Area softball from Thursday with Prairie Central and El Paso-Gridley, and WFC-GSW

    Faith Bachtold broke a tie game with a double and then shut out El Paso-Gridley over the final three innings in leading Prairie Central to a 5-2 nonconference softball victory Thursday afternoon.
    The Titans trailed 2-0 when they came to bat in the fourth inning. Gabbie Guthrie led off with a base hit off Prairie Central starter Brianna Seeman, and then an error allowed courtesy runner Lauren Landris to advance and Allie Paternoga to reach. Both runners advanced on a groundout by Jordan Feese.
    Landris scored on a passed ball with Addison Benedict at bat. Benedict then singled on the next pitch to plate Paternoga and make it 2-2.
    PC head coach Tim McGuire made a pitching change and Bachtold induced a double play off the bat of Alexa Schramek.
    EPG’s Cheyenne Carr looked to be in good shape in the bottom of the fourth after retiring the first two Hawks. But Seeman coaxed a walk and Anna Hale singled. Bachtold then roped a double to center that plated both runners and put Prairie Central back on top, 4-2. Bachtold scored when Jadyn Stephens reached on an error.
    The Hawks got on the board in the first inning when Bachtold reached on an error to lead off the inning. A sacrifice and groundout sent Bachtold to third base. A wild pitch two batters later allowed Bachtold to score the game’s first run.
    Prairie Central scored in the second inning when Seeman walked with one out, stole second and then third before scoring on a wild pitch with Bachtold at the plate.
    Bachtold had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in two runs for the Hawks (1-1). Lindsey Hari and Hale each singled.
    Bachtold got the win in relief, going 3 2-3 innings. She struck out three and walked two. Seeman started and allowed two unearned runs, three hits and two walks while fanning three in 3 1-3 innings.
    Carr took the loss, giving up five runs, three earned, on four hits, six walks and a hit batsman. She had four strikeouts in five innings. Ashlyn Stone gave up a hit and fanned one in one inning of relief.
    Stone, Guthrie and Benedict each singled. Benedict also had a run batted in.
WFC 10, GSW 0
    SOUTH STREATOR — Elise Kane provided a bulk of the offense and Shea Moritz did the job in the circle as Woodland-Flanagan-Cornell shut out Gardner-South Wilmington 10-0 in nonconference play Thursday.
    Kane had four hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs in anchoring an offense that produced eight hits.
    Moritz was effective in the circle with 10 strikeouts while allowing just two hits and one walk.
    Moritz set the GSW side down in order in the top of the first and then Kane gave the WFC hurler all the runs that would be needed on this day. Kane homered to center on the first pitch to make it 1-0.
    The Warriors tacked on two more runs in the inning. Audrey Jenkins walked following the homer, and advanced to third on Emily Friese’s double. Jenkins stole home to make it 2-0 and Friese came in on Kylie Kindermann’s groundout.
    The Panthers ran into trouble on defense in the second innings as Abby Essman reached on a dropped third strike to open the inning. Hannah Dunahee reached on an error on a bunt and was able to reach second on the play. Kaitlyn Walter reached on a sacrifice to load the bases.
    Kane delivered a base hit that plated Essman in keeping the sacks filled. Friese doubled two batters later that drove in two runs and a Moritz groundout plated another tally for a 7-0 lead.
    Sydnee Plesko reached on an error to open the WFC third. She scored three batters later when Walter reached on an error. Walter scored on a passed ball later in the inning.
    Kane ended in the game with a run-scoring base hit that drove in Dunahee three batters deep in the fifth inning.
    Kane had four hits and three RBIs and Friese contributed two doubles and two runs batted in for the Warriors. Essman and Dunahee each singled.