|Friday, April 19, 2013 11:40 AM|
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The Thunderbirds (5-3, 2-0) built a 6-0 lead in the first two frames.
“I was disappointed in our focus and intensity for the game tonight. We had just came off a conference win and had the opportunity to carry some momentum over into a big conference game for us,” Lincolnview coach Kevin Longstreth noted. “We have to be able to beat teams like LCC to ever have a chance to be at the top of the NWC. We started off the first two innings of the game with errors and LCC did what they were supposed to when given extra outs We have to be more consistent with our approaches at the plate and drive in runs when guys get on.”
Kyle Williams took the loss for the Lancers (3-6, 1-1 NWC), while Nick Watkins (1-2) got the win for the home team.
Troy Patterson went 2-for-2 for the visitors and Jalen Roberts (2 runs) 2-for-3, while Williams knocked in two runs. Patteron, Austin Leeth and Nick Leeth each stole a base.
Lincolnview responded in the top of the third with two more runs as Brant reached on an error and Springer ripped a solid single to left. Baylee Neate then took one for the team as she was hit by the pitch to load the bases. A groundout force at home provided the second out of the inning before Autumn Proctor stepped to the plate. She stung a single to left to score one but leftfielder Molly Clemente threw a strike to home to nail a would-be tally. LCC led 5-4 after three.
Lima Central extended the lead as they tallied five runs in the fifth. A run scored and leadoff hitter Meredith Neise then unloaded the bases with a bomb to the parking lot and end the day for Lancer hurler Ashley McClure.
McClure’s counterpart, Meredith Shepherd, shut down the Lancer offense the rest of the way to garner the win.
Shepherd earned the win, going the six innings while giving up four earned runs on eight hits. She struck out four while issuing one walk.
his was the NWC opener for the Bulldogs as they moved to 5-1 on the season. The Mustangs dropped to 1-1 in conference play and 6-4 overall.
Allen East grabbed a 3-0 first inning lead as Alex Mertz, Erin Conkle and Madison Schantz all safely reached with base hits to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead before Kaycee Rowe followed with a single to left that made it 3-0.
The Bulldogs answered back in the bottom of the inning with a run as Monica Delgado had an RBI single to center.
Although both teams had chances to put additional runs on the scoreboard in the next two innings, the starting pitchers worked out of jams.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Mustangs were unable to avoid trouble as the Bulldogs pushed across three runs to take the lead. Micah Stechschulte and Haley Grigsby reached to start the inning before Allen East got an out. Kyrah Yinger reached on an error before Bobbie Heckel lined a run-scoring single to left field. Two passed balls played into the scoring as the Bulldogs took a 4-3 lead to the fifth.
After Heckel stranded a base-runner at second in the top of the fifth, the Bulldogs added two runs to their lead in the bottom half as Hope Schroeder lined a double to deep left field to start the inning and Delgado followed with a double to center field that the Mustang centerfielder just missed making a catch on as she chased after the long fly ball. After an out, a single by Stechschulte allowed Delgado to race home with the Bulldogs’ sixth run.
The Bulldogs took a 6-3 lead to the seventh inning but Allen East didn’t go quietly in their last at-bat. After a strikeout to start the inning, Audrey Rodriguez lined a single to center and Mertz reached on an infield single. After Heckel struck out the next batter, Schantz made things interesting with a run-scoring single to left. With runners on the corners, Heckel reached back and struck out the next Allen East batter to end the game.
Heckel (4-1) picked up the win as she allowed four runs on six hits with seven strikeouts. Heckel and Delgado both had two hits for the Bulldogs in the game.
However, it might have been in the Mustangs’ best interest for the showers to have come as the hosts took command from the first pitch of the game when Blake Hoffman hit the first pitch he saw for a double.
The Bulldogs scored 11 runs on eight hits, while Grove pitcher Trey Roney held the guests to just three hits as the ’Dogs blanked Allen East 11-0 in a run-ruled 5-inning game.
Roney went the distance on the mound for the Bulldogs, while helping his own cause at the plate as well, reaching four times with a pair of walks, a fielder’s choice and a single. The senior struck out two and walked two, while throwing just 56 pitches.
“You expect him (Trey) to go out there and throw strikes and challenge hitters; that’s exactly what he did tonight. He threw strikes. He maybe walked one or two but he did exactly what we asked him to do. He’s not a strikeout type of guy, so we have to play good defense behind him,” Columbus Grove coach Cory King stated.
Allen East pitcher Erik Neely had his pitching woes from the get-go; after the Hoffman leadoff 2-bagger, the Mustang hurler gave up hits to Jay and Kody Griffith. Josh Verhoff capped off the 9-batter inning with a double a batter after Roney reached on a hit, giving the home team a 3-0 edge after the first inning.
Grove sent 13 batters to the plate in the third, scoring seven times on just three hits. It started off with a walk to Griffith, followed by Verhoff reaching on a error by the third baseman. Mason Smith followed with a strange infield fly-rule out; the ball started out in the infield but thanks to the wind, by the time in came down it was in short right but the second baseman and right fielder miscommunicated and the ball fell, allowing Griffith to move to third, putting runners on first and third with one out. Elisha Jones followed up with a single to make it a 4-0 game, bringing Hoffman to the plate. Hoffman sent a dribbler back to Neely but the Mustang pitcher air-mailed it to first and sent it down the right-field line, Two batters later, Jay delivered on his second hit of the game, resulting in his second RBI of the contest.
“That was great to see, especially in the first inning; we had a couple different guys that were maybe struggling a little bit this season, so that was nice to see those guys get some hits. The whole team contributed in some way. That’s what you want; everybody to contribute and we did that tonight,” King commented.