When the fifth inning was completed, things were looking a bit bleak for Pontiac’s softball team. It appeared that someone was finally going to hit back one of the Tribe’s hurling heroes.
But alas, this PTHS team has been feeling the mojo and is riding a wave that continues. The Indians overcame a two-run deficit in the sixth inning and held on for a 4-3 win over Coal City in a nonconference game Thursday afternoon.
The Coalers got to Amanda Fox for three runs through four innings. The last two came in the bottom of the fourth and broke a 1-1 tie. Pontiac had tied it at 1-1 in the top of the frame.
Fox, who did not allow an earned run in the game, and retired seven straight before a one-out single in the seventh, got out of a two-on, two-out jam in the final inning with a strikeout. She struck out six for the game.
Pinch-hitting for Charlotte Somodi, Kate Roberts led off Pontiac’s sixth inning by getting hit by a pitch. Somodi came back to run for Roberts and moved up on a sacrifice from Haley Rice. Madisyn Webster then walked and Sydney Barnett reached on an error to load the bases.
Emma Jacobs delivered with a base hit that plated Somodi and Webster to tie the game at 3-3. Barnett also scored on an error on the play with the go-ahead tally.
Jacobs had two hits and two runs batted in while Webster also had two hits for the Indians (22-9). Rice had a hit and RBI while Fox, Aysha Willis and Jordan Weber each singled.
Pontiac is scheduled to face Prairie Central today in Fairbury with a chance at tying for the Corn Belt Conference title. Win will give the Indians a 10-2 record, matching Central Catholic for the top spot.