Late rally falls short for Pekin in 9-5 loss versus Highland

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PACKWOOD, IA – The Pekin Panthers (2-1, 2-0 SEISC – North) entered Tuesday night’s home game versus the Highland Huskies (2-1, 2-1 SEISC – North) on a two-game winning streak. After losing their season opener at New London, the boys in red and black strung together a pair of run-rule wins, 17-6 @ Wapello and 15-0 vs. Winfield-Mt. Union. The Huskies came into their road matchup versus Pekin on a similar streak having won their two latest meetings, 7-4 versus Lone Tree and 17-2 at Louisa-Muscatine. 

Both teams remained scoreless through the first inning prior to Highland striking for four runs in the top of the second on a two-RBI single from Chase Schultz, followed by a two-run double by Mason McFarland. Pekin brought home one in the third with Kennan Winn knocking in Brady Millikin with an RBI single, cutting the deficit to three, 4-1. 

The Huskies answered right back though with a five run fourth, highlighted by Connor Grinstead’s grand slam to push the lead out to eight, 9-1. The score remained the same until the bottom of the seventh as Pekin attempted to mount a late comeback. Winn brought home three runs with one swing of the bat, belting a home run, his first of the season, to make it 9-5 Highland. But the late rally faltered as the Huskies went on to secure the four run victory. 

Pekin will be back on the diamond Thursday at Hillcrest Academy (1-4, 1-2 SEISC – North). 

SOFTBALL: 

Albia 3 @ Oskaloosa

West Burlington 10 @ Cardinal 2

Fairfield 5 vs. Burlington 2 (Game 1) 

Fairfield 11 vs. Burlington 4 (Game 2) 

Moulton-Udell 13 vs. Lamoni 4

Fort Dodge 3 @ Ottumwa 2 (Game 1)

Ottumwa 4 vs. Fort Dodge 3 (Game 2) 

Pekin 12 @ Highland

Sigourney 16 vs. Iowa Valley

Central Lee 6 vs. Van Buren County

BASEBALL: 

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 8 @ East Marshall

West Burlington 4 vs. Cardinal 1

Centerville 13 @ Pella 12 

Davis County 6 vs. Albia

Mid-Prairie 12 vs. Fairfield 2

Lamoni 10 @ Moulton-Udell 0

Oskaloosa 5 @ Knoxville 3

Ames 2 vs. Ottumwa 1 (10 innings) 

Central Lee 6 @ Van Buren County 0

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