Mitch Carr settled down after giving up five runs in the first three innings and set down 13 of the final 14 batters he faced, including an inning double play in the sixth, and Monticello rallied past Pontiac 9-5 in Illini Prairie boys baseball action Thursday night at Monticello High School.
The Indians scored the games first five runs but the second time through the order proved to be the difference as Monticello tacked on four runs in the third inning then took the lead in the fifth and added three insurance runs in the sixth.
Jeff Wileaver finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a pair of runs, and a run driven to pace the Monticello offense. Luke Stokowski added a double and a run finishing 2-for-3.
Brett Macak scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning on an Andrew Ellison sacrifice fly RBI. Macak finished 2-for-3, hitting in the sixth spot in the order, generally filled by his big brother Brody, who sat with a sore knee.
The Sages were without juniors Brody Macak (knee) and Owen Trybom and senior Alex Marquardt (finger, hip) because of injury, featuring four sophomores in the lineup.
Carr went 6 2/3 innings allowing five runs, eight hits and struck out seven.
Stokowski worked around a walk, hit batter and struck out Jacob Grieff to end the game.
Monticello is 19-2 overall and 6-1 in Illini Prairie Conference action.
The Indians are 4-10 overall. Thursday’s game was their third Illini Prairie matchup this week with another Friday afternoon.
Hear Monticello boys baseball action next Friday at Warrensburg-Latham on 95.9 FM WEZC and online dewittdailynews.com.
Bailey Coffman struck out 15 batters across seven innings pacing Bloomington Central Catholic past Monticello 6-3 in Illini Praire Conference girls softball action from Monticello High School Thursday.
The Lady Saints scored three runs in the first inning, but the Lady Sages cut it to 3-2 in the fourth inning when Miranda Vogel just missed a home run that caromed off the fence lining and back in play in center field for an RBI triple but the Lady Saints pulled away with a pair of runs in the sixth.
Hannah Oberheim was 1-for-3 with a run. Delaney Hilderbrandt and Taylor Wunderlich also scored for the Lady Sages. Vogel reached base three times with an RBI.
The Lady Saints improve to 16-3 on the season and Monticello is 10-6 and is now 2-3 in the Illini Prairie.
Alek Bundy’s bases-clearing double to cap a five-run second inning proved to be the difference as Monticello downed Maroa-Forsyth 7-3 in non-conference boys baseball action Monday afternoon from Monticello High School.
Owen Trybom, Cam Wittig, and Brett Macak started the inning by reaching base. Trybom scored on Macak’s single and Asher Bradd walked to load the bases and Bundy cleared them by floating a fly ball into right-center field for the final scoring of the afternoon for Monticello.
Bundy would finish the afternoon reaching base four times, including two times being hit by a pitch. He scored two runs and stole two bases.
Mitch Carr drove in two runs in the first inning with a double. He finished 2-for-4.
Wittig got the win on the mount working in and out of trouble over five innings, allowing one earned run with four strikeouts and issued two walks.
Andrew Rudolph allowed a run in the sixth and Luke Stokowski closed the door in the seventh with a clean inning.
The Trojans were led by Drew Hicks’ 2-for-4 afternoon. He scored a run, drove in a run and stole a base.
Logan Shephard and Aaron Agee each had an RBI and Tanner Falk walked twice.
The Sages improve to 15-1 overall and Maroa-Forsyth drops to 7-5.
Skyler Frye hit a solo home run in the first inning and cleared the bases with a three-run double in the third inning helping Monticello rout Clinton 11-0 in non-conference girls softball action Wednesday afternoon at Monticello. The game was heard on WHOW, WEZC, and dewittdailynews.com.
Frye homered in the first run of the game for the Lady Sages.
Kaleena Davis hit a two-run home run to cap a five-run fifth inning. With the bases loaded in the third, Frye cleared the bases with a double to right center field and gave the Lady Sages a 10-0 lead.
Frye led the Lady Sages with five RBIs and scored twice. Davis was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Addison Wichus reached base three times and scored twice. Taylor Wunderlich and Brittany Jones each scored twice as well.
Wunderlich threw a five-inning shutout in the ten-run rule shortened game. She allowed two hits, four walks and struck out nine.
The Lady Maroons were led by Savannah Clifton with a double and a walk.
Clinton is 0-8 on the season. Monticello improves to 8-5.
Mitch Carr singled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning and then finished off the game in the seventh to lift Monticello to a 9-8 come from behind win over Tri-Valley in non-conference boys baseball action Tuesday from Monticello High School.
Trailing 8-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Owen Trybom singled to start the inning, Brett Macak moved him up to second on a sac-bunt, Asher Bradd bounced out to second to move Trybom to third. Alek Bundy walked to reach base for the fourth time on the afternoon, then Luke Stokowski doubled to right center field to drive in two and tie the game and Carr followed with a bloop single to right field.
Andrew Rudolph relieved Cam Wittig in the fourth fifth inning and started the seventh allowing a base hit and then a walk. Carr came on in relief of Rudolph and Isaac Vance bunted runners to second and third with one out.
Carr struck out ninth place hitter Kevin O’Donnell for the second out and got lead off hitter Braden Zenor to pop out on the infield to end the game.
Each team pushed across three in the first. Tri-Valley right fielder Matt Mier highlighted the inning with a two-run home run.
Jeff Willeaver added a two-run shot of his own to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.
Tri-Valley added two more runs in the second inning on a Mier two-run triple.
The Sages took a 6-5 lead in the third but Tri-Valley answered in the third when Kolton Weichman doubled in a pair.
The Vikings added an insurance in the top of the sixth-inning.
Wier paced Tri-Valley going 2-for-3 with a walk and four RBIs. Weichman scored three times.
Bundy finished 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and scored three times. Stokowski finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a pair of doubles.
Rudolph picked up the win after getting Monticello out of a fifth inning jam. Entering the game with two on and one out, he struck out O’Donnell and got Zenor to pop out behind the mound to end the threat.
Rudolph pitched 1.2 innings, allowing a run and struck out two.
The Vikings drop to 7-1 overall and the Sages improve to 14-1.
As heard on WHOW, the Clinton Maroons defeated the Warrensburg-Latham Cardinals by a score of 6-2 on Tuesday afternoon. Senior Mac HIckman was named the Country Financial representative Brad James Maroons Player of the Game. Hickman got the win pitching 6 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits, walking 2, and striking out 9. Hickman led the Maroons at the plate going 3 for 4 with an RBI. Braden Cross was 2 for 3 with and RBI and Matthew Overton was 1 for 3 with a double.
Garrett Allen took the loss for Warrensburg, pitching 4 and 1/3 innings, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits, walking 3, and striking out 2. Logan Bledsaw was 1 for 2 with and RBI double. Kyle Goechner went 2 for 3 with a run scored and two stolen bases.
With the win, the Maroons improve to 1-3 on the season and 1-1 in CIC play. Warrensburg-Latham falls to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in conference action.
Tune in Wednesday, April 11, as the Lady Maroons take on the Monticello Lady Sages. You can hear the game live on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW, 95.9 FM WEZC, online at dewittdailynews.com, and on the WHOW app.
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