Area baseball from Monday and the weekend
Pontiac had one bad inning and it proved costly as the Indians dropped a 9-3 Illini Prairie Conference baseball decision to Central Catholic at The Ballpark at Williamson Field Monday afternoon.
BCC was able to get to PTHS starter Logan Verdun and reliever Liam Pickett for seven runs in the third inning, increasing a one-run advantage to 8-0.
The Indians made a push to try to get back in the contest with a two-run fifth inning and a run in the sixth.
Eric Watson led off the fifth for Pontiac with a two-base hit. It looked to be for nothing as the the next two batters made outs. But Garrett Gould drew a walk and Jacob Duffy stroked a double that plated both runs.
The rally stayed alive for one more batter as Ben Schuler singled to put runners on the corners, but they were stranded.
Tanner Walls drew a leadoff walk in the PTHS sixth and Watson singled with one out to put runners on first and third. Walls scored two batters later on a passed ball with the Tribe’s final run.
BCC’s third began with an error. The next batters also reached safely before a pitching change was made. Pickett came on got a ground out and strikeout, but a two-run double finished the inning for the Saints.
Verdun took the loss after giving up eight runs (five earned) in two-plus innings. The senior lefty allowed seven hits and walked four. Pickett fanned one and gave up two hits in three innings of relief. Andrew Lee allowed a run, two hits and a walk while fanning two.
Watson had a double and single while Schuler also had two hits. Duffy had a double and two RBIs, Walls also doubled and Jakob Grieff had a base hit.
MINONK — Tri-Valley collected seven extra-base hits and got solid pitching in posting an 11-0 Heart of Illinois Conference win over Fieldcrest.
Derek May and Ryan Naas each had one hit for the Knights, who managed just one other baserunner — Michael Morse who was hit by a pitch.
May took the loss after giving up nine runs on 13 hits and a walk in three innings. Jordan Hochecker allowed two unearned runs, three hits and a walk while fanning three in two innings.
ON SATURDAY, Fieldcrest made a puch after falling behind but was unable to come all the way back in dropping an 8-4 contest to Metamora.
The Redbirds scored two runs in each of the first three innings to grab the early lead. Fieldcrest responded in the last of the fourth by scoring four runs to get back into contention.
Morse led off the Knights’ fourth with a base hit and May followed with a triple to get FHS on the board. Matt Cook walked and Noah Nordstrom reached on an error that allowed May to score. Nass then walked to load the bases.
Cook scored on a ground out and Nordstrom scored on a Travis Cook sacrifice fly.
Metamora scored two more runs in the seventh after Fieldcrest missed on scoring opportunities in the fifth and sixth frames.
May tripled and had a run batted in while Hayden Carls and Morse each singled. Nordstrom, Landon Cook and Travis Cook each had an RBI.
McKoy Allen took the loss alter giving up six runs, six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in three innings. Landon Cook yielded two runs on five hits with three punchouts.
Prairie Central 4, IVC 1
CHILLICOTHE — Ryan Rhoda struck out 10 as Prairie Central topped Illinois Valley Central 4-1 Saturday. Rhoda scattered five hits in a 90-pitch effort for the complete-game win.
The Hawks broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with three runs. Lito Macias doubled with one out an Seth Reed reached on an error. Billy Printz followed with a base hit that drove home Macias. Peyton Rigsby plated Reed and Printz with a two-base hit to left to make it 3-0.
The Grey Ghosts scored in the bottom of the sixth but the Hawks answered in the seventh inning. Kory Livengood scored on a Macias groundout.
Rigsby had hit a two-run double while Macias contributed a run-scoring double, as well. Printz had an RBI single and Cooper Palmore also doubled.
Morton 9, Prairie Central 2
The Hawks dropped their game with Morton 9-2 as the Potters scored in each of the first five innings. Seth Reed took the loss after giving up eight runs, nine hits and a walk. He struck out two in four innings. Seth Retter fanned two, walked one and allowed a run and three hits.
Printz scored on a passed ball and Rigsby came home on a Livengood single for PC’s runs in the sixth inning.
Livengood had a run-scoring hit with Reed, Rigsby and Palmore each recording a base hit, as well.
Putnam County 8, WFC 0
GRANVILLE — Woodland-Flanagan-Cornell was unable to find home plate as Putnam County shut out the Warriors 8-0 in a Tri-County Conference game Monday.
Chandler Hillebrenner took the loss after giving up five runs, six hits and a walk.he struck out two in three innings.
WFC managed just three base hits.