Area baseball from Tuesday
Pontiac lost a tough Corn Belt Conference game on Monday. It was a different story on Tuesday as the Indians rallied from a five-run deficit to edge Central Catholic 12-11 in a league contest at The Ballpark at Williamson Field.
The Tribe really didn’t have trouble hitting Saints pitching all game, but did fall behind 11-6 after BCC scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Pontiac responded with a six-run outburst to regain the lead and relied on a diving catch by Eric Zega to preserve the victory in the seventh.
Garrett Gould and Tony Krominga each singled to begin the PTHS sixth. Ben Schuler flew out and Gould moved to third base. He scored on a passed ball and Jacob Duffy singled to right to put runners on the corners again.
Seth Mehrkens came through with a double to center that drove in Krominga and put Duffy on third. Tanner Walls drew a two-out walk to load the bases and Zega was plunked to force in Duffy and leave the bases jammed.
Levi Ransom singled to center to drive in Mehrkens and Walls and tie the game at 11-11. Gould, batting for the second time in the inning, reached on an error that allowed Zega to score. Ransom was thrown out at the plate.
Duffy, who came on in relief in the third inning, gave up a two-out single before Cole Hundman hit a sinking drive to left that Zega made a dazzling grab of to end the game.
Pontiac got on top in the first inning with three runs. Duffy had a run-scoring single that included an error and allowed a second run to cross the plate.
BCC tied it in the second but the Indians scored twice in their turn for a 5-3 lead. PTHS had trouble with the bunt in the third and the Saints scored five runs for an 8-5 lead.
Pontiac got a run in the fourth inning on Ransom’s home run. He added a single, drove in three runs and scored three times for the Indians. Duffy contributed three hits and two RBIs and Krominga had three hits and one RBI. Mehrkens had two doubles and drove in two runs while Zega had two hits and an RBI. Gould and Ben Schuler each had two hits as PTHS collected 16.
Duffy got the win after five innings of relief. He gave up eight runs on 11 hits and two walks while striking out one. Logan Verdun started, giving up three runs on five hits and struck out two.
FROSH-SOPHS: Pontiac topped BCC 16-5 with Luke Fox and Isaac Nollen sharing pitching duties.
Tyler Pulliam had four hits and three RBIs while Gavin Bauknecht collected four hits and two RBIs. Carter Dawson drove in five runs with three hits and Eric Watson contributed three hits and three RBIs.
Dwight 4, Watseka 3
WATSEKA — Blake Graham drove in the what proved to be the game-winner and Dwight slipped past host Watseka 4-3 in a Sangamon Valley Conference game.
The Warriors led 3-2 after three innings and Wesley Pulver and Logan Graham teamed up to shut them out the rest of the way.
Morgan Fritz homered in the fifth inning to tie it, leading up to Blake Graham’s sixth-inning base hit. Pulver and Logan Graham each had two hits for the Trojans (5-9, 3-2).
Pulver fanned 10 in 5 2-3 innings. Logan Graham fanned two in two innings of relief for the save.
Peoria Christian 6, WFC 1
PEORIA — Chandler Hillebrenner threw a good game, allowing no earned runs in going the distance. But Woodland-Flanagan-Cornell managed little by way of offense in dropping a 6-1 Tri-County Conference decision.
WFC scored a run in the top of the first inning on a Kyle Voytko base hit. The Warriors were unable to get anything else.
Hillebrenner allowed five unearned runs in the fifth inning and another in the sixth as the Chargers chalked up the win. Hillebrenner gave up four hits, four walks and struck out four.