|Lancers slam Continental to advance to district finals|
|Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:41 PM|
By KEVIN WANNEMACHER
ELIDA – With his team down 3-1 heading into the bottom of the third inning, Lincolnview head coach Kent McClure had no reason to think his squad wouldn’t respond.
And they did just that.
Lincolnview scored three times in the third inning and blew out Continental from there in routing the Pirates 15-5 in five innings in Division IV district semifinal action at Elida’s Dorothy Edwards Field.
With the win, the Lady Lancers move on to face Parkway in Friday’s district championship contest at 5 p.m.
The Lancers actually scored in the opening frame to take a quick lead. With two outs, Kaitlyn Brant singled to center and moved to second on a Devann Springer single. Brant then moved to third and home on a pair of passed ball as the Lady Lancers grabbed a 1-0 lead after one inning.
Continental, though, took advantage of a Lincolnview error in the third. With one out, Alex Quigley reached on a bunt single and proceeded to steal second. After McKenna Scott flew out, Taylor Williamson was safe on an error that also allowed Quigley to score and tie the contest at 1-1. Leva Weller followed with a run-scoring double that plated Williamson before Weller scored when Sara Deken safely reached thanks to another error, setting the margin at 3-1. Lincolnview pitcher Ashley McClure escaped further damage when Bailey Neate dove and snagged a ground ball off the bat of Erica Fitzwater and forced Deken at second.
“This team has never given up this year,” commented the Lancer head coach. “We’ve battled back and won games via walk off runs after being behind and we’ve found ways to win tough games on the road as well. One thing about these girls is they don’t give up and they will battle.”
The Lancers showed that in the home half of the third. Jodie Doner led off and promptly reached thanks to a Continental error. After Autumn Proctor lined out to Weller, Brant reached on a Pirate fielding mistake to put runners at first and third. Springer grounded out, scoring Doner, before a double by Baylee Neate plated Brant to knot the contest at 3-3. However, Lincolnview wasn’t done as Kelsey Mohr followed with a run-scoring double that sent Neate home for a 4-3 Lancer advantage.
“You have to give them a lot of credit,” noted Continental head coach Jordan Streicher. “They just came out and hit the ball. Leva isn’t overpowering on the mound but typically she has been able to keep the ball down and around the strike zone. Tonight, anything that was close, they were just hitting the ball.”
The Lancers widened the lead to 8-3 after four innings after scoring four times in the inning. Macey Ashbaugh and Julia Thatcher each reached on errors to open the inning before Doner followed with a RBI single to score Ashbaugh. Brant added a double in the inning and Neate picked up a run-scoring single as Thatcher, Doner and Neate also scored to put Lincolnview in firm control.
“Our defense has been a strong point all season but it wasn’t tonight,” Streicher added. “You can’t make mistakes like we did. But that is a very good softball team over there and Kent and his girls really came out swinging the bats tonight.”
Continental got two runs in the fifth to close within 8-5. Deken and Fitzwater hit back-to-back run scoring singles to get the Pirates within three before Lincolnview put the game away in the bottom of the inning.
The Lancers scored seven times on eight hits, five of which came with two outs in the inning. Doner and Mohr each drove in a pair in the inning, which was capped off by an Ashbaugh RBI single to close out the 15-5 win.
“We had scouted them and we knew what to expect,” stated McClure. “The girls got a lot of work in this week and we came in and executed our game plan.”
Ashley McClure picked up the win for the Lancers, pitching the 5-inning contest and striking out four while allowing five hits and two walks.
Weller gave up 15 hits in 4 2/3 innings of action along with two walks.
Quigley had a pair of singles for Continental, which closes its season at 16-7. Weller had a double with Deken and Fitzwater adding singles.
Brant and Neate each posted two singles and a double for Lincolnview with Doner and Mohr adding a single and a double apiece. Springer recorded two singles while Ashbaugh, Thatcher and Lauren Calvert picked up a single each.
“Parkway has a very solid team and they have a good pitcher in Fent,” concluded Coach McClure. “She is similar to what we saw tonight but she also has a couple of more pitches. They are solid defensively and they can hit as well. It’s going to be a great game.”
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