Area baseball from Wednesday
Pontiac got on the board first but Herscher had a quick and decisive answer in a 12-4 nonconference baseball win on the Tigers’ home field Wednesday afternoon.
The Indians (3-4) scored twice in the top of the second inning, but Herscher plated five runs in the home-half of the inning and followed up with two runs in the third and three in the fourth for a 10-3 advantage. The Tribe had scored a run in the top of the fourth and pushed across one more run in the fifth frame.
Eric Watson and Garrett Gould each scored on Ben Schuler’s two-out base hit in the second inning. Schuler drove in Payton Amm with a groundout in the fourth inning.
Carter Dawson, who reached on an error, scored on Jacob Duffy’s double in the fifth for the Tribe’s final tally.
Schuler had two hits and three runs batted in to pace the Pontiac offense. Watson also had two hits and Duffy had a two-base hit and RBI.
Tanner Walls took the loss after giving up seven runs in two-plus innings. He walked one, yielded five hits and struck out two. Jakob Grieff was tagged for three runs, four hits, two walks and fanned two in two innings of relief. Liam Pickett allowed two runs on three hits and a walk while fanning one in 1 1-3 innings. Gould made one pitch, getting a double play, for his stint.
Pontiac 15, Herscher 4
Pontiac had an eight-run inning in pushing past Herscher 15-4 in the junior varsity contest. The Tribe led 2-0 before scoring eight runs in the third for a 10-0 lead.
Isaac Nollen gave up four runs on two hits, four walks, two hit batsmen and struck out six for the win. He also belted a two-run homer.
Clay Pfeifer smacked a grand slam and Luke Fox had two hits and two RBIs. Evan Trevino and Austin Waldschmidt each had a hit and two RBIs while Nic Hendren, Trey Edinger and Kobe Fox each singled.
GCMS 7, Lexington 6
GIBSON CITY — Lexington rallied to tie the game two times but host Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley made the most of batting last in edging the Minutemen 7-6 in a Heart of Illinois Conference game.
The Falcons led 3-0 after the first inning. Lexington scored twice in the top of the third on Tate Walcott’s two-run homer, only see GCMS score twice in the bottom of the frame for a 5-2 lead.
The Minutemen put up three runs in the top of the fourth inning to knot the game at 5-5. Trevor Keagle doubled home Mitchell Sadler and Andrew Olson, and then scored when Jared Leake reached on an error to pull even.
GCMS scored a run in the last of the fourth to regain the lead.
Lexington pulled even again with a run in the top of the fifth inning. Walcott walked to lead off the inning, stole second and took third on an error. He scored on Will White’s sacrifice fly.
The Minutemen missed a chance at taking the lead later in the inning. A hit batsman and consecutive singles loaded the bases with two outs, but the runners were left stranded.
It hurt because the Falcons scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning.
White took the loss in relief, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out three. Starter Leake fanned one in two innings. He gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk.
Keagle had a double, single and drove in two runs for Lexington. Walcott homered and Olson and Josh Hardman each singled.
Dee-Mack 6, EPG 3
EL PASO — El Paso-Gridley was able to tie Dee-Mack twice but could not do it a third time as the Chiefs bumped past the Titans 6-3 in eight innings in HOIC play at South Pointe Park.
After spotting the visitors a run in the top of the first, the Titans pulled even in the last of the sixth. Jarrin Landrus doubled to drive in N Yochum, who was running for Nathan Lavender, to make it 1-1.
The Chiefs scored twice in the top of the seventh but EPG was not going away. The titans loaded the bases when Teron Fairchild, Hub Halvorsen and Ian Cavallo each walked with one out. Fairfield scored on Kevin Greene’s fielder’s choice grounder and Halvorsen scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3-3.
Dee-Mack responded with three runs without a base hit in the eighth inning and then shut out EPG for the win.
Kyler Edelman took the loss for El Paso-Gridley after giving up three runs in one-plus innings. He allowed two hits and walked two while fanning one. Drew Gilbert gave up two runs on two walks. Lavender started, going six innings and giving up one run one hit and five walks. He struck out 13.
Landrus had three hits and drove in a run for the Titans. Fairchild had the other EPG safety.
Heyworth 16, Fieldcrest 2
HEYWORTH — Fieldcrest ran into an offensive onslaught as Heyworth scored in each of the four innings it batted in a 16-2 HOIC victory.
The Hornets stung the Knights for two runs in the first inning and six more in the second. A five-spot followed with a three-run fourth ending the scoring.
Fieldcrest scored its runs in the second and fourth innings.
Ryan Naas had two hits, including a double, and Landon Cook had a hit and RBI. Hayden Carls also singled.
McKoy Allen took the loss, giving up seven runs on eight hits. He fanned one. Naas, Cook, Bryce Nordstrom and Noah Nordstrom also pitched for the Knights.