Area baseball from Thursday
It was easier for Dwight to defeat Watseka Thursday than it was two days before as the Trojans swept the Warriors in Sangamon Valley Conference baseball.
DTHS powered to a 14-4 win on Thursday after eking out a one-run win Tuesday.
The Warriors tagged Dwight starter Logan Graham for four runs in the first inning. Only two were earned but Dwight still trailed 4-0 before getting a chance to bat.
Getting that chance to hit was what the Trojans needed. They scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and then plated four more in the second to take control of their destiny.
A strong wind out of the west wreaked havoc on the defenses, but it was Dwight taking greater advantage. A three-run third moved the lead to 11-4 and a three-run fifth ended the game.
Graham went the five innings, allowing four runs and nine hits. He struck out seven.
Graham helped himself at the plate with a triple and two singles while driving in a run and scoring four times. Wesley Pulver contributed three hits, two RBIs and scored four runs. DJ Branz had three hits, including a two-bagger, and drove in four runs while Bubba Schultz had two hits and two RBIs. Blake Graham collected a double, single and scored twice as Dwight moved to 4-2 in league play and 6-9 overall. Hayden Tjelle added a hit and two runs batted in with Colton Holm getting a hit and RBI and Alex Pampinella driving in a run.
EPG 21, Hartem 0
BLOOMINGTON — El Paso-Gridley made the most of its opportunity of playing at Jack Horenberger Field at Illinois Wesleyan by routing Hartsburg-Emden 21-0.
Nathan Lavender had two hits in the first inning as the Titans plated nine runs for a 9-0 lead. EPG added three runs in the second inning, four in the third and five in the fourth frame.
Kevin Greene had three hits on the afternoon, driving in two runs and scoring twice from the top of the order for EPG. Lavender had singled then tripled in the first and had three RBIs for the game while scoring twice. Drew Edelman doubled, singled, drove in a run and scored three times. Carson Hoffman had wild deuces with two hits, two runs and two RBIs. Brock Starkey had two hits and scored twice and Zach Johnson had two hits and an RBI. Kyler Edelman doubled and drove in three runs while Ian Cavallo singled and had three RBIs. He also walked three times. Nolan Yochum and Drew Gilbert each drove in a run.
Trevor Neal allowed just two hits, walked four and fanned six in five innings.
Peoria Christian 10, WFC 4
SOUTH STREATOR — Woodland-Flanagan-Cornell had a short-lived lead before Peoria Christian scored in each of the final four innings for a 10-4 Tri-County Conference victory.
WFC spotted the Chargers a two-run lead in the first inning, but got on the board in the second and took a 3-2 lead in the third. The Chargers then evened it up wit ha run in the fourth inning and scored twice in the fifth to take the lead for good.
Allan Rose took the loss, allowing five earned runs in five innings while giving up seven hits and four walks. He set down four on strikes.
Collin Hjerpe homered, singled, drove in a run and scored twice. Kyle Voytko had two hits and two RBIs and Chandler Hillebrenner doubled for the Warriors (3-9, 2-6).
OTTAWA — A nine-run inning propelled Pontiac to a 15-3 win over host Ottawa Marquette in frosh-soph baseball.
The Indians scored in each of the five inning they batted. They led 2-0 after the first frame and blew it open in the second. Single runs in the third and fourth innings were followed by a two-run fifth.
Eric Watson had four hits and four runs batted in to lead the Pontiac offense. Isaac Nollen collected three hits while Colton Clesson had two hits and two RBIs. Luke Fox and Carter Dawson each had two hits and an RBI. Nic Hendren tripled and drove in three runs while Kobe Fox singled.
Dawson got the win, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out two in four innings. Watson gave up a run on three hits and a walk in one inning.