Area baseball from Thursday, involving Pontiac, Lexington, Dwight and WFC
Pontiac spotted Ottawa a two-run lead and then plated five markers for a 5-2 victory in a nonconference baseball game at The Ballpark at Williamson Field on Thursday.
Jacob Duffy was efficient in throwing a complete game with just 106 pitches, and this after a rocky start. The big right-hander finished with six strikeouts while giving up two runs on four hits and a walk.
The Pirates touched Duffy for a run in the first inning and added a run in the third frame for a 2-0 lead. But that was it as Duffy only gave up a walk in the fourth and a double in the seventh the rest of the way.
Meanwhile, the Indians rallied behind their hurler beginning in the last of the third frame. Garrett Gould doubled to start the inning. He scored on Carter Dawson’s ground out two batters later.
Andrew Lee singled with one out and Austin Einhaus was hit by a pitch as Pontiac looked to take the lead in the fourth inning. Gould lofted a sacrifice fly to plate Lee with the tying run, and Einhaus scored on Ben Schuler’s base hit to put Pontiac ahead 3-2.
Tanner Walls reached on a two-out error in the fifth inning as PTHS looked to extend its advantage. Lee followed with a base hit with Walls scoring on the play. Einhaus then singled in Lee for a 5-2 lead.
Lee had three hits and drove in a run while Dawson tripled, singled and drove in a run in helping lead the offense. Gould had a double, single and RBI. Schuler and Einhaus each singled and had an RBI. Duffy, Jakob Grieff and Eric Watson each singled.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Pontiac dropped a 2-1 decision to Ottawa in a junior varsity game at Ottawa. PTHS got its run in the top of the fourth after the Pirates scored single runs in the first and third frames.
Payton Amm had a double and RBI for the Indians. Austin Waldschmidt also had a two-base hit while Nic Hendren, Evan Trevino and Clay Pfeifer each singled.
Pfeifer took the loss, allowing both runs on a walk and six hits in four innings. He fanned two. Trevor Sexton struck out two and gave up a hit in two innings.
Lexington 18, Dwight 4
DWIGHT — Lexington was forced to wait a week before getting its game in with host Dwight, but it was worth it as the Minutemen overpowered the Trojans 18-4 Thursday.
DTHS got on the board in the second when Carson Crouch scored on an error.
Lexington responded in the top of the third with a four-run outburst. DTHS hurler beaned Jared Leake to open the inning. Colby Lainhart drew a walk and Josh Hardman reached on an error that allowed Leake to score the tying run. Another error allowed Lainhart to score the go-ahead run with Tate Walcott at the plate. He ended up walking to put runners on the corners.
Will White lofted a sacrifice fly to bring in Hardman and Tyler Grimsley did the same to bring in Walcott and make it 4-1.
Lexington scored six times in the fourth frame. An error allowed one run to come home and walks forced in two more. Singles by Grimsley and Andrew Olson also drove in runs in creating a 10-1 advantage.
Dwight scored in the three times in its half of the fourth inning. Mason Tjelle drove in Hayden Tjelle with a base hit and Mason Tjelle scored on a Bubba Schultz groundout. Daniel Gutierrez scored on Cade Enerson’s base hit.
Walcott had a run-scoring triple in the fifth inning and stole home later in the inning. White also stole home in the inning.
A five-run sixth helped bring an end to the game.
Olson had two hits and three runs batted in for the Minutemen. Grimsley had two hits and two RBIs and Leake collected two hits. Hardman had a hit and three RBIs and Walcott tripled and drove in two. Thad Steffen and Mitchell Sadler each had a hit and RBI while Reese Newby and Trevor Keagle had one hit apiece.
Grimsley got the win on the hill, going 3 1-3 innings and allowing four runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out two. White closed it out, fanning four and giving up one hit in 2 2-3 innings.
Gutierrez took the loss for Dwight. He gave up eight runs, four walks and two hits to go with two punchouts. Colton Holm fanned two, walked five and yielded 10 runs and 10 hits in relief.
Enerson and Mason Tjelle each had a hit and RBI for DTHS. Gutierrez, Logan Graham and Crouch each singled.
GSW 5, WFC 3
SOUTH STREATOR — A four-run third inning projected Gardner-South Wilmington to a 5-3 win over Woodland-Flanagan-Cornell in a nonconference baseball tilt at Woodland.
The Warriors scored a run in the first inning but the Panthers got to WFC starter Kyle Voytko in the third. Each side scored a run in the fifth inning and WFC plated a run in the sixth.
Voytko gave up five runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk in six innings. He fanned five in taking the loss.
Chandler Hillebrenner doubled while Alex Redd and Clayton Sibert each had run-scoring base hits for the Warriors (1-1).