|Lancer defense falters in ACME loss to Cougars|
|Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:00 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
VAN WERT — A team cannot make mistakes at any time during a baseball game, whether it be in the spring, the summer, the fall or even winter ball in the Caribbean.
Lincolnview’s defense made too many mistakes in the field, committing seven, as the Lancers fell 7-2 to host Van Wert in an ACME summer baseball game on a gorgeous and mild Monday evening on Russell Fisher Field at Smiley Park.
Lancer left-hander Jalen Roberts (6 innings, 115 pitches, 68 strikes) was the hard-luck loser, giving up only four hits and four walks. Of the seven runs he ceded, none were earned. He fanned four.
Cougar righty Kaleb Jenkins also threw a complete game (7 IPs, 5 hits, 2 unearned runs, 3 bases-on-balls, 8 strikeouts; 108 pitches, 69 strikes).
The Cougars committed four miscues.
Austin Leeth had the only multi-hit game at the plate for either unit — as well as the only extra-base hit with a double — going 2-for-3 for the Lancers (run, BB, stolen base). Keli Ralston scored the only other Lancer run.
Caleb Fetzer had the best day at the plate for the Cougars, knocking home two runs with a pair of sacrifice flies. The Cougars also stole seven bases, four by Ryan Stoller, including one of home.
The Cougars got their first unearned tally in the bottom of the first, started by a 2-out error on a Brant Henry grounder. He stole second, took third on a wild pitch and then, after a walk to Stoller, scored on a third strike in the dirt.
Gavin Gardner got to third and Justice Tussing second with two outs in the home second.
The Lancers had their first base-runner in the top of the third with two down — a tough-hop single by Cole Schmersal past third baseman Fetzer — but he was promptly caught stealing by Ryan McCracken for the third out.
The Cougars put up a 4-spot in the home third with only one hit: an infield single by Gavin Cross. Three errors, two sacrifices, a walk and a sacrifice fly by Fetzer helped account for the scored runs (Henry, Stoller, Cross, Gardner) and a 5-0 edge.
The visitors tried to rally in the visitor fourth, loading the bases on a leadoff free pass to Leeth, a stolen base, a 1-out liner to center by Derek Youtsey, a stolen base and a 2-out walk to Roberts. However, they couldn’t crack the scoreboard.
Van Wert tallied its final two runs in the fourth, also with one hit: a leadoff knock by B.J. Covey. Another error helped open the door. Fetzer’s sac fly scored Covey and later, Stoller stole home to make it 7-0.
Lincolnview got Ralston aboard to start the guest fifth on a strike 3 in the dirt, advancing on a Chayten Overholt groundout and a 2-out liner by Leeth. Ralston scored on a misplayed grounder hit by Dalton Schmersal for a 7-1 deficit but the Lancers left runners at second and third.
The Lancers stranded Tyler Richey at third after his leadoff knock to left in the top of the sixth. Roberts walked but was eliminated by a Wyatt Schmersal ground ball. Schmersal was also caught stealing by McCracken and Jenkins got the third out.
Lincolnview got another run in the seventh with two gone. Leeth doubled to right center and came home via a 2-base throwing error on D. Schmersal’s grounder.
Lincolnview hosts St. John’s today, while Van Wert is slated to visit Crestview.
Austin Leeth ss 3-1-2-0, Dalton Schmersal lf 4-0-0-0, Derek Youtsey 3b 4-0-1-0, Tyler Richey c 3-0-1-0, Jalen Roberts p 1-0-0-0, Wyatt Schmersal 1b 3-0-0-0, Jacob Pollock rf 1-0-0-0, Keli Ralston 2-1-0-0, Chayten Overholt 2b 3-0-0-0, Cole Schmersal cf 3-0-1-0. Totals 27-2-5-0.
VAN WERT (7)
Justice Tussing ss 3-0-0-0, B.J. Covey 2b 4-1-1-0, Brant Henry lf 3-2-0-0, Mason Carr lf 1-0-1-0, Ryan Stoller cf 2-2-0-0, Caleb Fetzer 3b 1-0-0-2, Josh Braun 3b 1-0-0-0, Gavin Cross dh 3-1-1-0, Jacob Williamson rf 0-0-0-0, Gavin Gardner 1b 2-1-1-0, Kaleb Jenkins p 2-0-0-0, Ryan McCracken c 2-0-0-0. Totals 24-7-4-2.
Score by Innings:
Lincolnview 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 - 2
Van Wert 1 0 4 2 0 0 X - 7
E: W. Schmersal 3, Youtsey 2, Fetzer 2, Richey, Roberts, Brown, McCracken; LOB: Lincolnview 7, Van Wert 7; 2B: Leeth; SB: Stoller 4 (home), Leeth, Youtsey, Tussing, Henry, Carr; CS: W. Schmersal (by McCracken), C. Schmersal (by McCracken); Sac: Stoller, Jenkins; SF: Fetzer 2.
IP H R ER BB SO
Roberts (L) 6.0 4 7 0 4 4
Jenkins (W) 7.0 5 2 0 3 8
WP: Roberts 4; HBP: Pulford (by Jenkins); Balk: Roberts; BB: Roberts 2, Leeth, Tussing, Stoller, Gardner, McCracken.