PACKWOOD, IA – The Pekin Panthers (1-1) opened their home baseball schedule Thursday night hosting the Winfield-Mt. Union Wolves (0-3) in Packwood. Bouncing back from their season opening loss at New London Monday night with a big 17-6 victory over Wapello Tuesday, Pekin looked to capitalize against the Wolves who had already allowed a total of 53 runs to their opponents in their first three games.
Both teams remained scoreless after the first inning prior to the Panthers striking first in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice ground out by Cael Baker to score Chandler Stull. Brady Millikin sat the Wolves down in order in the top of the third, and then the Pekin bats came alive. In Tuesday’s 17-6 win at Wapello, the Panthers benefited from walks, wild pitches, and errors from the Indians defense to rack up a majority of their production. But versus Winfield-Mt. Union, they earned their runs that crossed the plate.
Pekin batted around in the bottom of the third inning, totaling seven hits, three for extra bases, and plating nine runs to open a 10-0 advantage. In the next half inning, the Wolves loaded the bases with two outs, however Millikin was able to work out of the jam and force a pop out for the third out.
With a chance to end the game in the bottom of the fourth, based on the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s run-rule of 15 runs after four, the Panthers strung together six more hits off WMU pitching, highlighted by Keenan Winn’s walk-off single to score Chase Stansberry, making it 15-0. Pekin will take their two-game winning streak on the road Friday night to face the West Burlington Falcons ( . First pitch has been moved up to 5:30 due to inclement weather expected in the area.