Pontiac loses in 3A regional baseball

    Pontiac lost three baseball games in its last seven contest — all by one run. This includes Wednesday when the Indians dropped a 2-1 decision to U-High at Duffy Bass Field.
    The Pioneers advance to the championship game of the Class 3A U-High Regional after scoring the walk-off winner in the eighth inning to spoil the Tribe’s upset bid.
    Pontiac did not trail in the game until Matt Mier singled home Parker Mathieson in the eighth inning. The Indians had the lead from the fourth pitch in the game until U-High tied it in the bottom of the third inning.
    From then until the eighth inning, it was a pitching duel between Jacob Duffy and Chris Cuppini until the seventh inning, then Jack Feely came on for the Pioneers.
    Pontiac got on the board in the top of the first when leadoff hitter Jakob Grieff deposited a Cuppini offering over the fence for a 1-0 lead.
    The Indians had a chance to grab a two-run lead in the second after Tanner Walls tripled with one out. But two strikeouts ended the rally.
    The Indians opened the third with three straight singles. Grieff led it off and Carter Dawson followed with a hit to right to put runners on first and second. Garrett Gould then singled to center and Grieff tried to score. He was thrown out at the plate but PTHS still had two on with one out.
    Andrew Lee was on as the courtesy runner for Gould, the PTHS catcher. He was on second after Duffy reached on a fielder’s choice. Ben Schuler then singled to right and Lee tried to score, but was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
    U-High took advantage of Pontiac’s misfortune in the bottom of the third. Duffy gave up a single, and then a run-scoring double that tied it up.
    Pontiac appeared to have something brewing in the seventh inning after having Walls and Eric Watson walk around a strikeout. But two fielder’s choice grounders ended the threat.
    Gould opened the eighth by drawing a walk but Duffy hit into double play and Schuler grounded.
    Mathiesen then greeted reliever Lee with a triple and Mier followed with the game-winning single.
    Grieff had two hits, including his solo homer, to lead the Pontiac (9-17) offense. Gould also had two hits while Walls tripled and Dawson, Duffy, Watson and Schuler each singled as the Indians collected nine base hit.
    Duffy allowed five hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out five and threw 114 pitches. Lee made four pitches in taking the loss.