Pontiac baseball from Monday

    An error in the sixth inning led to an unearned run that proved to be the difference as Pontiac dropped a tough, 4-3 decision to Bloomington in a nonconference baseball game at The Ballpark at Williamson Field on Monday.
    Jacob Duffy had delivered a key two-base hit that drove in Garrett Gould and Carter Dawson to tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth. Gould had singled to lead off the inning. He moved up to second on Ben Schuler’s sacrifice. Dawson drew a walk.
    Jakob Grieff struck out before Duffy smashed a 2-0 offering deep to the fence in left-center field, scoring Gould and Dawson.
    A bloop single by Djabril Thiam opened the Purple Raiders’ sixth off reliever Logan Verdun. Thiam advanced to third on a sacrifice and a groundout before Keeton Upton came to bat. Upton’s grounder to third was misplayed by Dawson and Thiam scored what proved to be the winning run.
    Tanner Walls started on the bump for Pontiac and got to an inauspicious start by walking the first two batters of the game. A passed ball allowed both runners to advance, putting them on second and third.
    A groundout brought in the first run of the game and, after a walk, another groundout plated the second tally for a 2-0 Bloomington lead.
    The Indians responded in the bottom of the first with a run. Gould led off with a walk from BHS starter Upton. Gould took second on a miscue by Upton before striking out Schuler. Gould took third on a passed ball and scored on Dawson’s sacrifice fly.
    Another unearned run in the top of the fifth inning gave Bloomington a 3-1 lead.
    Verdun took the loss despite not allowing an earned run on two innings of relief. He struck out two while giving up one hit and two walks. Walls started and was able to avoid serious trouble despite walking seven in five innings. He gave up one hit and three runs (one earned) while striking out seven.
    Duffy had a double, single and two runs batted in for the Indians (3-3). Gould, Grieff, Walls and Eric Watson each singled. Dawson also had a run batted in.
    FROSH-SOPH: Pontiac scored early and held the advantage the rest of the way in a 10-3 victory over Central Catholic in a freshman-sophomore game at Jaycee Park.
    PTHS scored twice in the first inning and added a run in the bottom of the the third for a 3-0 lead. BCC got on the board in the fourth only to allow another run to the Indians in the bottom of the frame.
    The Saints scored twice in the fifth but the Tribe tallied five markers in its turn at bat. A run in the sixth completed the scoring.
    Jacob Bressner got the win after fanning four in four innings. Aaron Adcock struck out five in three innings of relief.
    Kaden Thomas had three hits to lead the Pontiac offense. Adcock had a double, single and run batted in and Clayton Haase had two hits and an RBI. Skyler Gibson had a hit and drove in two runs while George Smith had a hit and RBI.