SPORTS IN BRIEF: Area baseball, softball round-up
Fairfield JV loses doubleheader
The Fairfield JV baseball team was defeated in both games of a road doubleheader Monday at Burlington.
The Trojans lost the first game 12-3. Tristan Ledger went 1-3 and Jacob Schillerstrom went 1-2. Ledger, Brian Buch and Giovanni Cingire each scored a run.
Fairfield then lost the second game 9-0. Brandon Smithburg went 1-4, and Ledger came in late in the game to pitch a scoreless inning of relief.
Pekin softball snatches first win
The Pekin High School softball team won its first game of the season Monday 5-1 at home against Winfield-Mount Union.
Pekin cranked out 14 hits in the win. Nikole Arendt, Sloan Reighard, Tiana Slaney, Peyton Atwood, Kaylee Linder and Ashlyn Zook each had two hits for the Panthers. Zook and Madelyn Baker both had a double and two RBI.
“We came out pretty strong hitting the ball,” Pekin coach Allison Glick said. “I feel like the girls finally hit like they were capable.”
Zook also had a dominating night on the mound, pitching a complete game while only allowing three hits and three walks. She also struck out 14 batters.
“She did a great job of hitting her spots and placing the ball where she wanted it,” Glick said.
Pekin (1-3) plays at Columbus Junction tonight.
Van Buren wins over rival Comets
Van Buren baseball is still undefeated after a 2-0 home win Monday over Cardinal.
Garrett Saunders and Will Mertens both went 1-3 and scored a run for Van Buren. Robert Barker had one hit and one RBI. Tyson Sprouse went 2-3 at the plate.
Tom Fitzsimmons had a tremendous pitching outing, throwing a complete game one-hitter. Fitzsimmons gave up one walk and struck out three.
Cardinal’s only hit came from Adam Giltner is the third inning. Fitzsimmons dueled with Brennon Elder, who threw six innings for the Comets. Elder allowed six hits and two walks, but only one earned run as two errors hurt Cardinal’s chances.
“We played a very competitive game tonight,” Cardinal coach Tom Hallgren said. “But when you give good teams free bases, they tend to beat you because the good teams aren’t giving any free bases back.”
Van Buren (5-0) plays at Central Lee tonight, while Cardinal (0-3) hopes to get its first win tonight at Harmony.
Pekin boys fall at home in baseball
The Pekin High School baseball team lost a close game 7-6 Monday to Winfield-Mount Union at Pekin High School.
The Panthers got nine hits on the evening. Cade Millikin went 3-4 with a double. Keaton Winn went 2-3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI. Kolby Allsup got two hits and Chase Copeland smacked a double.
Pekin’s starting pitcher, Zach Sloan, went six innings and struck out seven batters. Petie Clubb pitched the seventh inning and took the loss.
Pekin (2-2) travels tonight to Columbus Junction.