|Big 1st inning propels Lancers over Big Green|
|Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:27 AM|
By BOB WEBER
The Delphos Herald
OTTOVILLE — As the regular baseball season is coming to an end and the tournament trail starts next week, the Lincolnview Lancers traveled to Ottoville to take on the Big Green in a non-league game.
The Lancers used a big first inning, scoring six times and, had it hold up for a 7-3 win over the Big Green.
Friday night was Senior Night for six members of the Big Green squad. Cory Fischer, Bryan Hohlbein, Craig Odenweller, Derek Schimmoeller, Jacob Turnwald and Zach Weber were all honored on the night and given a signed team baseball from head coach Tony Castronova. The team and parents also presented the six outgoing seniors with a meal, pictures and a big chocolate cookie with their name and number on it.
The Lancers jumped on the Big Green right from the start in the first inning, taking advantage of three hits and four walks to score six big runs in sending 12 batters to the plate. Senior Nick Leeth started the inning off with an infield hit. Junior Kyle Williams drew a walk and designated hitter Matt Oechsle scored Leeth with a base hit. After the Big Green retired junior Connor McCleery, they strung together hits by freshmen Tyler Richey, Leeth, Williams and three consecutive walks to junior Derek Friesner, freshmen Derek Youtsey and senior Troy Patterson to plate an additional five more runs and take a 6-0 lead on the Big Green.
The Lancers extended their lead in the top of the fourth when Williams started off the inning with a deep double to right-centerfield and came home on a fly ball that was dropped in the outfield off the bat of McCleery, making the score 7-0.
The Big Green’s bats were held quiet until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Big Green got back-to-back home runs from sophomore Brandon Boecker (third on the season) and junior Alex Horstman (second on the year), making the deficit 6-2. Boecker’s home run hit the top of the left-field fence and fell over for the Big Green’s first run. Horstman’s shot was hit almost the same place as Boecker’s but looked like Lancer junior leftfielder Eli Farmer had a bead on it, only to have it hit in his glove at the same time he collided with the fence, sending the ball over the fence upon impact. Farmer laid on the ground for nearly 10 minutes, shaken from the collision with the fence, and eventually was taken out of the game for precautionary measures by head coach Kevin Longstreth.
The Big Green mounted one more threat in the bottom of the sixth inning when Boecker led off with a single. Trent Miller, pinch-running for Boecker, was quickly erased off the basepaths when Horstman grounded into a double play. Hohlbein got a 2-out infield hit and made it all the way to third on a throwing error by the Lancers. Sophomore pinch-hitter Kyle Bendele sent a blooper between the pitching mound and second base that the Lancers were unable to make the play on, allowing Hohlbein to score and cutting the lead to 7-3 for the visitors.
Starting pitcher Youtsey pitched the entire game and picked up the win for the Lancers.
Weber could only retire one batter that he faced in the first inning and suffered the loss for the Big Green. Hohlbein pitched the last 6 2/3 innings and did a great job, only allowing one more Lancer run to score.
Leeth and Richey led the Lancers with two hits on the evening and Williams scored two of his team’s seven runs for the game.
Boecker and Horstman led the Big Green with two hits apiece.
The Lancers (8-12) are right back in action today as they start tournament play against Spencerville at Crestview for a 11 o’clock start; they visit New Knoxville 5 p.m. Wednesday (tentative) in regular action.
The Big Green (8-8) will wait that winner for the sectional championship 5 p.m. Wednesday in Crestview. In regular-season play, they host St. John’s (makeup) game) 5 p.m. Monday.
Nick Leeth 4-1-2-2, Kyle Williams 3-2-2-0, Matt Oechsle 4-1-1-1, Conner McCleery 4-0-0-2, Tyler Richey 4-1-2-1, Derek Friesner 3-1-0-0, Derek Youtsey 3-1-0-0, Troy Patterson 3-0-0-1, Austin Leeth 1-0-0-0. Totals 29-7-7-7.
Derek Schimmoeller 3-0-0-0, Jacob Turnwald 3-0-1-0, Luke Schimmoeller 3-0-0-0, Brandon Boecker 3-1-2-1, Alex Horstman 3-1-2-1, Bryan Hohlbein 3-1-1-0. Zach Weber 2-0-0-0, Kyle Bendele 1-0-0-1, Cory Fischer 3-0-1-0, Craig Odenweller 2-0-0-0. Totals 26-3-7-3.
Score by Innings:
Lincolnview 6-0-0-1-0-0-0 - 7
Ottoville 0-0-0-2-0-1-0 - 3
WP - Youtsey; LP - Weber. 2B: Lincolnview - Williams; Ottoville - Fischer, Horstman. HR - Ottoville - Boecker, Horstman.
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