Lincolnview opens softball season on winning note
MARIA STEIN — The Lincolnview Lady Lancer softball team opened up the 2013 season as they traveled to Marion Local to take on the Flyers on a cool sunny spring Tuesday.
Kent McClure’s squad came away with an impressive 6-4 victory over the experienced Flyers.
Junior Ashley McClure toed the rubber for the Lancers and pitched a complete game. She surrendered four runs (3 earned) on five hits, walked six and hit a batter while striking out seven for the victory.
Leading the way at the plate for the Lancers was a trio of batters. Junior Kelsey Mohr contributed a triple and a double with sophomore Baylee Neate and senior Kaitlyn Brant each ripping two singles. Senior Lauren Calvert tallied three runs batted in with Brant and Mohr collecting one apiece. The Lady Lancers move to 1-0 while the Flyers drop to 1-2 on the season. Lincolnview will take on the Cougars from Van Wert today at home with a 4:30 p.m. start on tap.
Lancers nipped in opener 3-2 by Fort Recovery
By Jim Cox
MIDDLE POINT - It was Fort Recovery’s fourth game and Lincolnview’s first Tuesday afternoon. Perhaps that was the only difference between the two teams as the Indians won a well-pitched contest 3-2.
Fort Recovery is now 3-1, Lincolnview 0-1.
A 2-out, 2-run, fifth-inning double by Indian centerfielder Elijah Kahlig gave the visitors a 3-1 lead and, eventually, the victory. Kahlig’s big hit, a shallow fly ball into the gap in left center, followed consecutive singles by catcher Blake Boughman and first baseman Jacob Muhlenkamp.
Lancers got one back in the bottom of the fifth on a walk to shortstop Nick Leeth, a groundout by centerfielder Austin Leeth and a double to left-field fence by pitcher Kyle Williams. However, there was no more scoring in the game.
Lincolnview dented the scoreboard in the bottom of the first on a Williams double to the base of the fence in left, followed by a line single up the middle by first baseman Derek Friesner. Fort Recovery knotted it 1-1 in the top of the third. With one out, shortstop Chad Schroel walked. Boughman crushed a liner to the left-field corner but a textbook relay from leftfielder Dalton Kayser to Leeth to catcher Tyler Richey snuffed out an Indian run and turned it into a controversial out at the plate, Boughman ending up at third on the throw home. Muhlenkamp’s opposite-field triple to the right-field fence then plated Boughman to make it 1-1 after three.
Indian right-hander Kent Retz got the win, pitching five innings, giving up two runs, both earned, on three hits, while striking out five and walking two. Cole Wendel pitched the last two innings to earn a save. He didn’t allow a baserunner, striking out two and walking none.
Williams went six innings for the Lancers and took the loss, yielding three runs, all earned, on seven hits, striking out three and walking three. Youtsey moved from third to the mound and pitched a perfect seventh inning, neither striking out nor walking a batter.
“Kyle (Williams) did a great job of mixing it up,” said Lincolnview first-year coach Kevin Longstreth. “Their top of the lineup was pretty solid, so he did a good job of mixing it up to them, threw a lot of strikes to the bottom of the lineup, made them use the bats. Then Derek (Youtsey) came in and did what he needed to do; threw strikes.”
Fort Recovery got big games at the plate from its second, third and fourth hitters — Boughman (2-for-4, double, run), Muhlenkamp (3-for-4, triple, run, RBI) and Kahlig (double, 2 RBIs).
For Lincolnview, Williams went 2-for-3, both doubles (run, RBI). Friesner was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Although there were six errors in the game — four by the Indians, two by the Lancers — none figured in the scoring.
“For the most part, our kids were really prepared and ready to go today,” said Longstreth. “All that work we put in, defensively, I can’t complain. Hitting, the first time out, seeing somebody live, three hits just isn’t gonna cut it. We did the small things. We just need more runners, better at-bats, hitting to the opposite field like we’ve been preaching to them.”
Lincolnview is scheduled to host Van Wert today (4:30 p.m. first pitch). That is the first of 10 games scheduled in the next 14 days for the Lancers.
Fort Recovery (ab-r-h-rbi)
Schroel ss 3-0-0-0, Boughman c 4-1-2-0, Lochtefeld pr 0-1-0-0, Muhlenkamp 1b 4-1-3-1, Kahlig cf 3-0-1-2, Hobbs 3b 2-0-0-0, Pottkotter 2b 2-0-1-0, Thien lf 3-0-0-0, Riegle rf 3-0-0-0, Joash dh 2-0-0-0, Retz p 0-0-0-0, Wendel p 0-0-0-0. Totals 26-3-7-3.
Nick Leeth ss 3-1-0-0, Austin Leeth cf-3b 3-0-0-0, Williams p-cf 3-1-2-1, Friesner 1b-rf 3-0-1-1, Richey c 3-0-0-0, Patterson 2b 3-0-0-0, Kayser 3-0-0-0, Roberts rf 2-0-0-0, McCleery 1b 1-0-0-0, Youtsey 3b-p 2-0-0-0. Totals 26-2-3-2.
Score by Innings:
Ft. Recovery 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 - 3 7 4
Lincolnview 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 2 3 2
WP - Retz (1-0); Save - Wendel (1); LP - Williams (0-1). LOB: Fort Recovery 6, Lincolnview 5. Doubles: Williams 2, Boughman, Kahlig. Triples: Muhlenkamp.
Grove run-rules Elida
COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove used a 9-run first frame, five of them unearned, to roll up a 12-2 5-inning baseball win Tuesday night at Columbus Grove.
It was the host Bulldogs’ season opener, while the visiting Bulldogs are 0-2.
Adam Purdy gave up all nine runs in the first inning as the ’Dawgs’ starter.
Josh Verhoff got the win with four innings of 5-hit, 2 runs (1 earned) starting pitching for Grove.
Brandon Benroth went 2-for-3 for Grove, including a home run, three runs batted in and two runs scored. Matt Jay also went 2-for-3, knocking in three. Elida visits Leipsic and Columbus Grove hosts McComb tonight.
Jake Porter cf 2 0 0 0, David Diller ss 3 0 1 0, Adam Purdy p 1 0 0 0, Drew Laing rf 1 0 0 0, Max Stambaugh rf 3 0 1 0, Travis Watkins c 2 0 0 0, Nickoli Sackinger dh 2 0 1 0, Kyle Hambleton 3b 0 1 0 0, Josh Carder 1b 2 1 1 0, Jesse Wheeler lf 1 0 0 0, Logan Frysinger lf 1 0 0 0, Riley Overholt 2b 1 0 1 0. Totals 19 2 5 1.
COLUMBUS GROVE (12)
Blake Hoffman cf 2 2 1 0, Brandon Benroth ss 3 2 2 3. Matt Jay c 3 1 2 3. Trey Roney 1b/p 3 1 1 0, Kody Griffith dh 1 2 1 0, Josh verhoff p/1b 2 2 1 1, Mason Smith rf 2 0 0 1, Trent Vorst 2b 1 0 0 1, Elisha Jones 3b 2 2 0 0. Totals 19 12 8 9.
Score by Innings:
Elida 0 1 0 1 0 - 2
Col. Grove 9 2 0 0 1 - 12
No outs in 5th when game ended
E: Purdy, Hambleton, Verhoff; DP: Columbus Grove 1; LOB: Elida 6, Columbus Grove 6; 2B: Jay; 3B: Verhoff; HR: Benroth; SF: Smith, Vorst.
IP H R ER BB SO
Purdy (L, 0-1) 1.0 4 9 4 5 0
Hambleton 3.0 4 3 3 2 2
Verhoff (W, 1-0) 4.0 5 2 1 4 3
Roney 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
HBP: Hoffman (by Purdy), Griffith (by Hambleton); PB: Watkins 4, Jay.