The Poynette Indians baseball team could not have played two more different games this past week.
On June 6, the Indians were roughed up by visiting Montello 17-7 in Home Talent Night League play.
Poynette flipped the script in their Eastern Section game with visiting Rio last Sunday. The Indians cruised to a 15-6 victory.
The Indians are now 8-4 overall, 5-1 in the Eastern Section and 1-3 in Night League play.
Poynette will play a Night League game at Sun Prairie at 7 p.m. tonight. The Indians will play an Eastern Section tilt in Cottage Grove at 8 p.m. on Friday.
The Indians had 10 hits in the loss, but was hurt by four errors.
“We certainly weren’t at our best,” Poynette player-manager Davy Tomlinson said. “We’ve been solid defensively, so four errors is very uncharacteristic for us. They took advantage of all of our free passes that we gave them.”
Montello came storming out and scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning.
Both teams came up with two runs in the third inning. Kory Ryan had a two-run single for the Indians.
Trailing 15-2, Poynette inched closer with a five-run rally in the bottom of the fourth inning. Steve Leiterman and Ryan both had two-run singles, while Tomlinson scored on a wild pitch.
Montello scored two runs in the top of the fifth to end the game with mercy rule.
Leiterman, Tomlinson and Ryan all had two hits for Poynette.
Ryan Hutchinson, Rodney Curtis, Kyle Bestul and Alex O’Connor all pitched for the Indians. They combined for two strikeouts and eight walks.
The Indians had two more errors against Rio, but made up for it with 14 hits.
“We played pretty well, but there are things that we need to continue to improve on,” Tomlinson said.
Ryan collected a team-high three hits, while Jalen Knuteson, Aaron Krigbaum, Leiterman, Dylan Tomlinson and O’Connor each had two.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning, Poynette exploded for 11 runs in the bottom of the second. Ryan led off the frame with a home run and later had a run-scoring single, while Curtis had an RBI single and drew a bases-loaded walk. Dylan Tomlinson chipped in a two-run double, while O’Connor added an RBI double.
Both teams scored a run in the third inning. Ryan plated the run for the Indians with a single.
Poynette had Knuteson score on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth.
Both teams closed out their scoring with two runs in the seventh frame. Krigbaum and Hutchinson both plated a run for Poynette.
O’Connor got the pitching win for Poynette. He had a strikeout and two walks in six innings.
Knuteson pitched the final two innings.