Pekin scores 31 runs in three games
WOODWARD – The Pekin softball team went 2-1 in a high-scoring day of softball Saturday in Woodward at the Woodward-Granger Tournament.
The Panthers started off the day well with a 13-3 victory against Panorama. Panorama actually led in the game 3-0 before Pekin scored three in the second, three in the fourth and seven in the fifth to put the game away and end it early on account of the mercy rule.
Pekin head coach Bryan Marlay said his team started the game slow. Rain clouds moved overhead and delayed the game for two hours. After the rain delay, the Panthers’ bats awoke.
“The rain delay helped us refocus,” the coach said.
Cheyann Lankford went 3-5 with a double, two RBIs and three runs. Brittany Gillam was 2-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs. Maranda Baker scored twice and swiped two bases.
From the pitching circle, Lankford limited Panorama to five hits in five innings. Two of the three runs were earned. She struck out four and walked none.
Pekin lost the second game of the day to Saydel by a score of 13-7. The game was much closer than the final score would indicate.
Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, Saydel put up six runs to surge ahead 7-3. Pekin answered right back with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. The game was about to exceed the 1.5-hour limit when the score remained tied at 7-7 after six innings. Saydel put up six runs in the first frame of extra innings to stay ahead for good.
Tiana Slaney was 2-4 with two RBIs and a run. Maranda Baker was 1-2 with an RBI and two runs. Madelyn Baker went 2-4 with an RBI.
Courtney Comstock took the loss as she threw six innings and allowed 13 runs, 10 earned, 13 hits and four walks. She struck out one batter.
Lankford relieved Comstock and pitched one inning while giving up no hits or runs.
Pekin won an exciting game against Woodward-Granger to conclude the day. Woodward-Granger scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 9-7 lead. Pekin refused to go quietly into the night as the Panthers pushed across three runs for the victory. The big hit in the inning was Reighard’s game-winning single.
Lankford had another good game at the dish, going 3-4 with a double and two runs. Gillam knocked in two runs and scored one herself. Maranda Baker was 2-4 with two RBIs and a run.
Lankford pitched all seven frames for the win. She allowed nine runs, seven earned, on 12 hits and two walks while striking out three.
Marlay said his team played “solid softball” that day and was pleased to see so many fans making a lot of noise.
The Panthers are now 10-7 overall. They host Winfield-Mt. Union tonight at 5:30 p.m.