Area baseball from Friday with Pontiac, Lexington, EPG, Ridgeview contests
Pontiac collected 11 base hits and survived a brief score in the last inning to snare a 9-4 Illini Prairie Conference baseball win over host Unity Friday afternoon in a makeup contest from Monday.
Jacob Duffy made 93 pitches in going the full seven innings. He ran into trouble just once, which was the final frame when the Rockets pushed across three runs to make it a closer final. Duffy had five strikeouts while giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks. He also hit a batter.
The Indians gave the big right-hander the lead with a four-run third inning. Austin Waldschmidt started things off with a base hit and Tanner Walls walked to turn the lineup over.
Eric Watson singled through the right side to drive in Waldschmidt with the game’s first run. Garrett Gould blooped a single to load the bases and Ben Schuler walked to force in the second PTHS tally.
Watson scored on a passed ball and Jakob Grieff’s sacrifice fly brought home Gould for the 4-0 lead.
The Indians went up 6-0 with two more runs in the fourth inning. This time PTHS got going with two outs. Walls and Watson each singled and ended up scoring on a passed ball and wild pitch before Gould was plunked.
Walls singled and Watson tripled to open the sixth inning and give the Tribe a 7-1 lead. Schuler singled home Watson and then scored on Grieff’s base hit two batters later.
Watson had three hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs while scoring three. Walls also scored thrice and had two hits. Grieff had two hits and two runs batted in and Schuler had a hit and two RBIs. Gould, Waldschmidt and Logan Verdun each singled.
Lexington 8, Blue Ridge 7
LEXINGTON — It took two late-inning rallies for Lexington to claim its first Heart of Illinois Conference baseball win. Carter Little’s base hit in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the Minutemen to an 8-7 win over Blue Ridge at Keller Park.
The Knights had taken a 6-5 lead in the sixth inning but Lexington answered with a run in the bottom of the frame to make it 6-6. Tate Walcott, who had singled to get on base, scored on Will White’s base knock.
Blue Ridge scored a run in the top of the seventh to regain a slight edge. But the Minutemen did not back down. It only took three batters to get the win.
Treavor Keagle led off the last of the seventh with a home run to left on the second pitch. Jared Leake followed with a double to center on the second pitch. Little came in as a pinch-hitter and delivered a single that drove in Leake with the winning tally.
Blue Ridge scored first by plating two runs in the top of the first inning. Lexington came back with four runs and each side tallied a marker in the second. The Knights added a run in the third, making it 5-4.
Keagle had three hits, including his homer, and drove in two runs as the Minutemen (4-4) collected 13 base hits. Walcott had a triple and single and Leake doubled, singled and drove in a run. Josh Hardman also had two hits with Little, White and Tyler Grimsley each recording a hit and RBI. Andrew Olson also singled.
Walcott got the win with one inning of relief. He gave up a run on a hit and a walk. Hardman went the first six innings, yielding six runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out three.
EPG 8, GCMS 3
EL PASO — A five-run sixth inning was the difference as El Paso-Gridley topped Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 8-3 in a Heart of Illinois Conference game at South Pointe Park.
The Titans went into the last of the sixth having just given up a run that tied it at 3-3. Teron Fairchild singled to lead off the decisive sixth frame but things weren’t looking great as he stood on third and Hub Halvorsen was on second with two outs.
Kyler Edelman walked to load the bases and then things happened for EPG. Nathan Lavender singled to drive in Fairchild and Halvorsen to give the Titans a 5-3 lead. Jarrin Landrus also singled as Edelman scored.
Nolan Yochum came on as a courtesy runner for the EPG pitcher. A misplay by GCMS allowed Lavender to score and Yochum to reach third base. Yochum scored on an error that allowed Brock Starkey to reach.
The Titans took a 1-0 lead in the second inning and both sides scored twice in the third as EPG maintained the advantage.
Landrus got the win after going six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out seven. Fairchild fanned two in closing out the victory.
Fairchild had three hits, including a double, and Lavender had a double, single and two RBIs for the Titans. Starkey also had two hits and drove in a run while Halvorsen, Landrus and Drew Gilbert each had a hit and RBI.
Eureka 10, Ridgeview 1
EUREKA — Ridgeview was not able to keep Eureka in check as the Hornets scored in five of the six innings they batted in a 10-1 HOIC win.
Eureka scored a run in the first inning and did not trail the rest of the way. It was an 8-0 game before the Mustangs scored in the sixth inning.
Matthew Nunamaker walked to lead off the Ridgeview sixth and Jalen Duncan was hit by a pitch. Nunamaker took third on a wild pitch before Sean Nunamaker lofted a sacrifice fly to get in the run.
Matthew Nunamaker and Jakob Sutton had the two Ridgeview base hits.
Sean Nunamaker took the loss, giving up five runs on six hits and four walks in four innings. He struck out one. Justin Givens threw the last two innings, allowing five runs on four hits and a walk.