The 4-2 Pekin baseball team won their first three games, out scoring opponents 28-8, before losing to North Mahaska and Pella Christian at Eddyville Saturday. The Panthers returned to their offensive form with a 15-1 victory at home over Lone Tree Monday to remain undefeated in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference.
“I wish we had more games,” said head coach Pi Reighard. “This is a weird, odd season so far. This is probably one of the most fun groups that I have had since I have been here. We only have 18 kids out for various reasons, we lost one to drinking and some other ones because of grades, but this group of seniors are exceptional leaders.”
At SEISC foes Louisa-Muscatine Tuesday, Burlington-Notre Dame Wednesday and home versus Mediapolis Thursday. Pekin will play 10 of the next 14 games on the road.
Panther softball had two of their first seven games rained out and went 0-5 in the played contests before defeating Iowa Mennonite 20-3 Friday on the road for their first victory of the season.
“We have seen the girls be resilient this year because we have been in some close games,” explained skipper Shelby Atwood. “Right now we have been looking for the big hit when we need it. It will come. Overall I think we have seen that it is there, we just need to keep playing great defense. We just need to get over the hump and keep playing great defense. My seniors are right there. We have a senior in center field, Zoey Wright, who’s been there five years, so she knows what she’s doing. She plays great out there, and she’s already thrown five kids out at home this year.”
The Lady Panthers will also travel to Louisa-Muscatine Tuesday to start a nine-game road trip before heading to Chariton on Friday. Pekin will then have six days off before returning to action at Winfield-Mt. Union, Columbus, Highland, Lone Tree, Louisa-Muscatine again, Mediapolis and finally Cardinal on June 28.