Bloomington vs. Decatur Eisenhower, Mahomet-Seymour vs. U High, Pontiac vs. Central Catholic
Bloomington 12, Decatur Eisenhower 6
Brett Moore and John Kramp knocked in two runs each Thursday to help the Bloomington High School baseball team double up Decatur Eisenhower, 12-6, in a Big 12 Conference game at Decatur.
"Offensively, I was real happy with our approach," BHS coach Steve Clapp said. "We've been working in practice on being aggressive on hitters' counts and one through nine we hit the ball hard."
Moore and Ryan Juris each had two hits for the Purple Raiders, who improved to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in the Big 12. Mike Reu, Brian Huff, Jared Lander, Andy Malinowski and Steven Esch had one RBI each.
Huff (2-0) gave up two earned runs and struck out two over the first four innings to pick up the victory. Malinowski pitched two innings before Moore worked the seventh.
"Huff has given us two quality starts," said Clapp. "He's coming in and throwing strikes."
Fumiya Takahashi, a BHS foreign exchange student from Japan, recorded his first career hit.
Eisenhower dropped to 4-10 and 1-2 in league play.
Mahomet-Seymour 13, U High 6
Mahomet-Seymour pounded out 13 hits off six Pioneer pitchers and the Bulldogs went on to defeat University High in a Corn Belt Conference game at Mahomet.
Tyler McNeely got the Pioneers off to a good start with a two-run home run in the first inning, but Caleb King answered for the Bulldogs with a solo shot in the bottom of the inning as U High led 2-1 after one inning.
The Pioneers tacked on four more runs in the second for a 6-1 lead before the Bulldogs (15-4 overall, 3-2 in the Corn Belt) exploded for three runs in the third, six in the fourth and finished the scoring with three more runs in the fifth.
Stephen Fetzer started the Mahomet rally with a three run homer in the third before the Bulldogs went back-to-back in the fifth. Neil Wright hit a two-run home run followed by a solo shot by Joel Gher and the Bulldogs enjoyed a 13-6 lead.
McNeely added a double and single to his home run to lead U High and drove in four runs for the Pioneers for the day.
"We started off well but had too many errors in the fourth," Pioneers' coach Greg Bee said. "That opened the gates and turned the game around. Our defense let us down."
Fetzer finished with three hits and five RBI to lead Mahomet while Wright added three hits and three runs-batted-in. Gher and Brett Schultz also had two hits for the Bulldogs.
Wright (5-3) started and went four innings to get the win for the Bulldogs before being relieved by King in the fifth. King pitched two scoreless innings and Fetzer pitched a scoreless seventh.
Tyler Cook started for U High (5-13, 0-4) and was relieved by a host of Pioneer hurlers. Aaron Kaufmann took the loss for U High.
Pontiac 12, Central Catholic 2<,b>
Alex Arbogast belted two home runs and Christopher Newsome shut down the Saints offense as Pontiac defeated Central Catholic in six innings in a Corn Belt Conference game at Pontiac.
Pontiac (14-2, 5-0) erupted for five runs in the first inning off of Central Catholic starter Paul Kabbes before adding two runs in the second and two in the fourth for a 9-0 lead.
The Saints scored two runs in the fifth before the Indians added three runs in the sixth for the final.
Arbogast had a solo home run in the second and a two-run shot in the fourth while J.T. Timmerman and Blake Krewer each had two hits and two RBI for Pontiac.
Newsome (4-0) limited Central Catholic to three hits while striking out 10. Louie Joseph had the lone RBI for the Saints.
Kabbes (2-4) took the loss for the Saints before being relieved by Ted Herbers in the third as the Saints dropped to 7-6 overall and 3-2 in league play.
"Give all the credit to Pontiac," said Central Catholic coach Jeff Paul. "Newsome pitched a great ballgame and Coach (Toby) Coates has them playing well."