There were 22 runs, 30 hits and eight errors in the Pekin girls softball team’s game Monday at Dunlap.
Those are some substantial numbers. But a letter meant most to Pekin coach Skip Penning.
The letter was “W,” as in a 13-9 win for the Dragons against a Mid-Illini Conference foe that has given Pekin problems recently.
“Dunlap beat us twice last year and 12-3 at our home field (April 26), so this was a win we really wanted,” Penning said.
Pekin’s 13 runs and 17 hits Monday put a smile on Penning’s face.
“I’ve been waiting 14 games to see that kind of offense,” he said. “We’re capable of doing that, but we just haven’t been getting hits at the right times.”
Winning pitcher Lexi Juergens, Molly Flannigan and Olivia Percefull each had three hits and scored twice for Pekin (6-9, 3-6). Grace Wyman and Riley Carroll each had two hits for the Dragons and leadoff batter Erin Flairty scored three runs.
Carroll had the big hit of the game, Penning said.
It was a two-out, bases-loaded double in the fourth inning that cleared the bases and the tied the game at 4-4.
Pekin scored three more times in the fifth to take a 7-4 lead and added six runs in the sixth off relief pitcher Emma Wolfe, who replaced injured starting pitcher Rachel Barrington.
Ahead 13-5 going into the bottom of the seventh, Pekin withstood a four-run rally by the Eagles (13-14, 6-4), who had 13 hits in the game.
Wolfe knocked in three runs for Dunlap and Ella Metzger had two RBIs. Barrington had two hits and scored twice before she exited after colliding with a Pekin fielder in the fifth.
The Dragons made five errors, “but we had enough pitching and defense to win,” Penning said.
Pekin hosted Morton on Tuesday in a conference game, and will travel to Washington on Thursday for another conference game with a 4:30 p.m. first pitch.
The Dragons’ home game last Thursday against Mid-Illini foe East Peoria was rained out. It was rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday.
BASEBALL: Definition of a bad day on the baseball diamond: when your opponent scores eight runs, you make seven errors and you have only one hit.
That happened Monday to the Pekin baseball team, which fell 8-0 at Metamora in a Mid-Illini Conference game.
“When we play ugly, we tend to take it to the nth-degree,” said Pekin coach Larry Davis. “I felt bad for Bryson (starting pitcher Bryson Swift).”
Swift allowed seven runs in four innings against Metamora. Only two runs were earned, and Swift gave up just three hits.
Pekin’s lone hit off winning pitcher Seth Bedwell was a Texas League single by Ethan Sullivan with one out in the third inning. The Dragons’ hardest hit ball was a liner to third by Braden Shane.
Metamora (14-14, 3-8) will travel to Harry Anderson Field to face host Pekin (10-10, 4-7) at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.
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