Panthers drop home opener 5-3 to Mediapolis

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(Written by Michael Comstock)—Mediapolis scored in the 1st on a solo HR by FR Lance Ludens.  The Panthers tied it up in the 4th when Chase Stansberry scored from 2nd on an errant throw to first by the Bulldogs.  Ludens scored again in the top of the 5th and a long double to right center field by Jaxon Brooks.  Pekin tied it up in the bottom of the 5th with Colton Comstock’s RBI single to center which scored Jaedon Wolver.  The Panthers took the lead in the bottom of the 6th on a solo HR by catcher Koy Pollock.  Unfortunately the Panthers were unable to hang on to the 3 to 2 lead in the seventh as Ludens scored the tying run on a throwing error as he was stealing 3rd.  Cam Stotler and Aidan Danz scored a short time later on another Pekin error to move the score to 5-3 heading into the bottom of the 7th.  Brooks shut the door on the Panthers in the 7th to pick up the victory for the Bulldogs.  Jackson Horras got the start on the mound for the Panthers and went 6 1/3 innings giving up 3 runs, two of which were earned.  He struck out 12 Bulldog hitters on the night.  He was relieved by Hudson VanegelenHoven who picked up the loss going 2/3 of an inning and giving up 2 unearned runs.  Ludens started for the Bulldogs and went 4 1/3 innings before handing the game over to Brooks who went the final 2 2/3 innings striking out 7 Panthers in the process.  Panthers fall to 0-2 on the season and play Van Buren tonight at Pekin High School

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