Area softball from Wednesday
You win some, you lose some. That’s the way it is. For Pontiac, Tuesday was a win. On Wednesday, the Indians dropped a 14-inning heartbreaker 1-0 to U-High in Corn Belt Conference softball.
A leadoff triple and then a one-single gave the Pioneers the win about 24 hours after losing 2-1 to PTHS in Pontiac. Makaylea Sepitch got the game-winner after Lana Williams had the three-base hit.
The Indians had their chances but could not come up with the clutch hit. Regan Krause led off the second with a double and courtesy runner Rebecca Rich was on third when Jordan Weber walked, putting runners on the corners with no outs.
Madisyn Webster led off the third with a single and Emma Jacobs was hit by a pitch to give the Tribe two on with no outs. Webster was thrown out at the plate on Amanda Fox’s grounder to third.
PTHS got two on with two outs in the fourth, a leadoff single in the seventh, two on with two out in the 10th frame, a two-out double from Sydney Barnett in the 11th and a one-out single in the 14th.
Krause was in the circle for Pontiac and went the distance with little issue until the 10th inning. The Pioneers had a leadoff single and, after two outs, loaded the bases with a hit by pitch and an infield single. A strikeout ended the threat.
U-High also threatened in the 13th with a two-out single and a walk. Again, Krause got a punch out to end the threat.
Krause fanned 19, allowed seven hits and walked three in 13 1-3 innings.
Barnett had a double and three singles for the Indians (12-8). Kailey Brinkman added two hits and Krause doubled. Webster and Jacobs each singled.
EPG 2, Fieldcrest 0
EL PASO — Maegan Stone and Emma Lorton hooked up for a an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel at South Pointe Park. Stone and El Paso-Gridley prevailed 2-0 over Lorton and Fieldcrest in the Heart of Illinois Conference game.
Stone finished with eight strikeouts and allowed three hits. Lorton scattered six safeties while striking out seven.
The Titans scored their first run in the fifth inning. Morgan Ryder walked with one out and was on second when Stone doubled with two outs to drive her in.
EPG made it 2-0 in the sixth on Allie Paternoga’s home run.
Paternoga homered and doubled for the Titans (8-11, 3-6). Stone had three hits, including a double, and an RBI and Sydney Hall singled.
The Knights threatened twice but left runners on third base twice. Lexi Jochums was stranded in the second inning and Alivia Tjaden was left there in the seventh with Lorton stuck on second when the final out was recorded. Tjaden, Addie Goodrich and Kianna Klendworth each doubled for FHS.
LeRoy 8, Lexington 6
LEXINGTON — Three straight hits in the seventh inning led to two runs that proved to be the difference as LeRoy edged Lexington 8-6 in HOIC play at Keller Park.
The Panthers and Minutemen were tied at 6-6 when the visitors opened the final frame by collecting three consecutive base hits to take a 7-6 lead. A sacrifice fly followed and the lead moved to 8-6.
Lexington had taken a 4-0 lead early after scoring a run in the first inning and adding three in the second. LeRoy took a 6-4 lead in the fifth after plating four runs.
The Minutemen answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to pull even.
Raelyn Payne and Emma White each had three hits and a run batted in for Lexington. Jayden Standish and Kaitlyn Tammen each had two hits and Riley Michal and Kaitlyn Little each had one safety.
Michal took the loss after allowing 14 hits and four walks while striking out two.
DTHS 7, Coal City 3
COAL CITY — Abby Edwards had the lead when she took the ball for the first time Wednesday. The Dwight hurler gave up a pair of runs but didn’t allow anything else until late as the Trojans topped Coal City 7-3 in a nonconference game.
DTHS broke the 2-2 tie in the third inning with a pair of markers, and answered the Coalers run in the sixth with three in the seventh for the final difference.
Edwards fanned nine and walked four. Only one run was earned.
Edwards helped herself with home run. Kaitlyn Masching had a triple and single while LynnDee Hale singled twice. Morgan Zabel, Hayley Schlawbowske and Macey Rodosky each singled.