Olivia Maasdam drove in the tying run in the fourth inning and Alex Griggs doubled in two decisive runs in the fifth as the Knoxville Panthers completed a regular-season sweep of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, winning 4-2 on Friday night in a pivotal battle of South Central Conference softball hopefuls.
The loss is EBF's second in conference play this week, dropping the Rockets to 5-4 in the SCC and 15-6 overall. The loss came one night after the Rockets scored a pair of 13-0 shutout wins over Chariton to stay within two games in the loss column of Albia and Clarke in the conference race.
Emma Lenox singled in Madysen Wade in the top of the first, giving EBF an early 1-0 lead. The Rockets brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh when a pair of errors allowing Whitney Klyn to score before Darian Johnson and Lillie Hynick both flew out short of hitting potential game-tying home runs.
EBF, 15-6 overall, face No. 15 (1A) Sigourney, No. 3 (4A) Carlisle and Keokuk today in the Oskaloosa Indian Classic. Action at the Lacey Recreational Sports Complex begins at 9:15 a.m.
West Burlington-Notre Dame 6, Pekin 3
Down to their final three outs, WBND rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh to hand Pekin a third straight loss after reaching .500 for the first time this season earlier this week.
The Panthers (7-10) return to Southeast Iowa Superconference north division action next week with road trips to Columbus on Monday and Highland on Tuesday.
EBF 11, Knoxville 5
Zach Leonard connected on a bases-clearing double while Trey Moore scored three runs as the Rockets completed a three-game season sweep of the defending South Central Conference champions. Wyatt Klyn earned the win on the mound, joining Austin Johnson and Moore in allowing just four hits to the Panthers while combining for 10 strikeouts in the win.
EBF (11-6, 9-3 SCC) returns to conference action at home on Monday night against Chariton.
Pekin 22, West Burlington 11
The Panthers scored at least 10 runs in an inning for the third straight game, holding off the the Falcons who cut a 14-0 deficit down to 14-10 with a 10-run rally of their own in a wild Southeast Iowa Superconference crossover slugfest. Tanner Bainbridge homered twice and drove in six runs as Pekin put away a third straight win by scoring seven times in the fifth.
The Panthers (8-6, 7-2 SEI north) heads to Highland on Tuesday for conference action.
Mediapolis 5, Van Buren 4 (8)
Alex Diewold's double to right with one out in the bottom of the eighth scored Cauy Massner from first base, lifting the Bulldogs to a thrilling extra-inning win over the Warriors in an SEI crossover contest that could double as a potential regional final preview. Van Buren and Mediapolis both learned on Friday they will be placed in opposing districts in next month's Class 2A postseason tournament.
Van Buren rallied from a 3-0 deficit, tying the score with three runs in the sixth. The Warriors forced extra innings in the seventh when Mason McDonough led off with a double, reached third on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Ryan Wolf.
Van Buren (7-3) returns home on Monday night to host Cardinal in SEI south division action. The contest will mark the third meeting between head coaches, and brother, Rick and Chad Scott.