|Lancers ride Farmer past Jefferson 7-2|
|Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:38 AM|
The Wildcats managed just two hits through the first four innings; both were singles to lead off the inning by Ross Thompson and Drew Kortokrax.
The Lancers got on the board early in the game with three runs in the first inning. Nick Leeth reached base by a walk to start the inning. Later in the inning, Matt Oechsle singled and came around to score on an Austin Leeth triple to give the Lancers a 3-0 lead.
Lincolnview loaded the bases in the bottom of the second frame but Zach Ricker (4 innings, 4 runs, 4 hits, 3 walks, 1 hit batter, 6 strikeouts) struck out two Lancer batters to strand all three runs.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Nick Leeth tripled and Kyle Williams picked up an RBI when he groundout to the third baseman, which allowed Leeth to score and make the game 4-0, Lancers.
In the top of the fifth with one out, Jefferson got back-to-back singles from Jordan Herron and Zavier Buzard. With Herron on third base, Seth Wollenhaupt beat out a double-play ball to pick up an RBI and put the Wildcats on the board down 4-1.
Lincolnview countered with two runs in the bottom of the frame as Derek Friesner and Austin Leeth both walked to start the inning. Tyler Richey singled home one run and Austin Leeth scored on a wild pickoff attempt by Thompson to extend the Lancer lead to 6-1.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Williams and Conner McCleery both reached base before Oechsle singled home Williams to push Lincolnview’s lead to 7-1.
The Wildcats got one more crack at Farmer (complete game; 5 hits, 1 BB, 3 Ks) in the top of the seventh when Zach Kimmett crushed a double to left field before a Herron sacrifice fly to center brought him home. Farmer got another fly ball to center field to retire the next batter and the final out was a diving catch by Jalen Roberts in left field to end the game.
“That is the team we want to be right there: got a good pitching performance and defense made the plays — we had no errors,” Lancer coach Kevin Longstreth said. “When we get on the base paths, we are going to be aggressive and we are working hard to be that team right there. He (Eli Farmer) really kept them off-balance; they didn’t hit the ball hard until the seventh inning. Then he started to press a little bit and they got some hits off him.”
The Lancers improve to 3-5 (1-0 NWC); the Wildcats drop to 7-4 (0-1).
“They made plays in the first inning and all throughout the game. They did a lot of good things,” Jefferson coach Doug Geary said. “When you get down three runs early on, things get tough and they added on in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. We got the capability of scoring five or six runs in an inning but that is a very tough thing to do in baseball.”
Jefferson hosts Perry tonight (weather permitting); Lincolnview hosts St. Henry.