Area baseball from Monday

    An unearned run in the bottom of the ninth inning spoiled an impressive comeback by Pontiac against host Mahomet-Seymour Monday afternoon. The Indians lost 6-5 to the Bulldogs in the Corn Belt Conference contest.
    The Indians took a 2-0 lead with two markers in the third inning only to allow Mahomet to scored three times in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. PTHS tied it in the fifth with a run, but the Bulldogs scored two times in the inning for a 5-3 lead, which was held heading into the seventh inning.
    Pontiac came up with one last chance to at least tie in regulation. Ben Schuler led off with a single and Andrew Lee was plunked by a pitch, forcing a Mahomet pitching change.
    A passed ball allowed both runners to move into scoring position and Tanner Walls did his part with a two-base hit that drove Schuler and Lee to tie it at 5-5 with no outs.
    But Pontiac’s good fortune seemed to end there. The Tribe had a shot to take the lead with Walls on second and no outs, but Seth Mehrkens lined out to left, Logan Verdun went down swinging and Eric Zega grounded out to let the Bulldogs off the hook.
    PTHS hurler Tony Krominga walked the leadoff batter in the last of the seventh but he got the next three batters to get out of trouble.
    After each side went three-up, three-down in the eighth — Krominga struck out the side in the inning — Pontiac offered itself a scoring chance in the ninth. Lee singled with one out and Walls walked, but a fly out and a strikeout ended the threat.
    Verdun came on in relief of Krominga to start the ninth and got the first batter. But a walk and an error got the Indians in trouble. An intentional walk loaded the bases and a wild pitch allowed the winning run to score.
    Schuler singled home Levi Ransom for Pontiac’s first run in the game. Walls was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in Jacob Duffy.
    Duffy scored the tying run in the fifth inning when he crossed the plate after Mehrkens singled to left.
    Lee and Mehrkens each had two hits and a run batted in while Schuler singled twice. Walls doubled and drove in three runs with Ransom, Krominga and Verdun each contributing a single.
    Verdun took the loss. Krominga went the first eight innings, allowing five runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked five.
Fieldcrest 12, WFC 5
    SOUTH STREATOR — Fieldcrest scored two runs in an inning six times in outslugging Woodland-Flanagan-Cornell in a nonconference contest Monday at WFC.
    The Knights plated two runs in the first inning and led the rest of the way. FHS did not score in the second but then pushed across two markers in each of the final five frames.
    The Warriors scored three times in the third to make it 4-3 at the time, and scored twice in the sixth.
    Fieldcrest outhit WFC 16-11 in the game. Derek May went yard and had two other base hits and a pair of RBIs to lead the Knights at the plate. Eric Naas had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs and Michael Morse had three hits and scored three times.
    Josh Keller got the win for the Knights after going five innings and allowing three runs on eight hits and three walks. He fanned seven. Naas cleaned up, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk.
    Kyle Voytko took the loss for the Warriors, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks. He struck out two. Mason Ewing allowed four runs in relief and Corey Hill gave up two runs.
    Collin Hjerpe had three hits and scored twice for WFC.. Allan Rose and Chandler Hillebrenner each had a double, single and two RBIs.
Fisher 4, Lexington 1
    FISHER — Lexington managed just two hits as the Minutemen failed to support pitchers Jayden Jones and Koletin Hippen in a 4-1 loss to host Fisher in Heart of Illinois Conference play Monday.
    The Minutemen scored their run in the top of the third but the Bunnies bounced back with a run in the bottom of the inning and then hopped in front with three runs in the fourth.
    Adam Baillie and Ray McLeese each singled for the two Lexington safeties.
    Jones took the loss after yielding four runs in 3 2-3 innings. He struck out two. Hippen finished up by allowing nothing and striking out two.
Tremont 14, EPG 3
    EL PASO — Tremont overcame a one-run deficit with two big-scoring late innings in routing El Paso-Gridley 14-3 in HOIC play at South Pointe Park.
    The Turks wounded the Titans with a five-run fifth inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 lead. It was 7-3 when Tremont poured salt in that wound with a seven-run seventh inning to put the game away.
    Zach Johnson and Drew Edelman each had two hits while Nathan Lavender and Trevor Neal each had a two-base hit for the Titans. Kevin Greene, Brock Starkey and Teron Fairchild each singled.
    Lavender took the loss after giving up five runs in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out 11. Edelman gave up nine runs and Drew Gilbert finished up.
GSW 10, Dwight 3
    GARDNER — Braden Marks struck out seven Trojans as the Dwight dropped a 10-3 decision to arch-rival Gardner-South Wilmington in nonconference play Monday.
    Marks allowed five hits and two runs for the Panthers in six innings. DJ Branz took the loss for the Trojans. He gave up five runs on just two hits but walked three and fanned three. Hayden Tjelle gave up four runs after facing just four batters, and Coltom Holm struck out one and allowed a run in finishing up.
    Each side scored a run in the first inning and GSW took control with two runs in the third and six markers in the fifth inning. DTHS scored single runs in each of the final two innings.
    Bubba Schultz had two hits and drove in a run. Blake Graham had a triple and Logan Graham singled and had an RBI.