Area baseball from Thursday, including Pontiac, Prairie Central, Dwight and WFC

    Ryan Rhoda is becoming an ace of aces. The Prairie Central hurler tossed a two-hit shutout Thursday as the Hawks claimed a 10-0 victory over Tolono Unity in an Illini Prairie Conference baseball game at PCHS.
    Rhoda needed just 57 pitches to go through the 18 Rockets he faced. He walked one and scattered two hits while setting down seven on strikes. The walk came in the third inning after Rhoda had set down the first seven Unity batters of the game.
    The only trouble Rhoda faced was in the fifth when Unity recorded its two hits, putting runners on first and second with one out. A pop fly and a strikeout ended the inning.
    The Hawks provided plenty of offense in support of Rhoda, particularly late. Prairie Central got on the board with a run in the second inning. Rhoda got the run in with a sacrifice fly that plated Seth Reed.
    Peyton Rigsby opened a five-run fourth with a home run. Reed followed with a double. Billy Printz singled with two outs and the bases loaded to cap the rally.
    Rhoda had a two-run single in the fifth frame and Lito Macias ended the game with a base hit that drove in two runs and make it 10-0.
    Reed led Prairie Central’s nine-hit attack with three safeties, including a two-bagger. Macias had two hits and two RBIs and Rhoda had a hit and three runs batted in. Billy Printz had a hit and two RBIs while Rigsby homered and Bryson Musser singled.
IVC 5, Pontiac 3
    Logan Verdun did not allow an earned run but the two tallies charged to the Pontiac left-hander proved to the winners for Chillicothe IVC as the Grey Ghosts edged the Indians 5-3 in an Illini Prairie Conference game at The Ballpark at Williamson Field.
    Verdun walked three and struck out two but allowed just one hit in two innings of relief. Those two runs were yielded in the fifth inning as IVC broke a 2-2 tie.
    Carter Dawson got the start for the Tribe, going 3 1-3 innings while being as effective and unfortunate as Verdun. Dawson fanned three but walked two and gave up a hit while allowing two unearned runs in the third inning.
    Liam Pickett was charged with two hits, a walk and an earned run in getting the Indians out of the sixth inning. He struck out one. Ben Schuler threw an uneventful seventh inning.
    The Indians got on the board in the first inning when Jacob Duffy’s fly to center was misplayed, allowing Garrett Gould, who led off the inning with a base hit, to score.
    Down 2-1, Pontiac pulled even in the fourth inning. Evan Trevino the courtesy runner for Verdun, scored on a Tanner Walls sacrifice fly. Verdun opened the inning with a base hit.
    Duffy went yard in the bottom of the sixth inning with one out for the final tally. Duffy had two hits, including his roundtripper, while Verdun, Gould and Luke Fox each singled.
    JUNIOR VARSITY: Pontiac broke a tie game with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 9-6 decision over IVC in the junior varsity game at Jaycee Park.
    The Indians took a 4-0 lead after a pair of two-run frames to open the game. IVC led 4-2 after three and matched Pontiac’s fourth-inning tally with a run in the top of the fifth. PTHS answered with four in the last of the fifth inning to regain the advantage.
    Gavin Bauknecht had a double and drove in three runs for Pontiac. Kobe Fox doubled and Clay Pfeifer singled and had two RBIs. Payton Amm and Trey Edinger each singled. Eric Watson walked four times and scored three runs.
    Pfeifer got the win in relief, allowing two runs on two walks and six hits in three innings. Watson started, giving up six hits and four runs and a walk.
Marquette 12, WFC 1
    SOUTH STREATOR — Marquette struck for three runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to a 12-1 Tri-County Conference win over Woodland-Flanagan-Cornell at Woodland.
    The Warriors got their run in the bottom of the first inning. Collin Hjerpe walked with one out and moved into scoring position on Chandler Hillebrenner’s two-out base hit. Clayton Sibert followed with a base hit that plated Hjerpe.
    WFC managed just three more hits the rest of the game.
    Marquette padded its lead in the third inning with two runs and added two more in the fourth. A five-run fifth helped end the game after five frames.
    Sibert had a hit and RBI while Hjerpe, Hillebrenner, Tyler Jenkins, Cody Dodge and Brad Simpson each singled.
    Hillebrenner took the loss, giving up 11 runs on 12 hits and two walks. Only five were earned. Jenkins finished up, yielding a hit and unearned run while striking out one.
Clifton 18, Dwight 0
    CLIFTON — Dwight managed just two base hits in dropping an 18-0 decision to Clifton Central in a Sangamon Valley Conference tilt.
    Bubba Schultz and Mason Tjelle had the two Dwight base knocks.
    The Comets burned DTHS starter Carson Crouch for 10 runs in the first inning. Crouch gave up seven hits and walked three in just two-thirds of an inning. Cade Enerson struck out two and gave up six runs and Andrew Myzia struck out three and allowed two runs in relief.