Area softball from Thursday with Pontiac, Prairie Central, Dwight and WFC
Amanda Fox threw a lot of pitches but was not scored upon, and she belted a key home run in pacing Pontiac to a 4-1 victory over Chillicothe IVC in an Illini Prairie Conference softball game at Williamson Field.
Fox threw 85 pitches in four shut out innings. She did not allow a walk and struck out seven, but the Grey Ghosts worked many counts and collected three hits off the junior left-hander.
Maddi Stark provided the first clutch hit when she doubled to right-center in the fourth inning. The smack in the gap drove in Sydney Barnett and Regan Krause with the first runs of the game.
As is the nature of Pontiac softball, Fox gave way to Krause in the fifth inning. The sophomore right-hander gave up a run in the sixth frame as the Ghosts cut the margin in half.
Fox led off the Pontiac half of the sixth with a home run to center. Two batters later, Krause also went yard with a shot to left for a 4-1 advantage.
A two-out single and then an error put two Ghosts on base but Krause ended the game by getting a grounder to third baseman Emma Jacobs.
Krause allowed a run, three hits and struck out three in three innings of relief.
The Indians (9-1, 2-0) collected just four hits but three went for extra bases. Krause homered and singled, Fox homered and Stark doubled.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Barnett fanned eight and allowed three hits in pitching Pontiac to a 16-1 win in the JV contest.
The Indians scored seven runs in the second inning to take control of the outcome. A six-run third inning followed and three in the fourth ended the game.
Madison Weber had two hits and four RBIs to lead the Indians’ offense. Alyssa Fox tripled, singled and drove in three runs. Sydney Shepherd had a hit and two RBIs while Stark, Peyton Trost and Anneke Esposito each had a hit and RBI. Rebecca Rich also had a hit and Grace Myers drove in a run.
Prairie Central 11, Unity 9
FAIRBURY — Heidi Meister drove in the go-ahead run and scored the final tally as Prairie Central edged Tolono Unity 11-9 in an Illini Prairie Conference game at PCHS. She also got the win in the circle.
The last at-bat heroics capped a rally that saw the Hawks come back from a 9-4 deficit.
Unity tagged PC starter Faith Bachtold for five runs in the first three innings, and then struck for four runs in the fourth off reliever Meister.
Prairie Central scored four runs in the bottom of the third to pull to within one, at 5-4. Bachtold had scored on a passed ball before a Meister base hit plated Jadyn Stephens. Addison Casner singled home Lindsey Hari and Meister came home on a passed ball.
The Hawks scored twice in the fourth as Bachtold drove in a run and scored on a Hari groundout. Meister led off the fifth inning with a home run and Casner doubled two batters later. Casner scored on a wild pitch as the Hawks trailed 9-8.
A walk and a single brought up Meister with one out and runners on second and third in the sixth inning. Meister singled home Stephens and Hari with the tying and go-ahead runs. She later scored on a wild pitch.
Meister gave up four runs, six hits and one walk in four innings of relief. Bachtold allowed five runs, six hits and two walks while fanning two in three frames.
Meister had three hits and four runs batted in to lead the PC offense. Casner had two hits and an RBI and Stephens collected two hits. Bachtold and Hari each had a hit and RBI.
Dwight 7, Clifton 5
CLIFTON — Dwight was forced to rally late in posting a Sangamon Valley Conference victory. The Trojans topped host Clifton Central 7-5.
The Comets led 5-2 after two innings as Macey Rodosky was tagged early. Abby Edwards came on in relief and shut Clifton down the rest of the way.
Taylor Anderson scored on a passed ball and Hayley Schlabowske on an Abby Houch base hit for a brief 2-1 advantage.
The Comets scored four runs in the second to regain the advantage.
Down but not out, Dwight got a run in the third when Kaitlyn Masching doubled to drive in Rodosky. Danielle Carlson brought in Edwards with a sacrifice fly in the fifth, leaving DTHS down 5-4.
The Trojans pushed across their winning runs in a three-run sixth. Rodosky singled with the bases loaded and two outs to give DTHS a 6-5 lead. An error allowed Edwards to score the final run.
Edwards fanned 10, walked one and gave up two hits in five innings of relief. Rodosky allowed five runs on three hits and two walks while fanning three.
Houch had two hits and an RBI while Rodosky had a hit and two RBIs. Kaitlyn Masching doubled and drove in a run. Edwards, Katy Edwards, Taylor Anderson, Schlabowske and LynnDee Hale each singled.
Marquette 7, WFC 4
SOUTH STREATOR — Woodland-Flanagan-Cornell tried to rally late but fell short as Marquette won the Tri-County County contest 7-4 at Woodland.
The Crusaders scored twice in the first inning and three times in the second in taking a 5-0 lead. Two runs in the sixth proved to be important.
WFC tried to come back in its final at bat. The Warriors had three singles before Elise Kane tripled with two outs to get on the board. Kane scored on a wild pitch but a groundout ended the game.
Emily Friese took the loss for WFC after allowing seven runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks. She struck out four. August Gillman fanned two, walked one and allowed one hit.
Kane tripled and drove in three runs while Audrey Jenkins doubled for the Warriors. Gillman, Shea Moritz, Sydnee Plesko and Kaitlin Walter each singled.