Area softball from Friday

    Pontiac let one game get away and ended the first day of the Washington Invitational softball tournament with a 1-1 mark Friday.
    The Indians shut out LaSalle-Peru 7-0 as Regan Krause tossed a one-hitter. She received offensive support as PTHS scored in each of the five innings it batted. All of the games were five-inning contests.
    Two runs in the top of the first gave Krause a lead before she got to the circle. Pontiac padded its lead with single runs in the second and third innings and two runs in the fourth. A run in the fifth completed the scoring.
    Amanda Fox had a double and single with two runs batted in while Sydney Barnett contributed a pair of hits, including a double. Kailey Brinkman and Jordan Weber each had two hits and drove in a run while Emma Jacobs had a two-base hit and RBI. Haley Rice collected a single and RBI while Krause and Charlotte Somodi each singled.
    Krause struck out six and walked three in her one-hit shutout effort.
    Fox did not have the run support in Pontiac’s game with Geneseo, and the left-hander gave up two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Indians let this one get away. The Maple Leafs won 3-2.
    Fox’s troubles came quickly in the fifth as she tried to nurse a 2-1 lead. She gave up a single, hit a batter, induced a fielder’s choice ground out, a run-scoring single, a walk and then an error let the winning run score.
    Pontiac had taken a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning with two runs. Jacobs walked to lead off the inning and Brinkman smacked a two-base hit to put runners on second and third. Maddi Stark came on as the courtesy runner for Brinkman and Krause followed one out later with a two-base hit that drove Jacobs and Stark home with the tying and go-ahead runs.
    Krause had two hits and two RBIs while Barnett, Brinkman and Madisyn Webster each had one hit.
    Fox gave up two earned runs in 4 1-3 innings. She allowed eight hits and two walks while striking out two.
Fieldcrest 7, GCMS 0
    MINONK — Emma Lorton had her “A” game in the circle Friday with a two-hit shutout as Fieldcrest blanked Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 7-0 in Heart of Illinois Conference softball at Veterans Park.
    Lorton only walked one and fanned 11 for the win.
    Lexi Jochums got the Knights on the board with a home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Emma Fortner singled with two outs and scored when Alaina Tjaden followed with a two-base hit for a 2-0 lead.
    Alivia Tjaden reached on an error in the fourth that allowed Alaina Tjaden to score to make it 3-0.
    A four-run fifth completed the scoring. Jochums led the inning off with a double, Addie Goodrich reached on an error and Fortner singled both home one out later. Fortner scored on Alaina Tjaden’s base hit, and Tjaden scored on Alivia Tjaden’s single.
    Alaina Tjaden had three hits, including a two-bagger, and two RBIs. Jochums had a homer, double and RBI. Fortner had two hits and drove in two runs and Alivia Tjaden doubled and had two RBIs.
Heyworth 5, Lexington 2
    LEXINGTON — There just wasn’t enough help for Riley Michal as Lexington dropped a 5-2 HOIC decision to Heyworth at Keller Park.
    Michal had her own issues, giving up a double in each of the first three innings as the Hornets built a 4-1 lead. She allowed 11 base hits for the game and the Minutemen simply could not keep up.
    After spotting Heyworth a run in the first inning, Lexington got on the board when Sydney Kunkel grounded out that allowed Raelyn Payne to score. Payne had led off the inning with a two-base hit.
    Kunkel also drove in the second run for the Minutemen when she homered to lead off the sixth inning. Kunkel had one hit and two RBIs to lead the Lexington offense.
    Payne and Emma White each doubled while Jayden Standish and Carlee Lype each singled.
    For her effort, Michal walked just three and struck out four.