Pekin, Van Buren win opening district games
Pekin narrowly gets by Sigourney
Sigourney had to defeat Keota 9-8 Monday to have the chance to play Pekin Tuesday in the Class 1A District 11 quarterfinals.
Maybe momentum from their first round victory had the Savages (7-20) playing at a high level, because they gave Pekin (19-4) everything it could handle. The Panthers squeaked by with a 1-0 victory.
Pekin finished with two hits, which were both from senior left fielder Cade Millikin. He finished 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Petie Clubb scored the team’s only run in the sixth inning.
Zach Sloan was dominant on the mound, tossing seven innings and earning the shutout. He allowed just three hits and one walk and struck out nine.
The Panthers will play against Thursday at home against IMS (11-15). These two teams split their two contests this season. IMS defeated Pekin 5-3 June 5 but lost 11-2 June 24.
The winner of this game will move on to play either North Mahaska or Montezuma in the district final.
Warriors handle first playoff game
The Van Buren High School baseball team easily defeated Harmony 12-1 in five innings in the Class 1A District 10 quarterfinals Tuesday in Keosauqua.
Van Buren jumped on its opponent early, brining three runs in the first inning. The entire lineup contributed, with eight of the nine batters in the lineup getting at least one hit.
Leadoff hitter Garrett Saunders with 2-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and two stolen bases. Saunders is now tied with BGM’s Jack Kline for most stolen bases in the state with 49. He is also batting an astounding .504 on the year.
Tyson Sprouse doubled and drove in a run. Robby Laughlin drove in two runs and smacked two hits. Brandon Plecker and Noah Whitten each had two RBIs as well.
The No. 3 ranked Warriors (32-2) have now won 13 games in a row and will face New London on Thursday in Keosauqua. The Tigers (10-15) defeated Holy Trinity Catholic 13-6 to move on.
The winner of that game will play for the district title against either Burlington Notre Dame or Danville.