By Courier sports staff
---- — PEKIN – The Pekin softball team split two distinctively different games with Southeast Iowa Superconference North opponent Iowa Mennonite Thursday.
The Panthers struggled to get their bats going on offense in the first game, resulting in an 8-3 loss IMS 8-3. Pekin, however, effectively exploited an inexperienced IMS pitching staff on its way to a 13-0 victory in the nightcap.
"They were experimenting with some pitching so we got a lot of walks and a lot of pitches down the middle of the plate," Pekin coach Bryan Marlay said about game two.
Leslie Stone suffered the loss on the mound in the front half of the doubleheader. She allowed four runs on one hit in two-thirds innings while issuing five walks. Cheyann Lankford pitched the breadth of the game for the Panthers. She struck out three, allowed three hits and three runs, one of them earned; in five and a third innings.
Both teams finished with a total of four hits. Pekin's Brittany Gillam tripled, Madelyn Baker doubled and Peyton Atwood accounted for the Panthers' sole RBI.
In the nightcap, which only lasted a mere three innings, Cheyann Lankford got the win on the mound for Pekin. She fanned one batter and allowed no hits in her three innings of work.
Stone bolstered Ottumwa's inflated score by going 2-2 at the plate with three RBI and Kelsie Spilman slapped three hits and drove in three runs as well. In addition, Lankford recorded two hits.
Pekin (14-8, 11-4) will put on its home tournament today. The three other teams featured in the tourney are Van Buren, West Branch and Harmony. The Panthers will kick off the tourney against the Warriors at 9 a.m. They will play West Branch at 4 p.m. and Harmony at 5:30 p.m.
IMS 8, Pekin 3
IMS 200 500 1 — 8 4 3
PEK 100 011 0 — 3 4 5
Pekin battery — Leslie Stone(L, 3-4) (2/3 IP, 1H, 4R, 3ER, 5BB), Cheyann Lankford (5 1/3 IP, 3R, 1ER, 3H, 3K), Courtney Comstock (1IP, 1R, 0ER) Tiana Slaney-Sloan Reighard catching.
2B — Madelyn Baker.
3B — Brittany Gillam.
Hits — Madelyn Baker 1-for-2, Peyton Atwood 1-for-3, Gillam 1-for-4, Lankford 1 -for-4.RBI — Atwood.
Runs — Gillam, Nikole Arendt, Madelyn Baker.
Pekin 13, IMS 0
Pek 436 — 13 8 1
IMS 000 — 0 0 2
Pekin battery — Lankford (W, 10-2) (3IP, 1K), Slaney catching.
Hits — Lankford 2-for-2, Stone 2-for-2, Kelsie Spilman 2-for-3, Slaney 1-for-2, Gillam 1-for-1.
RBI — Stone 3, Spilman 3, Lankford, Slaney, Maranda Baker, Madelyn Baker.
Runs — Gillam 3, Cassidy Tolle 2, Lankford 2, Rieghard, Emily Adam, Emily Bemis, Comstock, Madelyn Baker, Maranda Baker.