Pekin softball earns 11-4 win
LETTS — Everything seemed to be working for the Pekin softball team Tuesday as it picked up an 11-4 victory over host Louisa-Muscatine.
The Panther girls collected 15 hits through seven innings and limited their errors to just one. The visitors also allowed just three hits.
“We did a better job of playing our game tonight. Defense, offense, pitching were a little more consistent, so everything went a little better tonight,” said Pekin head coach Bryan Marlay.
“It was a good victory for us,” he added.
The Pekin bats were hitting on all cylinders and scored three runs in both the second and third inning. With a 6-4 lead after three, Pekin tacked on two more runs in the fourth and three in the fifth inning.
Madelyn Baker was 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI and Leslie Stone finished 3-for-4 from the plate with two doubles and two runs batted in. Peyton Atwood was 3-for-4, including a double, and she knocked in two runs; Maleaha Earnest was 2-for-4 with two RBI; and Cheyann Lankford went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
Other than a rough first inning, Pekin’s pitching was also impressive. Stone gave up four runs in the first but got through the second inning with no further damage. Lankford allowed two hits and no runs in three innings of relief, and freshman Courtney Comstock allowed no runs and fanned three in the final two frames.
The 4-3 Panthers host Mediapolis Thursday.
Pekin @ Louisa-Muscatine
Pekin – 0 3 3 2 3 0 0 — 11 15 1
L-M – 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 4 3 3
PEKIN — Lankford 2-5, 2R; Gillam 1-4, RBI; Stone 3-4, 2(2B), 2RBI, R; Mar. Baker 1-4, R; Earnest 2-4, 2RBI, 2R; Atwood 3-4, 2B, 2RBI, R; Mad. Baker 2-3, 2(2B), 3RBI, 2R; Slaney 1-3; Adam R; Comstock R
Pitching — Stone (W) 2 INN, 4R, 4ER, H, 2K, 4BB; Lankford 3 INN, 0R, 2H, K; Comstock 2 INN, 0R, 0H, 3K, 1BB
Pekin falls to Highland
PACKWOOD — Pekin dropped an 11-1 game in five innings to 14th-ranked (Class 2A) Highland Monday.
The Panther pitchers gave up just four hits but struggled to find the plate. Leslie Stone was hit with the loss — her third of the season — as she pitched one-plus innings and gave up six runs. She allowed no hits but walked eight as Highland led 6-1 after two innings. In relief of Stone, Cheyann Lankford gave up five runs — two earned — in the final four innings. Lankford gave up four hits and walked two.
From the plate, Lankford hit a double and scored a run in the first inning. Brittany Gillam knocked in Lankford with a groundout.
“We’ve got to get more consistent getting the ball to plate, and we’ve got to get more consistency batting,” said head coach Bryan Marlay.