|Schimmoeller stymies Lancers 2-0; Ottoville advances|
|Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:18 AM|
By JIM COX
CONVOY - Ottoville’s Luke Schimmoeller dominated Wednesday’s Division IV sectional final on the mound and at the plate.
The junior right-hander blanked Lincolnview 2-0 on two hits and drove in both Big Green runs.
Ottoville (9-9) advances to the Coldwater district where they’ll play the St. Henry/Fort Recovery winner in Wednesday night’s second game (6:30 p.m.). Lincolnview is 9-13.
Schimmoeller was masterful on the mound, striking out 12 and walking only one. He overcame four throwing errors by his infield.
“What a game he pitched today!” Ottoville coach Tony Castronova exclaimed. “We made those errors and it didn’t bother him. Some pitchers, you make errors like that, it flusters the pitcher; it didn’t fluster him. He’s a baseball junky. He loves baseball; he loves being on that mound.”
The Green mounted the game’s first threat in the bottom of the first, getting 2-out singles from Schimmoeller and right fielder Brandon Boecker, but Lancer ace Eli Farmer then got first baseman Jared Fanning on a fly to center.
Lincolnview threatened in the top of the second, via two Ottoville throwing errors, but Schimmoeller snuffed that one on a groundout to second. The Big Green got on the board in the bottom of the third without getting a ball out of the infield. Second baseman Craig Odenweller grounded one into the third/short hole; slick-fielding shortstop Nick Leeth flagged it down but Odenweller beat the throw. Center fielder Derek Schimmoeller and left fielder Jacob Turnwald both laid down perfect bunts for singles, filling the bags. Luke Schimmoeller bounced into a force, short to second, plating Odenweller. Farmer escaped further damage when Boecker ripped a liner to second baseman Troy Patterson, who threw to first, doubling Luke Schimmoeller.
Lincolnview got its first hit in the fourth when first baseman Conner McCleery crushed a double to the gap in left center to start the inning. McCleery, however, got no farther.
The Lancers mounted another threat in the fifth on a 1-out walk to third baseman Austin Leeth and another Ottoville throwing error but, again, Schimmoeller was up to the task.
The Big Green added a second run in the bottom of the fifth. DH Cory Fischer grounded one through the third/short hole for a leadoff single and was replaced by pinch-runner Wes Markward. Odenweller reached on another perfect bunt, putting runners at first and second. Derek Schimmoeller lined one up the middle that was flagged down by Nick Leeth but the ball spurted out of his glove, eliminating any chance for a double play; he was still able to corral the ball and tag the bag, forcing Odenweller, putting runners at the corners. Turnwald bounced to third baseman Austin Leeth, who nailed Markward in a run-down. Luke Schimmoeller then drove in Derek Schimmoeller with a 2-out single through the third/short hole.
The Lancers’ last threat of the game came in the top of the seventh when right fielder Derek Friesner bombed a double into the gap in left center. Friesner got no farther, however.
“We knew coming in that they were gonna throw Schimmoeller and he was gonna pitch well,” said Lancer coach Kevin Longstreth. “You’re not gonna win many games with zero runs. We had guys in scoring position quite a few times and just couldn’t get that big hit. That’s kinda been our Achilles’ heel all year. I knew runs were gonna be at a premium this game. They (the Lancers) played hard and just didn’t come out on the right end tonight.”
Farmer was solid on the hill for Lincolnview, yielding two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out two and walking nobody. He threw 76 pitches, of which 49 were strikes.
“We were kinda worried about Eli,” added Longstreth. “He hurt himself at the Ottoville game (colliding with the fence in a 7-3 Lancer win last Friday, suffering a hip injury). This was his first time back out. He did what we expected; he pitched to contact. The defense for the most part did what they needed to.”
Luke Schimmoeller (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) and Odenweller (2-for-2, 1 run) led the Big Green offense.
“We had some really clutch hits today,” added Castronova. “The wind was blowing in and we knew Farmer was a good pitcher. He keeps the ball down, so we had to play a lot of small-ball and it worked out for us. You can’t say enough for these guys. They worked hard and we’re going to district for the first time in five years or something like that.”
Lincolnview is slated to play Kalida 5 p.m. Monday in regular action.
Nick Leeth ss 4-0-0-0, Williams cf 3-0-0-0, Oechsle dh 3-0-0-0, McCleery 1b 3-0-1-0, Richey c 3-0-0-0, Youtsey lf 3-0-0-0, Friesner 3-0-1-0, Neate pr 0-0-0-0, Patterson 2b 3-0-0-0, Austin Leeth 3b 2-0-0-0, Farmer p 0-0-0-0. Totals 27-0-2-0.
Derek Schimmoeller cf 3-1-1-0, Turnwald lf 3-0-1-0, Luke Schimmoeller p 3-0-2-2, Boecker rf 3-0-1-0, Fanning 1b 3-0-0-0, Horstman 3b 2-0-0-0, Hohlbein ss 3-0-0-0, Fischer dh 3-0-1-0, Markward pr 0-0-0-0, Odenweller 2b 2-1-2-0, Van Oss c 0-0-0-0. Totals 25-2-8-2.
Score by Innings:
Lincolnview 000 000 0 - 0 2 1
Ottoville 001 010 x - 2 8 4
WP: Luke Schimmoeller; LP: Farmer. LOB: Lincolnview 7, Ottoville 6. Double Play: Patterson to McCleery (LV). 2B: McCleery, Friesner.
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