Keota High School opened district action with a victory but Pekin suffered a loss Saturday.
Eagles soar late
VICTOR — Keota had to rally late to defeat English Valleys (4-8) 11-8 in a Class 1A district opener.
Keota gave up three first-inning runs and another in the second but scored two in the second and five in the fifth for a 7-4 lead.
“The game went well. We had a lot of momentum and then we had a two-hour rain delay and it made it hard to come back and play baseball again,” Keota coach Dakota McCombs said. “EV came out of the rain delay and played really well and took the lead, so we had to come back in the last inning with two outs and down a run.”
EV scored four in the sixth but Keota answered with four runs in the seventh.
“Nolan Verstraete was our biggest contributor on the night,” McCombs said. “He had two big hits and both times they gave us the lead. He had four RBIs.”
Colten Clarahan had a double and Keota teammate Brady Duwa went 2-for-2.
Carson Sprouse went 4 1/3 innings with two hits, four runs (one earned), a walk, three hit batters and eight strikeouts. Clarahan pitched 2 2/3 innings with five hits, four runs (one earned), and a walk. He recorded a strikeout (8) for every out he pitched.
Keota (7-7) plays HLV (13-0) tonight.
Bears claw past Panthers
MONTEZUMA — Pekin (8-3) lost to BGM (8-4) in a Class 1A district opener.
The Panthers scored two in the first and one in the second inning to take control but BGM pulled within 3-1 in the third inning. Pekin upped its lead to 4-1 in the fifth inning but disaster awaited in the sixth when BGM plated seven runs.
Chiefs ax Warriors
KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County (4-7) lost a wild one against Keokuk (1-16), falling 13-12 Friday. The Warriors had taken a 12-7 lead after a nine-run sixth inning, but the Chiefs put up six in the seventh and held VBC in their final at-bat.
Ryan Wolf led the Warriors at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Casey Yochum was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Christian Wells went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Tony Davidson and Tommy Adkins each knocked in a run.
Tony Davidson was tagged with the loss, giving up seven runs (four earned) on four hits and three walks, while striking out one. Starting pitcher Yochum gave up two unearned runs on three hits and two walks over four innings, and struck out six. Jackson Manning gave up four earned runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out one.