Area baseball with PC and Pontiac playing in Peoria and Lexington at Cornerstone

    Prairie Central bounced back from a tough loss Monday to batter Pontiac 13-8 Wednesday evening at Dozer Park.
    The Hawks lost their shot at the Illini Prairie Conference championship with their one-run loss to Monticello. PC didn’t let Pontiac hang around in this game.
    Prairie Central got on the board in the first inning when Peyton Rigsby singled home Lito Macias. The Hawks then erupted for 10 runs in the second.
    Bryson Musser led off the PC second with a single and Cooper Palmore followed with a hit. A fielder’s choice drove in a run.
    Eddie Shumaker singled and Macias walked to load the bases. Carter Nowak and Billy Printz each singled to drive in runs, and Rigsby reached on an error as another run scored for PC. Seth Reed walked to load the bases.
    Musser got his second hit of the inning that plated Printz and Rigsby and walks to Palmore and Kory Livengood forced in another tally. Macias singled in two runs with two outs that made it 11-0.
    Pontiac scored twice in the bottom of the inning on a base-loaded single from Eric Watson and a Garrett Gould beaning.
    Two unearned runs for Prairie Central in the fourth inning made it 13-2. Pontiac responded with six runs in its turn at bat.
    Watson doubled in Austin Einhaus with two outs and Carter Dawson drove in two runs with a base hit. Ben Schuler had a two-run double and scored on Logan Verdun’s two-base hit.
    Macias and Rigsby combined for three scoreless inning of relief to close out the win. Macias struck out two before Rigsby fanned four. Starter Printz struck out two, walked five and gave up seven hits and eight runs in four innings for the win.
    Gould took the loss, allowing 10 runs on seven hits and three walks. Schuler fanned three and allowed three runs and Jakob Grieff struck out two in three innings of relief.
    Each starter in the Prairie Central lineup scored at least one run and all but one recorded a base hit. Musser had two doubles, two singles and two RBIs. Macias had a double, single and two runs batted in while Printz had two hits and an RBI and Palmore had two hits. Nowak and Livengood each had a hit and two RBIs and Shumaker had a base knock.
    Grieff had three hits and Watson collected a double, single and two runs batted in for the Indians. Schuler doubled and drove in two runs and Dawson had a hit and two RBIs. Verdun had a double and RBI.
Lexington 14, Cornerstone 3
    BLOOMINGTON — Lexington got off to a fast start and rolled with it to a 14-3 win over host Cornerstone Christian Academy in a nonconference baseball game Wednesday.
    The Minutemen scored five runs in the top of the first to give starting pitcher Will White a lead before he took the ball.
    It was White who drove in the first Lexington run when his single plated Tyler Grimsley. Josh Hardman scored on a groundout and Tate Walcott belted a two-run homer. Jared Leake scored on an error later in the inning.
    The Minutemen padded the lead with four runs in the second inning. They all came with two outs. Hardman doubled and scored on an error. White, who reached on the miscue, scored on Trevor Keagle’s two-base hit.
    Walcott added a run-scoring two-bagger and Leake singled Walcott home for a 9-0 lead.
    Three runs in the third followed. Andrew Olson had a run-scoring single and Keagle tripled in two runs for a 12-0 advantage. Leake tripled home two more runs in the fifth inning.
    Leake had three hits, including a triple, and drove in three runs for the Minutemen. Keagle had a triple, double and four runs batted in and Walcott homered and doubled while collecting three RBIs. Grimsley, White and Mitchell Sadler each had two hits, White had a hit and RBI, Hardman doubled and Colby Lainhart singled.
    White went the first four innings, yielding two runs on six hits and struck out two. Leake finished up, giving up a run on three hits and a walk while fanning one in his inning on the bump.