SPORTS IN BRIEF: Area softball, baseball roundup
Fairfield JV splits with Fort Madison
After falling 13-1 Wednesday to Muscatine, the Fairfield JV baseball team split a doubleheader Thursday at Fort Madison.
Fairfield won the first game 12-5. Josh Osby went 3-4 with three RBIs. Giovanni Cingire and Brian Buch both had a double and two RBIs. Brandon Smithburg pounded out two hits, including a double.
Smithburg pitched five innings and allowed five hits, four walks, three earned runs and struck out three Bloodhounds.
The Trojans lost game two 7-5. Osby, Cingire and James Lyman each had a hit.
Panthers take down Highland
The Pekin High School baseball team won 3-0 at home Thursday over Highland (Riverside).
Keaton Winn only allowed three hits on the mound and struck out eight batters.
Cole Reighard led the Pekin offense with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs. Cade Millikin smacked two hits. Winn and Trevor Northup both had one hit.
The Panthers (11-4) will host Moravia and New London on Saturday.
Pekin falls to No. 1 ranked team
Class 2A No. 1 Highland (Riverside) took down the Pekin softball team 14-1 Thursday in Packwood.
The game went just four innings. Highland (23-1) was able to score at least three runs in each inning.
Pekin scored its run in the first inning when Tiana Slaney drove in Nikole Arendt. Sloan Reighard and Cassidy Tolle each singled for the Panthers.
Pekin (12-10) will host Van Buren (4-12), Harmony (2-14) and West Branch (9-17) at the Pekin Tournament Saturday.
Comet softball wins SEISC game
The Cardinal softball team defeated Central Lee 9-4 Thursday in Donnellson.
The Comets led 6-2 going into the seventh inning. They tacked on three more runs and then held on for the win.
Lexi Fullenkamp pitched a complete game and held Central Lee (10-9) to eight hits, two walks and four runs.
Lindsey Davis led Cardinal offensively by going 3-4 with two doubles, one run scored and two RBIs. Danae Moses went 2-4 with a RBI and a run scored. Shelby Smith smacked two hits and Schylar Conger finished with two RBIs.
The Comets (14-8) will host Eddyville-Blakesburg tonight before traveling to Twin Cedars on Saturday.
Cardinal loses at home to Hawks
The Cardinal baseball team lost at home to Central Lee 7-3 Thursday.
Taylor Blunt pitched a complete game for Cardinal. Only two of the Hawks’ seven runs were earned. Blunt allowed eight hits, one walk and struck out four batters. The Comets made six errors which ended up being the difference in the game.
“We simply gave Central Lee too many opportunities at the plate with errors,” Cardinal coach Tom Hallgren said. “Those have to get cleaned up for us to be successful.”
Brandon Potts hit and double and drove in a run. Cody Streeby and Adam Giltner both finished the ballgame with a RBI.
Cardinal (10-10, 7-5 SEISC) will get the weekend off before hosting Burlington Notre Dame on Monday.
“It’s been a lot of games over the last two weeks,” Hallgren said. “I think a weekend of rest will help us physically and mentally.”
Warriors sweep Lisbon
The Van Buren baseball team swept a doubleheader Thursday against Lisbon that was played in Iowa City.
The Class 1A No. 4 Warriors won the first game 6-5. They were down 4-1 after the third inning, but would mount a comeback that included a two-run sixth inning that took the lead.
Garrett Saunders went 3-4 with a double, triple, three runs scored and three RBIs. Brandon Plecker and Will Mertens both drove in a run as well.
Lisbon (16-9) was defeated in the second game 4-2. Saunders led his squad offensively in this contest as well, driving in another run and scoring twice. Plecker had two hits and two RBIs. Tyson Sprouse and Braxton Bainbridge both had two hits.
Robert Barker pitched a complete game and allowed just five hits, two walks and two runs. Barker struck out five.
Van Buren (19-1) is scheduled to play at Fairfield tonight.