Pontiac Indians softball from Monday and Saturday.
Pontiac got out to a nice lead and then had to sweat it out on a cool, windy afternoon at Williamson Field. The Indians were able to persevere with a 7-4 win over Coal City in a nonconference softball contest.
It appeared that the Tribe was ready go right away as starting hurler Regan Krause struck out the side in the top of the first inning. PTHS then gave the sophomore right-hander a lead to work with by scoring a run in the home-half of the frame.
Madisyn Webster drew a one-out walk on four pitches and then scored on a double from Emma Jacobs. Jacobs was thrown out at third trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
The Indians augmented their advantage with a four-run fourth inning. Madison Weber walked with one out and Rebecca Rich reached on an error on her sacrifice bunt. Addison Masching then doubled in Weber and courtesy runner Alyssa Fox to make it 3-0.
Webster then tripled to bring in another run. She scored later to make it 5-0.
Krause retired 11 of the first 12 batters she faced, including the first six on strikeouts. The Coalers finally got to Krause for a run on a two-out double in the fifth inning. She finished with 11 strikeouts while giving up just four hits and two walks.
Amanda Fox came on in the sixth inning and Pontiac and worked out of a two-on-no-out jam. She did give up three unearned runs in the seventh. Fox recorded six punchouts and allowed three runs, two walks and two hits.
Masching led off the Pontiac sixth with a base hit, moved up on a sacrifice and scored on a Jacobs single. Jacobs came home on a Sydney Barnett double to make it 7-1.
Jacobs and Masching each had a double, single and two runs batted in for Pontiac. Barnett added a double, single and RBI and Amanda Fox had two hits. Webster tripled and drove in a run while Peyton Trost doubled and Weber singled.
RANTOUL — Pitching was the key in two of Pontiac’s three contests at Rantoul on Saturday. The Indians went 2-1 on the cool and windy day.
Pontiac opened with an 8-3 win over Champaign (Centennial) thanks to a five-run second inning.
The Tribe was looking to build on a 1-0 lead after scoring in the first inning. An error with the bases loaded and one out led to the first PTHS run in the second. Madisyn Webster doubled to drive in two more and Addison Masching scored on a groundout. Webster came home on an Amanda Fox base hit for a 6-0 lead.
Sydney Barnett allowed two Centennial runs in the third inning and one more in the fourth as the Chargers cut the deficit in half. PTHS added two insurance runs in the sixth for the win in the six-inning game.
Barnett struck out seven, walked five and yielded three runs on four hits in getting the win. Regan Krause finished up with three Ks and three walks in two innings.
Webster had two hits and four RBIs and Krause added two safeties. Emma Jacobs had a hit and two RBIs and Masching and Fox each had a hit and drove in a run. Maddi Stark had hit, as well.
Illini Prairie Conference foe St. Joseph-Ogden stymied the Pontiac offense with a two-hitter. Webster and Krause each singled for the Indians in a 4-0 loss.
Fox gave up four runs on nine hits and struck out two.
Krause tossed a one-hitter in the third game, an 8-0 win over host Rantoul. The Indians scored in each of the first three innings in giving Krause room to work.
Webster scored on a single and error to get the Indians on the board. Jacobs, who had the single that led to the first run, scored on a groundout for a 2-0 lead.
Four straight singles and a walk led to four runs in the second, and two singles and an error let two more runs score in the third for the Tribe.
Jacobs had three hits and two runs batted in for the Indians. Stark had two hits while Masching, Webster, Krause and Madison Weber each had one hit.
Krause struck out 11, walked one and gave up one hit in the circle.