It was a good Friday for Pekin sports teams. The softball, baseball and girls soccer teams each won.
Here are the details.
RUN, RUN, RUN: After back-to-back walk-off victories, the Pekin softball team won its third straight game, this time through the run rule.
The Dragons dumped host Morton 17-3 Friday at Birchwood Park in a Mid-Illini Conference game that lasted just five innings.
Grace Wyman knocked in nine -- yes, nine -- runs for Pekin thanks to a grand slam homer in the second inning, a two-run double in the third inning and a three-run homer in the fourth inning.
Wyman had four hits (two doubles, two homers) and scored three runs.
Pekin (4-11, 3-6) pounded out 20 hits against Morton pitcher Jade Frost.
Kylie Cutting (three runs, three hits, three RBI), Mya Stoller (three runs, two hits, two RBI) and Olivia Percefull (three runs) were among the Dragons’ other offensive heroes.
Chelsey Catton pitched three innings for Pekin and earned the victory. Sydney Burks pitched the last two innings in relief of Catton.
“We had some great at-bats,” said Pekin coach Skip Penning. “We were patient and waited for a good pitch.”
The game was a makeup from an April 30 postponement because of rain. Pekin’s game May 2 at Canton also was postponed because of rain, so the Dragons had to wait eight days to play after their back-to-back walk-off wins.
“I was afraid we’d have a letdown because we didn’t play for so long, but our kids stayed focused and hungry,” Penning said.
Abby Winstead had three hits for Morton (1-19, 0-9).
NOTHING DOING: It’s not a good idea to give Pekin pitcher Nathan Righi some runs to work with when he’s on the mound.
Just ask Metamora. The Dragons scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning Friday and went on to a 5-0 win over the Redbirds in a Mid-Illini Conference baseball game at Harry Anderson Field.
The game was originally scheduled for April 29 but postponed because of rain.
Righi threw a two-hit shutout. He struck out 11 and didn’t walk anyone in improving his conference record to 3-0.
The first five batters in the Pekin first inning reached base.
Cole Russell was hit by a pitch, Max Jones walked and Righi hit an RBI single, setting the stage for a three-run homer by Evan Pogioli. Ethan Sullivan singled before the Dragons (10-5, 5-4) finally were cooled off.
Pekin picked up its final run in the third inning on a double by Righi, single by Pogioli and sacrifice fly by Sullivan.
“Nathan (Righi) is a lot like (Dunlap pitcher and Bradley recruit) Taylor Catton,” said Pekin coach Larry Davis. “They each have a herky-jerky motion, throw the ball hard, and have a good curveball.”
Righi has committed to continue his baseball career at Illinois-Springfield.
Pekin and Metamora are scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Metamora in a makeup of a May 1 rainout. The Dragons’ doubleheader Saturday at Springfield Lanphier was postponed because of wet grounds and will not be rescheduled.
KICKIN’ WIN: The Pekin girls soccer team beat Peoria Richwoods 3-0 Friday at Shea Stadium in Peoria as part of the 10th annual Kickin’ Out Cancer fundraising event.
But not all the news was good for the Dragons (11-4-2) on the night they earned the program’s 200th all-time victory.
Pekin’s Bailey Bassen suffered a knee injury, joining her sister Alex Bassen on the sidelines. Alex also is out with a knee injury. She was hurt April 20 during the Pekin Invitational tournament.
Tyranie Cox of the Dragons was given a red card early in the second half Friday after an altercation with a Richwoods player, who was assessed a yellow card.
Because of the ejection, Cox can’t play Tuesday in Pekin’s Senior Day game against Limestone at Coal Miners park.
Cox, a senior, scored in the first half against Richwoods off an assist from Becca Painter, giving her 69 career goals. She is nine goals behind Pekin all-time leader Sarah Zuercher (2009-12) with at least two games to go this season.
Allie Scally scored on a free kick and Valerie Champagne also scored in the second half for the Dragons in support of goalie Paige Smith.
“We played well. We created a lot of chances,” said Pekin coach Edgar Sandoval.
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