Pony League play
Orange was on the verge of losing in regulation but came through with the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning, and then won the game when Ethan Schumm’s groundout drove in Andrew Rice for an 11-10 win over Braidwood.
Rice singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning and stole second. Schumm then hit a grounder that allowed Rice to score the winner.
Orange forced the extra inning after tying the game in the bottom of the seventh, which was needed after Braidwood scored three runs in the top of the inning to take a 10-9 lead. Devonte Chambers drove in Jeffrey Hamilton on a groundout to tie the game.
Braidwood got to Pontiac pitching early in taking a 5-1 lead after two innings. Orange scored three times in the fourth inning to pull to within one, at 5-4, and then took a 9-7 lead with five runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Schumm was intentionally walked in the Orange sixth to load the bases in a 7-7 game. Justin Woolford delivered with a two-run single that gave Orange a 9-7 lead.
Woolford had a hit and two RBIs while Schumm contributed a double and RBI. Kaleb Elzey also had a hit and RBI and Rice had a hit. Ashton Peacock and Chambers each drove in one run.
Rice got the win in relief. He fanned three in two innings. Ethan Isenberg started and struck out 11. Woolford had eight punchouts.
Seneca 13, Blue 11
SENECA — Blue made a nice comeback to take the lead in the seventh inning, but Seneca won it on a walk-off home run, 13-11.
The game was close throughout with Pontiac and Seneca each scoring thrice in the first inning and the home team taking a 5-4 lead after two innings. Blue gained the edge with two runs in the third and added a tally in the fourth before Seneca tied it with two runs, making it 7-7 after four innings.
Seneca scored three runs in the sixth but Blue plated four in the top of the seventh. The winning homer came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Brayden Livingston took the loss in relief. He struck out eight. Jack Bertsche started and fanned four.
Ty Jensen had two triples and drove in five runs for Pontiac. Nolan Verdun had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs and Bertsche collected two safeties. Livingston had a hit and RBI and Tate Hendershott singled. Corey Gesell drove in two runs and Sam Kelly had an RBI.