Rambo was greeted in the seventh by back-to-back singles by Cole Striegle and Jackson Davis, bringing the Savages best hitters to the plate as potential tying runs. What developed next was an interesting rematch between Rambo and Crawford with the two players reversing roles as Crawford had a chance to hit his third home run of the year off Rambo for a three-run shot that would have answered Rambo’s homer in the top of the frame.
“We got the hitters in the lineup that I thought would give us the chance to score some runs and get it back for us after we got those two singles to lead things off,” Crawford said. “With Crawford coming up, you definitely think you’ve got a chance to tie it up or maybe even win it at that point.”
Instead, Rambo won the second battle of the two in the seventh by forcing the Sigourney freshman to foul out to first base. Colby Kerkove kept the Savages alive; however, driving in two runs with a single before Rambo hit Shane Sweringen two pitches later to put the tying run in scoring position and game-winning run on base.
Facing Schwenke, who gave Sigourney their only lead of the night with a second-inning two-out RBI single, Rambo responded with nothing but strikes. An 0-2 high fastball had the Savage infielder swinging to end a thrilling contest.
“I was definitely pumped up after hitting that home run in the top of the inning. It was hard to stay calm out there,” Rambo said. “I just had to try and keep myself calm and just throw the baseball when it came to getting that last out.”
Pekin carried plenty of momentum into a huge Southeast Iowa Superconference north division matchup against IMS at home Friday night as the Courier went to press. The Panthers (8-6) will look to continue building on the momentum this weekend hosting the Pekin Baseball Tournament with games against New London and Moravia at 10 a.m. and Noon before the Mohawks and Tigers play at 2.