For the first time this season, the Poynette Indians baseball team dropped back-to-back Home Talent Eastern Section games.
The Indians suffered their second straight after falling 9-3 in an Eastern Section makeup game on June 26.
“We hit the ball pretty well, but just couldn’t put the hits together and score some runs,” Poynette player/manager Davy Tomlinson said. “Defensively, we were back to the level where we normally play. Unfortunately, Monona is loaded with great hitters and they showed it.”
The loss dropped Poynette to 8-7 overall and 5-3 in the Eastern Section. They are in third place in the section behind Sun Prairie (7-1) and Monona (5-2).
The Indians trailed from the start as Monona scored a run in the top of the first inning on a single by Vince Schmitz.
Schmitz came through again in the top of the third with a three-run home run.
Monona increased its lead to 5-0 with a solo home run by Beau Goff in the top of the fifth.
Poynette finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs. Kory Ryan and Steve Leiterman both had run-scoring singles.
Monona blew the game open after using five hits and two walks in four-run explosion in the top of the seventh inning.
Poynette scored its final run in the bottom of the eighth, as Aaron Krigbaum scored on a balk.
Leiterman paced the Indians with three hits, while Jalen Knuteson, Anthony Mabrey and Krigbaum had two apiece.
Mabrey started on the mound for the Indians and pitched into the seventh inning. He had a strikeout and five walks in taking the loss.
Alex O’Connor and Kyle Bestul also pitched for Poynette. They combined for a strikeout and two walks.
The Indians were scheduled to play Wisconsin Dells in Night League play on June 27 and Rio in Eastern Section action last Sunday, but both games were postponed due to bad weather. No makeup date has been set for either game.
Poynette will be back on the diamond tonight at 7 p.m. The Indians will host Cottage Grove in a Night League game.
This Sunday, the Indians will play at Eastern Section rival Monona at 1 p.m.