A long week for the Pekin baseball team ended with a long game Thursday at Harry Anderson Field.

Visiting Tremont outlasted the Dragons 10-8 in 11 innings in a non-conference game that went on for about three hours.

It was the third game in four days for Pekin, which split with Mid-Illini Conference opponent Metamora in games played Monday and Wednesday.

Thursday’s game was a strange one. Pekin (11-12) and Tremont (14-7) battled to a 7-7 tie through four innings, then nobody scored until the 10th.

The Dragons had a chance to beat the reigning Heart of Illinois Conference champions in the bottom of the 10th.

Blake Thompson singled through the infield with two out, scoring Zach Peak from third base and knotting the game at 8-8. 

Cole Russell tried to score from second base on Thompson’s hit, but he was thrown out at the plate on a throw from Tremont rightfielder Jake Burge to catcher Marco Falcon.

Given new life, Tremont scored twice in the top of the 11th on a two-out, two-run single by Kaden Kruse.

The Turks took a temporary 8-7 lead in the top of the 10th on an RBI double by Landon Pflederer.

Pekin got a big hit from Bryson Swift. His two-out double in the fourth knocked in two runs and tied the game at 7-7. The Dragons scored four runs in the fourth after falling behind 7-3.

Besides the 18 runs, the teams combined for 29 hits and four errors. Pekin had 15 hits and made only one error.

Russell, Braden Shane, Ethan Sullivan, Swift and Peak each had two hits for Pekin. 

Silas Israel and Pflederer each had three hits for Tremont and Luke Barrow, Burge and Logan Miller each had two hits.  Burge had three RBIs and Kruse and Pflederer each drove in two runs.

Pekin returns to action Monday when it hosts Limestone in a Mid-Illini Conference game.

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD: Pekin’s Paige Arseneau and Hope Watts are headed to the Class 3A girls track and field state meet.

Arseneau qualified for her first state meet by finishing second in the 3200 Thursday at the Danville Sectional. The junior was clocked in 11:25.51. 

Watts, a sophomore, will make a return trip to state. She was second in the 400 Thursday in :58.38 seconds.

“We had a great night at Danville and are excited for next week,” Pekin coach Christina MacEwan said Friday.

The state meet will be next week at O’Brien Field in Charleston.

Steve Stein can be reached at stevestein21@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.