SPORTS IN BRIEF: Area softball, baseball roundup
JV softball splits doubleheaders
The Fairfield JV softball split a doubleheader Wednesday against Mt. Pleasant.
The Trojans lost game one 3-2 on a walk-off sacrifice fly from the Panthers. Sara Trent pitched, allowing just three runs on eight hits and walking five batters. Trent hit a triple and Ashton Drish went 1-3.
Drish struck out four Panthers in Fairfield’s 14-3 game two victory. She also went 2-3 with a home run at the plate.
Corynn Klehm was 3-4 with two doubles. Brooke McLain went 2-4 with two doubles.
Fairfield split a doubleheader at Washington on Thursday.
Drish got the win in game one by striking out nine. The final score was 7-3. Klehm went 3-3 with a double. Drish went 2-4 with a triple and a double. Nicole Buch and Natalie Angstead both hit a double as well.
Drish struck out nine batters in the second game as well, but received the loss as the Demons won 6-4. Allie Kensett, Taylor Myers and Kylee Marlay each got a hit in game two.
Pekin falls to IMS in baseball 5-3
The Pekin High School baseball team lost 5-3 at home to IMS Thursday.
Keaton Winn pitched seven innings and gave up only one earned run while striking out nine.
Cade Millikin and Cole Reighard both singled for Pekin’s only hits.
Pekin (3-3) will play Pella Christian at noon Saturday in the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont tournament.
Pekin softball defeats IMS
After starting out 0-3, the Pekin softball team is now back to .500 after beating IMS 7-0 Thursday.
Ashlyn Zook pitched a complete game shutout, tallying two hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.
Sloan Reighard hit a home run and had four RBI. Seven Panthers had one hit in the game.
Pekin (3-3) will travel to Davis County Friday.
Comets defeat West Burlington
The Cardinal High School baseball team used two solo home runs to power a 5-4 win Thursday at West Burlington.
Adam Giltner hit a home run in the second inning, while Conner McElderry hit his in the fifth.
“We were either feast or famine at the plate,” Cardinal coach Tom Hallgren said. “Either we hit it hard and did damage, or we had trouble just putting the ball in play.”
McElderry started the game on the mound, but relief pitcher Brennon Elder got the win. Elder went 2 1/3 innings and allowed only three hits, one earned run and struck out three.
Cody Streeby and McElderry each hit a double. Chase Courtney went 2-3 at the plate.
Cardinal (2-3) hosts Holy Trinity tonight before hosting the Comet Invitational on Saturday.
Cardinal softball wins sixth in a row
The Cardinal softball team defeated West Burlington 3-2 Thursday.
The Comets only squeezed out two hits, which came courtesy of Lindsey Davis and Schylar Conger. Conger had the team’s only RBI and scored a run. Jessie McElderry had two stolen bases and scored a run.
Lexi Fullenkamp pitched seven innings and allowed nine hits and two earned runs.
The win makes the Comets 6-2 and gives them their sixth win a row. Cardinal now turns its sights to the Oskaloosa Tournament this weekend, where Cardinal will be Oskaloosa and Lynnville-Sully.
“They will be tough games, but we’re the ones with nothing to lose,” Cardinal coach Hillary Droz said. “I have all the confidence in the world in my girls.”