Baayen blanks Columbus Junction again

Keaton Baayen helped shut out Columbus Junction for the second time this season. In his two games against the Wildcats Baayen has amassed eight strikeouts, four walks and three hits allowed without having a run score against him.

Pekin has now played Columbus Junction twice this season, their most recent matchup coming on June 18. Besides the fact the Panthers blanked Columbus Junction both games another similarity exists, Keaton Baayen pitched in both games to pick up the wins. This time Pekin shut out CJ to a score of 12-0 in five innings.

    The Panthers got out to a quick lead with four runs scored in the top of the first inning and continued to build up the lead as the game went on. They scored at least two runs each inning except the fifth, which they added on one more run to make it an even dozen. While the offense was clicking, Baayen wasn’t allowing CJ many, if any, chances to score.

    Back on May 29, Baayen pitched all four innings with 52 total pitches, allowed three hits, two walks and struck out six. All those numbers were down when he faced them again in another shutout bid. While the game went into a fifth inning this time around Baayen limited his needed pitches to 50 and walked two, the only two to reach base with no hits allowed.

    Panther leaders: Caleb Comstock – 3 hits, Tanner Bainbridge/Skyler Juhl – 3 hits, Tanner Bainbridge/Torell Washington – 1 HR, Torell Washington – 3 RBIs, Skyler Juhl – 1 SB, Keaton Baayen – 2 Ks

    The win extended Pekin’s streak to four games with only a couple weeks of competition remaining in the regular season. The other three games for the week were either rained out or postponed, giving Pekin a length break with their next game coming on June 25 against Lone Tree.