Pontiac softball wins at home

   Pontiac’s approach at playing small ball to begin the game worked in helping Regan Krause settle in the circle. The combination allowed for a 10-0 victory over Fieldcrest in a nonconference softball contest Wednesday afternoon at Williamson Field.
    “We’ve talking that small ball can win you games,” PTHS head coach Nicole Hayner said. “Not that we would start that way every game but you do what you’ve got to do to get a run across and go from there.”
    Freshman Addison Masching led off with a walk in the bottom of the first inning and was on second after senior Madisyn Webster also drew a free pass. Emma Jacobs got down the sacrifice to move the runners up and Amanda Fox grounded out to second that drove in Masching with what proved to be the winning run.
    “She’s said from the get go, ‘If I get on, I’m going to get in,’” Hayner said of Masching. “Knowing she has seniors behind her that will get the job done.”
    “They definitely got the momentum and to kept going their way,” FHS head coach Elizabeth Kay said. “I thought we had some plays we could have made but didn’t.”
    It was a rocky beginning Krause when she walked two batters in the first inning and Alaina Tjaden hit hard smash that Masching scooped up at short to open the second.
    A Masching error allowed Jaycie Sullivan to reach, and then Krause found a groove. She set down six straight Knights on strikes to close out the second and breeze through the third innings before opening the fourth with the final punch out.
    “That’s good for her,” Hayner said of Krause. “As a pitcher you’re always going to have something that’s not working but you always have something can go to, and I think that’s what she corrected today.”
    In the meantime, Pontiac’s bats were beginning to get rolling off FHS hurler Emma Lorton.
    Masching took a pitch off the left elbow to lead off the third inning. Webster followed with a sacrifice but reached when Lorton tried to get Masching was caught between second and third.
    Masching made it to third safely and Webster advanced to second. A wild pitch scored Masching and Jacobs drew a walk, putting runners on the corners. Jacobs stole second and Webster and Jacobs each scored on Sydney Barnett’s one-out base hit to make it 4-0.
    Alyssa Fox singled with one out in the fourth inning and was on third when Webster drew a walk and kept running to second base. Fox scored on the throw to second base. Webster came in a Jacobs base hit.
    Barnett and Krause stroked back-to-back triples in the fifth inning for a 7-0 lead, and the Indians walked the game off in the sixth inning.
    Webster walked to lead off the frame. She stole second and scored on a Jacobs’ single to right. Amanda Fox then drilled a Alivia Tjaden offering over the fence in center to end the game.
    “It took the whole team to get the win,” Hayner said. “Whether it was a courtesy runner or a quick at bat or defensively, everyone played well.”
    Barnett had two hits, including a triple, and two runs batted in while Amanda Fox homered and had three RBIs. Krause tripled in a run and Jacobs had a hit and RBI. Webster and Alyssa Fox each singled.
    Krause struck out 10, walked two and allowed just a fourth-inning single in picking up the win. Amanda Fox threw the sixth inning, giving up a walk and striking out one.
    “We improved from our first game with Dwight,” Kay said. “We’re having more quality at bats and that’s something that I think will improve game by game.”
    The Knights (0-2) managed just a single from Alivia Tjaden but drew three walks on the day. Lorton struck out seven, walked six and gave up five hits in five innings. Alivia Tjaden faced just three batters, walking one, giving up a single and a home run.