on a single by Madelyn Baker.
Cheyann Lankford got the win to move to 16-4. She gave up six runs, three earned, on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Maranda Baker was 2-4 with a triple, two RBIs and a run. Lankford was 2-4 with a double, one RBI and one run. Slaney finished with two RBIs. Kelsie Spillman hit a triple and had one RBI.
PANTHERS 13, EAGLES 0
Pekin ambushed Keota by scoring all of its 13 runs in the first inning.
Maranda Baker homered and had two RBIs. Lankford doubled, drove in a run and scored twice. Brittany Gillam was 2-2 with two runs and an RBI. Madelyn Baker went 2-2 with two runs and two runs driven in. Slaney doubled and drove in a run.
Lankford only had to pitch three innings to get the victory. She allowed just one hit and no walks while fanning four.
HUSKIES 3, PANTHERS 0
Highland was rated No. 4 in Class 2A when it played Pekin. Highland had a record of 27-3, and Marlay said it showed on the diamond.
“They’re pretty salty,” he said. “Their pitcher [Katie Springer] does a nice job. She moves the ball around left and right. She’s not a flamethrower. She has a nice changeup and a nice screwball. We had a hard time getting through it. We hit a lot of handle shots.”
Marlay said his team put runners in scoring position a couple of times but could not come up with the necessary two-out hit.
Lankford pitched six innings, allowing six hits, three runs, one earned, while walking one and striking out one. Marlay said she pitched well. He said she kept the ball out of the middle of the plate all night.
Stone was 2-3 with a double and a single. Spillman went 1-3.
The Panthers will face West Branch at 7 p.m. today at home in the first round of the regional playoffs.