|Cougars top Lancers 8-2 in rain-shortened tourney opener|
|Wednesday, July 03, 2013 12:18 AM|
By JIM COX
DELPHOS - Cougar bats blasted a homer and three doubles in Tuesday’s rain-shortened Van Wert County ACME Tournament opener, resulting in a decisive 8-2 win over Lincolnview at Stadium Park in Delphos.
The game was called after 5 1/2 innings because of rain and lightning, thus erasing the top of the sixth inning, during which Van Wert, the visiting team, had added a ninth run.
The win advances the Cougs in the winners’ bracket, with their next opponent and time to be determined. The Lancers drop to the losers’ bracket.
Lancer starter Eli Farmer cruised through the top of the first inning 1-2-3 without a ball leaving the infield.
Lincolnview threatened Cougar lefty Brandt Henry in the bottom half. Henry plunked the leadoff hitter, shortstop Kyle Williams, and Farmer bunted Williams over to second. Centerfielder Jalen Roberts smoked a liner that third baseman Jacob Braun snow-coned for the second out. Williams then went to third on a wild pitch but a strikeout ended that threat.
The Van Wert bats came to life in the second. Centerfielder Tyler Williams led off with a single through the third/short hole. After two infield pop-outs, Braun hit a rope down the left-field line and over the fence to make it 2-0.
While Henry was breezing through the second and third, Van Wert was adding three-spots in each of those innings.
Leftfielder Jacob Williamson started the third with a walk, then stole second. Farmer struck out the next batter but second baseman Joe Lisa poked a line single to center, plating Williamson, and went to second on a wild pitch. Henry ripped a double into the gap in left center, bringing in Lisa. Henry advanced to third on a groundout, then scored when first baseman Kevin Agler bounced an infield single up the middle — 5-0, Van Wert, after 2 1/2.
Farmer plunked Braun to start the Cougar fourth. Rightfielder Brian Mills bounced an infield single into the third/short hole and, after an infield pop-out, shortstop Cody Keirns walked to load the bases. Lisa drove in Braun with an opposite-field bloop single to left and Henry drilled his second double into the left-centerfield gap, plating Mills and Keirns — 8-0, Cougars, after 3 1/2.
Righty Ethan Williams replaced Henry on the mound to start the bottom of the fourth and things got a bit dicey for Van Wert. Williams walked two batters in that inning but escaped without giving up a run. Lincolnview shortstop Kyle Williams traded positions with Farmer to start the top of the fifth and didn’t yield a run, although the Cougs threatened via a bloop single by Braun and a frozen-rope double down the left-field line by Ethan Williams.
Williams struggled mightily in the bottom of the fifth, hitting a batter, walking two and yielding one hit — a single by rightfielder Dalton Schmersal. Van Wert still led 8-2, however, and that’s when the game officially ended.
Henry had a big game on the mound and at the plate. In his three innings on the hill, he blanked the Lancers on two hits, both infield dribblers, while striking out two, walking nobody and hitting one batter. He was efficient, too, throwing only 36 pitches, of which 27 were strikes. At the plate, he went 2-for-3, both doubles, while scoring a run and driving in three. Lisa (2-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs) and Braun (2-for-2, including a homer, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) also had big games for the Cougars.
The Lancers got infield singles from third baseman Derek Youtsey and leftfielder Trevor Neate. Their only solid base hit was Dalton Schmersal’s liner to left in the fifth inning. The RBIs came from Farmer (bases-loaded walk) and Roberts (fielder’s choice).
Van Wert (ab-r-h-rbi)
Keirns ss 2-1-0-0, Lisa 2b 3-1-2-2, Henry p/cf 3-1-2-3, Tyler Williams cf/lf 3-1-1-0, Agler 1b 3-0-1-1, Miller c 3-0-0-0, Braun 3b 2-2-2-2, Mills rf 2-1-1-0, Ethan Williams p 1-0-1-0, Williamson lf/rf 2-1-0-0. Totals 24-8-10-8.
Williams ss/p 1-0-0-0, Farmer p/ss 1-0-0-1, Roberts cf 3-0-0-1, Cole Schmersal cf 0-0-0-0, Friesner 1b 2-0-0-0, Youtsey 3b 1-0-1-0, Richey c 2-0-0-0, Patterson 2b 2-0-0-0, Neate lf 1-1-1-0, Wyatt Schmersal lf 0-0-0-0, Dalton Schmersal rf 2-1-1-0. Totals 15-2-3-2.
Score by innings: R H E
Van Wert 023 30 - 8 10 0
Lincolnview 000 02 - 2 3 1
WP: Henry; LP: Farmer. 2B: Henry 2, Ethan Williams. HR: Braun VW. LOB: Van Wert 4, Lincolnview 5. DP: Lisa to Keirns to Agler (V), Williams to Friesner (LV).