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Pekin softball picks up sweep of WACO

By MICHAEL LEACH, Ledger sports editor | Jun 11, 2013

PACKWOOD — The Pekin softball team took two very different routes to the win column Monday, coming from behind to earn a 7-6 win from WACO before shelling the visiting Warriors 17-0 in a three-inning nightcap.

The doubleheader appeared destined for a much different result when the host Panthers trailed 6-4 with two outs in the opener’s seventh inning. But thanks to a freshman, Pekin stormed back to score three runs in front of its home crowd.

Facing an 0-2 count and two outs, Sloan Reighard smacked a two-run single up the middle to tie the game at 6-all. The freshman Panther then scored the game-winning run from second base as senior Cheyann Lankford knocked her in.

“I like how the girls came back,” Pekin head coach Bryan Marlay said. “Sloan came through with a big hit, and then the senior [Lankford] finished it off.”

Lankford went 4-for-5 from the plate with a pair of runs plated, and Reighard was 2-for-4. Senior Maranda Baker finished 3-for-4 with two RBI, and sophomore Madelyn Baker was 3-for-4 with a double.

Lankford earned the win, punching out eight batters in seven innings and allowing six runs. Only two of WACO’s runs were earned, however, as Pekin committed five errors in the first game.

Pekin’s solid hitting ways continued into the second game. The host team scored 11 runs off seven hits in the first inning before putting the game away with a six-run third.

“We were amped up,” said Marlay. “WACO was down from giving up the lead in the first game, and we kept swinging the bats like we did at the end of it.”

Marander Baker paced the Panthers in game two with two doubles and four runs batted in. Lankford was 2-for-3 and knocked in two runs and Emily Adam finished with two RBI.

The offensive outburst helped freshman Courtney Comstock to her first high school victory. Comstock pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit and one walk while fanning one batter. Lankford started the game and allowed no runs in one inning.

The Pekin defense went error-free in the second game.

Next up for Pekin (7-4, 6-2 SEISC North) is a conference game at Lone Tree today.

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