Area softball with Pontiac, Prairie Central-Lexington and EPG

    One inning doomed Pontiac as the Indians dropped a 3-2 nonconference softball decision to host Normal West at Maxwell Park on Wednesday.
    The Wildcats scored all three of their runs in the third inning, overcoming a two-run deficit in the process.
    That one inning was the only real issue for PTHS hurler Amanda Fox. The junior left-hander gave up three straight hits after an error opened the West third inning. The big hit was a two-run double that put the Wildcats ahead.
    Fox settled in and retired the next three batters to get out of the inning. West managed a two-out single in the fourth inning, a one-double in the fifth and retired the side in order in the sixth.
    Fox allowed six hits and one walk in going the distance. She also struck out seven but got little offensive support.
    Pontiac had trouble making good contact off West hurler Bailey Turner. The Indians only struck out twice, but managed just four hits and did not draw a walk.
    The Indians did get on the board first with a run in the first inning. Madisyn Webster doubled with one out to get in scoring position. Emma Jacobs singled to right and Webster when the ball was misplayed.
    Fox helped herself in the third inning by stroking a two-out double that played Webster, who had singled right before.
    But that was all Pontiac could muster as Turner set down 12 Indians in a row before hitting Regan Krause with a pitch with two outs in the seventh.
    Webster had a double and single to lead the Pontiac offense. Fox contributed a two-base hit and run batted in, and Jacobs singled.
Prairie Central 9, Lexington 3
    LEXINGTON — Prairie Central scored in each of the first five innings en route to a 9-3 win over Lexington in a nonconference tilt Tuesday at Keller Park.
    The Hawks pushed across three runs in the first inning to give hurler Faith Bachtold the lead before she took the ball.
    Brianna Seeman got things started with one out when she singled. Amber Graf and Lindsey Hari followed with base hits and Addison Casner drew a walk to force home Seeman with the first run of the game.
    Jadyn Stephens also coaxed a free pass that drove in Graf and Heidi Meister reached on an error that allowed Hari to cross the plate for a 3-0 lead.
    Seeman made it 4-0 in the second with a home run.
    Casner led off the third inning with a base hit and scored two batters later when Meister doubled to center. Paige Pollman singled in Meister for a 6-0 Prairie Central lead.
    Graf reached on a fielder’s choice in the fourth inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Stephens.
    Kate Winterland led off the fifth frame with a base hit and scored on a Lexington error three batters later.
    Lexington’s three-run sixth inning cut the margin to 8-3, but Graf stole home on a double steal in the seventh for the final tally. PC got the run without putting the ball in play in the inning.
    That three-run sixth inning for the Minutemen provided a little life. It came with two outs. Kaitlyn Tammen walked with one out and Dani Palmer and Kaleigh Laesch each walked to load the bases with two outs.
    Jocelyn Beoletto singled home Tammen and Raelyn Payne followed with a two-base hit that drove in Grace Michel and Lily Woith.
    Seeman had three hits, including her homer, and drove in a run for the Hawks. Casner contributed two hits and a run batted in while Meister had a double and two RBIs. Pollman and Graf had a hit and RBI apiece with Bachtold and Winterland each getting a base hit. Stephens drove in two runs.
    Bachtold got the win after giving up three runs, three hits and five walks. She struck out four before giving way to Meister, who allowed three hits in the last 1 1-3 innings.
    Maddie Underhill took the loss for Lexington after allowing eight runs, 10 hits and four walks to go with three punchouts. Hannah Crouch gave up a hit, a run and three walks while striking out four.
    Payne led the Minutemen with a double, single and two runs batted in. Kaitlyn Little had two hits and Jayden Standish doubled. Beoletto singled in a run.
Fisher 7, EPG 2
    EL PASO — Fisher got to El Paso-Gridley starter Ashlyn Stone for three runs in the third inning and the Bunnies were able to hop their way to a 7-2 Heart of Illinois Conference victory Wednesday at South Pointe Park.
    Fisher scored a run in the second inning and added three in the third for a 4-0 lead.
    The Titans responded with two runs in the bottom of the third, but that was it as the Titans struck out 11 times for the game.
    Stone fanned two and walked one while giving up eight hits in the circle for EPG. Stone also had two hits at the plate. Kayla Rote had a hit and drove in a run.