New London’s two-run sixth sinks Pekin in season opener, 4-2

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NEW LONDON, IA – Coming off a state tournament appearance last season, the Pekin baseball team comes into the year with high hopes of once again returning to Des Moines later this Summer. The road to a state berth began Monday night for the Panthers as they visited the New London Tigers in a SEI Superconference meeting. 

After seeing the Tigers jump out to an early 2-0 lead with runs in both the bottom of the second and third, Pekin rallied back in the top of the 5th to tie the game at two as Brady Latcham had a double that scored Brady Millikin from first base, and Cael Baker had an RBI single scoring Latcham.

The game remained knotted up into the sixth, however New London’s Tucker Gibbar helped lead a hit parade in the bottom half of the inning as the Tigers strung together three singles in three trips, throwing up a two-spot on the board, to lead 4-2. The Panthers had a chance to escape the inning still tied at two, but an unfortunate error kept the Tigers at the plate. 

Attempting to rally back in their last at bat in the top of 7th, the Panthers had the tying run on base with just one out, but New London’s Kooper Shulte shut the door and earned the save by striking out the next two batters. In total, Pekin stranded 10 runners on the base paths in the 4-2 defeat. 

The Pekin softball team also came up short in last night’s season opener at New London, falling 8-5 versus the Tigers. Both squads are back on the diamond Tuesday night at Wapello. 

Other Monday night scores involving area schools below: 

Softball:

WDM Valley 7 vs. Ottumwa 5 (Game 1)

WDM Valley 5 vs. Ottumwa 2 (Game 2)

New London 8 vs. Pekin 5

Centerville 9 vs. Davis County 0

Albia 3 vs. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 1 

Cardinal 11 @ Holy Trinity Lutheran 1

Fairfield 10 vs. Washington 0 (Game 1)

Fairfield 14 vs. Washington 6 (Game 2)

Central Decatur 12 vs. Moulton-Udell 3

Sigourney 11 vs. HLV 0

Highland 12 vs. Hillcrest Academy 0

Mount Pleasant 5 vs. Fort Madison 3 (Game 1)

Fort Madison 7 @ Mount Pleasant 3 (Game 2)

Louisa-Muscatine 1 vs. Winfield-Mt. Union

Central Lee 6 vs. Danville

Oskaloosa 12 vs. Pella Christian

Muscatine 12 vs. Davenport Central 0 (Game 1)

Muscatine 11 vs. Davenport Central 0 (Game 2) 

Lone Tree 5 @ Columbus

Wapello 4 vs. Mediapolis

Burlington 16 @ Keokuk 1 (Game 1)

Burlington 8 @ Keokuk 0 (Game 2) 

North Mahaska 13 @ Keota 0

Baseball:

WDM Valley 12 vs. Ottumwa 2 (Game 1)

WDM Valley 16 vs. Ottumwa 6 (Game 2)

Centerville 16 vs. Davis County

Albia 12 vs. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 1

HLV 11 @ Sigourney 2

Mount Pleasant 8 vs. Fort Madison 5 (Game 1)

Fort Madison 10 @ Mount Pleasant 4 (Game 2)

Louisa-Muscatine 12 vs. Winfield-Mt. Union 2

Central Decatur 16 vs. Moulton-Udell

Oskaloosa 8 vs. Pella Christian 3

Washington 14 vs. Fairfield 3

Keota 9 vs. North Mahaska 6

Burlington 10 @ Keokuk

Chariton 4 vs. Clarke

Hillcrest Academy 8 vs. Highland

Central Lee 13 @ Danville

Lone Tree 17 vs. Columbus

Mediapolis 10 vs. Wapello 2

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