Pekin, Van Buren softball/baseball roundup
Four wins in a row for Van Buren
Since losing to Fairfield Friday, the Van Buren baseball team has won four games in a row by the combined score of 49-8.
Tuesday’s 11-0 win at New London (8-11) was the eighth shutout of the year for the Warriors.
Brandon Plecker pitched all five innings and struck out seven batters. At the plate, Plecker roped two doubles, scored three times and had four RBIs.
Garrett Saunders hit a double, scored three times and stole four bases. Tyson Sprouse drove in three runs and Tanner Smith drove in two.
Van Buren (23-2) will host a doubleheader against Davis County (9-14) tonight.
Pekin softball gets win in home finale
The Pekin softball team won its regular season home finale Tuesday 8-1 over Mediapolis.
Mediapolis (7-18) managed just eight hits off of Pekin starting pitcher Ashlyn Zook. She allowed just one earned run and struck out six.
Pekin (14-11) was led offensively by Cassidy Tolle, who hit a triple, scored twice, drove in two runs and stole a base. Peyton Atwood finished with two RBIs. Sloan Reighard and Madelyn Baker both smacked two hits.
Tolle, just a sophomore, is leading the team with a .370 batting average and 23 runs scored. Reighard, a fellow sophomore, is leading the Panthers in RBIs (21) and hits (29).
Pekin will play Thursday at Louisa-Muscatine. The Panthers will open up the regional playoffs Tuesday at home against Van Buren. The winner of that matchup will hit the road and play at Class 2A No. 1 rated Highland on July 9.
Panthers defeat Mediapolis
Keaton Winn threw a four-hit shutout with eight strikeouts Tuesday as Pekin went on to beat Mediapolis 6-0 in Packwood.
Kolby Allsup and Jaydan Nicholson both went 2-4 at the plate. Winn and Cade Millikin both hit doubles. Ryan Swanson finished the game 1-3 at the dish.
The Panthers (14-4) are scheduled to play at WACO on Thursday. Pekin will hit the road again Monday and travel to Louisa-Muscatine.
Van Buren falls to state ranked team
Class 1A No. 3 New London defeated Van Buren 6-1 Tuesday in Keosauqua.
The Tigers (22-4) stayed behind All-State pitcher Morgan Christner, who allowed five hits, two walks, one earned run and struck out eight.
Van Buren’s Abby Rider went 2-2 with a double and a RBI. Taylor Murguia got a hit and scored the team’s only run. Lydia Heald and Kadie Meek hit singles.
Van Buren (4-16) will host Davis County tonight for its last home game of the season. The Warriors will play at Danville Thursday.