|Lady Lancers get best of Mustangs|
|Friday, May 03, 2013 12:14 AM|
By JIM COX
MIDDLE POINT - In a well-played game between two hard-hitting teams, the Lincolnview defense was the difference in a 7-3 fast-pitch win over Allen East Thursday afternoon. The Lady Lancers are now 11-2 overall, 4-1 in the Northwest Conference. The Lady Mustangs are 11-7 and 2-4.
Lincolnview jumped on Mustang starter Aubrin Davis for three runs in the top of the first. Centerfielder Jodie Doner poked a single to right center to start the inning. Autumn Proctor followed with an unusual at-bat. Proctor fouled off two bunt attempts from the left side, then switched to the right side of the plate and blasted a homer off the scoreboard in left center, the first round-tripper of her career.
Proctor’s blast disabled the scoreboard until it came to life in the fifth inning. Leftfielder Devan Springer was hit by a pitch and third baseman Kelsey Mohr plated Springer with a double to the gap in right center to make it 3-0 after one inning.
The Lancers added another run in the third. With one out, second baseman Kaitlyn Brant and Springer were each hit by Davis pitches. Shortstop Bailey Neate roped a double into the gap in left center, scoring Brant.
Mustang shortstop Kayce Rowe started the fourth inning by blasting a long homer to dead center to narrow the gap to 4-1 but Lincolnview came right back in the bottom half with two tallies.
First baseman Macey Ashbaugh started the inning with a walk, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Davis fanned the next batter but Doner blooped an opposite-field single to right, putting runners on the corners. Doner then took second without a throw. Proctor bounced to shortstop Rowe who threw home, nailing Ashbaugh, the play ending with Doner on third and Proctor on second. Brant’s frozen-rope single hit the fence in left center, bringing in Doner and Proctor to make it 6-1, Lancers, after four.
Allen East made it interesting in the top of the sixth, scoring twice on a walk, hit batter and 2-run double by centerfielder Kylie Wyss.
Doner provided an insurance run in the bottom half by smoking a liner over the fence in dead center for the first homer of her 4-year career.
Lancer hurler Ashley McClure went the distance, giving up the three runs, all earned, on five hits, while striking out five, walking only one and hitting one batter. She threw 101 pitches, 63 of which were strikes. She was aided by stellar defensive play from her infielders and outfielders, getting particularly outstanding catches by Doner and Springer.
Lincolnview coach Kent McClure was an understandably happy man afterwards. “I love speed in the outfield. The girls absolutely cover the ground. I can’t remember our defense ever being this good. We knew they could hit. They’re a very good offensive team. Ashley shut them down pretty well, changing location, in and out, mixing the off-speed in, fast ball up. They had some good hits on the ball but defensively, the infield made some nice plays. I’d put my middle infield (Neate and Brant) against a lot of people.”
Doner also led Lincolnview hitters, going 3-for-4, including a homer, scoring once and driving in one. Proctor was 1-for-3 with a homer, scoring twice and driving in two. Brant was 1-for-3, scored one and driving in two. Neate and Mohr had identical stat lines — 1-for-3 with a double and one RBI.
For the Lady Mustangs, Rowe went 1-for-3 with a homer, scored once and drove in one. Wyss was 1-for-3 with a double and drove in two.
Davis took the loss, throwing 3.2 innings, yielding six runs, all earned, on seven hits, striking out three, walking one and hitting three batters.
Rowe relieved and pitched the remaining 2.1 innings, giving up one run, earned, on one hit, walking one and striking out one.
Allen East (ab-r-h-rbi)
Rowe ss/p 3-1-1-1, Rodriguez 1b/ss 2-1-1-0, Conkle c 3-0-1-0, Schantz 3b 2-1-0-0, Wyss cf 3-0-1-2, Mertz 3-0-0-0, Sizemore dp 3-0-1-0, Meeker rf 0-0-0-0, Aubrin p/dh 2-0-0-0, Rex 1b 1-0-0-0, Richardson 3-0-0-0. Totals 25-3-5-3.
Doner cf 4-3-3-1, Proctor dp 3-2-1-2, Brant 2b 3-1-1-2, Springer lf 2-1-1-0, Neate ss 3-0-1-1, Mohr 3b 3-0-1-1, Calvert c 3-0-0-0, Ashbaugh 1b 2-0-0-0, Thatcher rf 3-0-0-0, McClure p 0-0-0-0. Totals 26-7-8-7.
Score by Innings:
Allen East 000 101 0 - 3 5 1
Lincolnview 301 201 x 0 7 8 0
WP: McClure; LP: Davis. DP: Allen East 1. LOB: Allen East 4, Lincolnview 6. 2B: Wyss, Neate, Mohr. HR: Rowe, Doner, Proctor.
Mustangs edge by Lancers
RURAL MIDDLE POINT — Allen East scored four times in the top top of the sixth frame en route to a 5-3 Northwest Conference baseball victory over Lincolnview at Lincolnview High School.
Kyle Williams (1-1) took the loss for the Lancers (5-10, 2-4 NWC).
“Kyle did a good job for us on the mound again and we just couldn’t get a win for him. We continue to play fairly well on defense,” Lincolnview coach Kevin Longstreth noted. “We need to continue to develop at the plate. We have taken enough reps and played enough games for us to be better hitters than we are showing.”
Next game is at Wayne Trace tonight (5 p.m.).
ab r h rbi
Nick Leeth 2 2 0 0, Kyle Williams 4 0 1 0, Matt Oechsle 4 0 0 0, Conner McCleery 1 1 1 2, Austin Leeth 3 0 1 0, Derek Youtsey 3 0 0 0, Derek Friesner 2 0 1 0, Tyler Richey 3 0 0 0, Troy Patterson 3 0 1 1, Austin Leeth 3 0 0 0. Totals 28 3 5 3.
Score by Innings:
Allen East 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 - 5
Lincolnview 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 - 3
SB: N. Leeth 3.