Pekin softball finds win column; Cardinal edges Van Buren
WINFIELD — Pekin was without starter Leslie Stone on Thursday, but teammate Cheyann Lankford filled in nicely to hand the Panthers their first win of the season.
Lankford tossed six innings of two-run ball to lift Pekin to a 12-2 road win over Winfield-Mount Union. Lankford allowed four hits and struck out five to pick up the complete-game win.
“Cheyann did a nice job pitching for us in Leslie’s absence. She kept the ball down and really helped things go smooth,” Pekin head coach Bryan Marlay said.
Lankford also contributed two hits and three runs on the offensive end. Brittany Gillam went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs batted in, Maranda Baker was 2-for-3 with three RBI, and Maleaha Earnest finished 2-for-4 from the plate.
Pekin (1-1) hosts its home opener today vs. Lone Tree.
Comets edge Warriors
KEOSAUQUA — Schyler Conger got on base with a triple and later scored Thursday to break a scoreless tie and lift Cardinal over Van Buren in softball action in Keosauqua.
Conger slapped the triple with one out in the top of the seventh. The junior scored on an infield grounder hit by Cassidy McMartin.
Delaney Ridgway threw a five-hit shutout to pick up the win for Cardinal. Ridgway struck out three Warriors and issued two walks.
Ridgway also went 2-for-3 at the plate. Lindsay Moore hit a double and Morgan Honomichl had the Comets’ only other hit.
Van Buren’s Jordan Billups was 2-for-3 and Kadie Meek went 1-for-2. Alicia Fitzsimmons pitched the complete game for Van Buren, giving up five hits to go with one punch out.
The Warriors (1-2) will be at a WACO tournament Saturday. The Comets (2-2) host Harmony Tuesday.