St. John's got their first win of the season after a late-game rally to beat Lincolnview 4-3. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
St. John's got their first win of the season after a late-game rally to beat Lincolnview 4-3. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
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DELPHOS — St. John’s rallied late in the game to defeat the Lancers 4-3 on Monday. The Blue Jays were held to just one hit through six innings by Lincolnview standout Landon Price before a pitching change opened the door for St. John’s to mount a comeback.

The Jays struggled to make contact at the plate throughout the game due in part to Price topping out at 88 m.p.h. with his fastball. He struckout 16 batters and only allowed two base runners in six and one-third innings on the mound for the Lancers.

“Landon pitched a good game and had great command,” said Lincolnview head coach Eric Fishpaw. “St. John’s did a great job today and made plays in the seventh inning. It’s all about learning this summer and it’s fun to be back out here playing baseball again”

Lincolnview broke the scoreless deadlock in the top half of second when Trey Evans singled on a fly ball to right and scored Carson Fox, giving the Lancers a 1-0 lead.

They added another run in the third inning on a sacrifice bunt by Clayton Leeth that brought Cole Binkley in to score and increased Lincolnview’s lead to 2-0.

Despite giving up two runs, Blue Jay pitcher, Lincoln Mueller held the Lancers in check throughout his five innings of work. He fanned 10 Lincolnview batters and helped keep St. John’s in the game. Brady Kerner entered the game in relief and gave up one run in the sixth.

Dane Ebel scored on an infield grounder by Fox and extended Lincolnview lead to 3-0.

“Lincolnview beat us for six innings in a row - Landon Price is a great pitcher,” said St. John’s head coach Jerry Jackson. “I’m proud of the effort Lincoln Mueller gave today and I’m also proud of our defense. We kept the game close and the guys never gave up.”

Curtis Mueller entered the game for the Jays in the seventh inning and struckout the side, setting up what became an incredible comeback by St. John’s.

Price faced the first batter of the seventh inning for his 16th strikeout of the game before Carson Fox was brought in to close things out. Gavin Fittro walked and eventually scored on a passed ball for the Blue Jays first run of the game.

A single by Zane Wertenberger and a walk by Trent Lindeman setup Lincoln Mueller for a line drive to center as St. John’s pulled within one. Jack Gerker was brought in to run for Mueller at second and Lindeman sat on third with two outs when Blake Fischbach delivered a shallow fly to center that scored Lindeman and Gerker and secured a 4-3 win for St. John’s.

The Jays move to 1-3 on the season and Lincolnview slips to 2-2.

Lincolnview (3)

Cole Binkley 3-1-1-0, Collin Overholt 2-0-0-0, Landon Price 2-0-0-0, Dane Ebel 2-1-1-0, Clayton Leeth 2-0-0-1, Carson Fox 2-1-0-1, Jared Kesler 3-0-0-0, Trey Evans 3-0-1-1, Evan Miller 2-0-0-0, Carson Bowen 3-0-0-0, Total 24-3-3-3

St. John’s (4)

Brady Kerner 3-0-0-0, Gavin Fittro 2-1-0-0, Zane Wertenberger 2-1-1-0, J.J. Bonifas 1-0-0-0, Brady Grothaus 2-0-1-0, Trent Lindeman 1-1-0-0, Lincoln Mueller 3-0-1-1, Blake Fischbach 3-0-0-0, Keaton Jackson 1-0-0-0, Curtis Mueller 1-0-0-0, Jack Gerker 1-1-0-0, Landen Grothaus 1-0-0-0, Devin Sanders 2-0-0-0, Total 23-4-3-1

Score by Inning - R H E

Lincolnview 011 001 0 - 3 3 1

St. John’s 000 000 4 - 4 3 1

IP H R ER BB SO

Lincolnview

Landon Price 6.1 1 0 0 1 16

Carson Fox (L) 0.1 2 4 2 2 1

St. John’s

Lincoln Mueller 5 2 2 2 5 10

Brady Kerner 1 1 1 1 0 2

Curtis Mueller (W) 1 0 0 0 0 3