Area baseball, including El Paso-Gridley's regional win

    Pontiac suffered a 10-1 loss to Mt. Zion in the regular-season finale at The Ballpark at Williamson Field on Thursday. The Indians are scheduled to play in a wooden bat tourney at Mahomet-Seymour this weekend before embarking on postseason play at Streator on Monday.
    Mt. Zion got to Pontiac starter Jacob Duffy for six runs — all unearned — in the third inning. The Braves added a run in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth off Logan Verdun, with only one being earned.
    Duffy fanned one and Verdun had two punchouts.
    Pontiac’s run came home in the sixth inning when Verdun doubled in Garrett Gould. Verdun had a double and RBI off the bench to lead the offense. Carter Dawson collected two singles while Levi Ransom and Eric Zega also singled.
    Pontiac (5-22) was coming off a 3-2 loss to Prairie Central in a game played at Dozer Field in Peoria on Tuesday.
    Each side scored a run in the first inning and Pontiac took a 2-1 lead in the third. The Hawks got on top in the fifth with two runs.
    Ransom had three hits, including a triple, for the Indians. Tanner Walls singled twice and Eric Watson had a hit.
    Tony Krominga tok the loss after giving up three runs on four hits. He struck out three before yielding to Jakob Grieff, who pitched a scoreless sixth inning.
    Clifton Slagel went the distance for the Hawks (19-16), fanning five and giving up six hits. He also had two hits, including a double, and drove in a run. Tom Shafer and Drew Robert also doubled while Colton Strohl had a single and RBI.
    Hayden Vaughan scored the tying run in the fifth on a two-out Slagel single. Lito Macias came on as the courtesy runner for the PC pitcher. He scored the game-winner on a wild pitch with Billy Printz at the plate.
El Paso-Gridley Regional
    EL PASO — It was a home game but by the seeding, El Paso-Gridley was the visitor and an upset winner in Class 2A regional play at South Pointe Park Thursday.
    By virtue of their 7-1 win over Midwest Central, the Titans will face Eureka for the championship Saturday, weather permitting.
    EPG did not trail after taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning. A pair of Titan tallies and a run by Midwest Central in the fourth inning made it 3-1.
    A three-run sixth augmented EPG’s advantage and a run in the seventh capped the victory.
    Nathan Lavender was on with his two-hit effort. Lavender set down 12 on strikes.
    Jarrin Landrus had two hits and drove in two runs for the Titans (11-13). Kyler Edelman also had two this while Zach Johnson had a hit and RBI. Teron Fairchild and Lavender each singled.