Indians win behind Krause no-no
To say Pontiac’s pitching has been quite good of late would be an understatement. Freshman Regan Krause proved that point Thursday afternoon as she tossed a no-hitter at Central Catholic to lead the Indians to a 10-0 Senior Day victory at Williamson Field.
Krause outpitched BCC star Izzy Vetter to push the Tribe into a tie with the Saints atop the Corn Belt Conference standings at 9-2. PTHS improved to 17-9 on the season. BCC fell to 25-6.
“I was just trying to execute my movement pitches and get my changeup working early in the game,” Krause said of her performance.
Vetter is one of the best pitchers, arguable the best, in the conference and struck the Indians out 20 times in the first meeting at Bloomington. This time she was enough off that the Indians were able to take advantage.
It took a bit of time, though. Pontiac threatened in the first inning, leaving a runner on second base.
PTHS challenged in the second with a walk and dropped third strike, getting two on with one out. But like the first inning, no scoring took place.
Despite not being to score, there was a feeling of patience. Pontiac’s demeanor was as if there was no doubt Krause was going to get run support.
As for Krause, she was just letting the mojo flow.
“Confidence is real key, you want to believe in yourself and your teammates,” Krause said. “We went out there and we showed them.”
Krause struck out the first two batters she faced in the game, and had five punchouts through three innings.
Then came the bottom of the third inning and everything seemed alright in the Pontiac world of softball.
Sydney Barnett singled with one out and Vetter, in a moment of unusual wildness, walked Emma Jacobs and Kailey Brinkman to load the bases. She plunked Amanda Fox in the back with two outs to force Barnett home with the first run of the game.
“After getting a lead, I was very focused in not letting them score a run and keep momentum our way,” Krause said.
Krause faced seven more batters in the game, striking out four, shutting the door on the Saints.
It was Pontiac’s offense that ended the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.
“We knew if we put the ball in play, good things were going to happen,” PTHS head coach Nicole Ropp said. “We got that one run given to us and we took advantage of it.
“Izzy’s a great pitcher. We focused on (patience) all week. We knew what we had to do.”
Charlotte Somodi was hit by a pitch with one out in the fourth inning and stole second before Madisyn Webster hit a dribbler down the first-base line. BCC’s Mallorie Segobiano made a wild throw to first that went down the line and allowed Somodi to score, making it 2-0.
With solid at-bats and a some luck, the Indians ended the game in the fifth inning. Brinkman started the eight-run surge with a one-out base hit. Maddi Stark came in as the courtesy runner for the PTHS catcher.
Fox walked and Jordan Weber drilled a double to right that scored both runners and make it 4-0. Somodi then walked and Aysha Willis, who had come in for Haley Rice, hit a line drive off BCC shortstop Charlie Sartoris’ glove that brought in Weber.
Webster walked to load the bases and Barnett hit a grounder to the hole that Sartoris made a stop on but had no play as Somodi scored. Jacobs then doubled to left, driving in Willis and Webster to make it 8-0.
Harley Schade came on to pitch for the Saints and got Brinkman to hit a grounder to third, but an error on Vetter allowed Barnett and Jacobs to score to end the game.
“(There was) a lot of motivation today,” Ropp said. “(Krause is) a freshman (and had) motivation to help her seniors get a win and get a big conference win. We got the job done.”
Krause finished the game allowing just two walks and struck out nine in facing just two over the minimum for five innings.
“She’s gotten better as the year has gone on,” Ropp said of Krause. “Getting to the postseason, she’s confident and focused. She’s got it.”
Barnett had two hits and drove in a run to help pace the Pontiac offense. Jacobs and Weber each had a two-base hit and two runs batted in while Willis singled and drove in a run and Brinkman and Webster each singled. Fox also had an RBI.