Junior high softball

    Both pitchers had rocky starts but Pontiac's Makayla Metz had a smoother run, especially after the opening frame. Metz struck out 16 as the Warriors defeated host Tri-Valley 2-1 in junior high softball Thursday afternoon.
    Metz got things started for the Warriors with a single to lead off the game. Maggie Stadler came on as the courtesy runner, and scored on a bases-loaded single from Mackenzie Coates. Riley Foster, who also singled in the inning, also scored for a 2-0 lead.
    Metz, who has been virtually unhittable in the circle this week, yielded an unearned run in the bottom of the first without allowing a base knock.
    But that was it as the PJHS ace settled in despite some hiccups from her defense. Metz gave up a two-out single in the fourth and a two-out triple in the fifth inning. She gave up one more hit in the seventh.
    Pontiac managed eight base hits with Coates leading the way with two safeties and two runs batted in. Metz, Foster, Kylie Brockett, Rio Casillas, Bailee Myers and Adriann Sutton each had one base hit.
    Pontiac took one on the chin in the “B” game, falling 6-0. Stadler and Sutton each singled. Cadence helms fanned two and Haylie Moss also pitched.
Flanagan-Low Point
    FLANAGAN — Kortney Harms and Cheyenne Burns received strong offensive support in a 16-6 win over Low Point-Washburn. Harms got the win and struck out 10 in four innings. Burns fanned three in one inning.
    A five-run fifth inning ended the game for the Falcons. Flanagan scored in each of the five innings it batted.
    Burns homered, had two singles and drove in three runs to lead the Flanagan offense. Harms had three hits and three RBIs while Kendall Pitchford and Grace Zimmerman had two hits and drove in one run each. Kalynne Kindermann collected a hit and three RBIs with Abby Meyers and Morgan Dewald each driving in a run and getting a hit. Raegan Montello tripled.
    Low Point defeated Flanagan 12-6 in the “B” game. Reegan Fish, Tiffany Rustman and Carlie Mackinson each singled for the Falcons.