|Lady Lancers open tourney with solid win over Bearcats|
|Sunday, May 12, 2013 11:45 PM|
By JIM COX
MIDDLE POINT - Lincolnview put together another solid all-around performance in Saturday’s Division IV sectional semifinal, topping an underrated Spencerville team 6-2. The Lancers, now 15-3, will play Crestview Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the sectional final. The Lady Bearcats are 4-17 with three regular-season games remaining.
Lincolnview hurler Ashley McClure was the main story in this one, going the distance, yielding two runs, one earned, while striking out four and walking only one. She was remarkably efficient, throwing only 74 pitches, of which 57 were strikes.
The Lancers jumped on Bearcat starter Alex Shumate in the bottom of the first, scoring twice. Jodie Doner led off by ripping a single to left. Courtney Gorman bunted perfectly and the speedy Doner, off with the pitch, made it all the way to third, from where she scored on a wild pitch. Shumate then plunked Kaitlyn Brant with a change-up and Baylee Neate drove in Brant with a double to deep center.
The ‘Cats closed the gap to 2-1 in the second when Mackenzie Ringwald reached on an error, went to third on a single to center by Caitlin Propst and came in on a bouncer to short by Hanna Keller, when the throw home was a split-second late.
Lincolnview upped the ante to 3-1 in the third on two Bearcat errors but Spencerville trumped that run in the fourth on a single to center by Haleigh Mull and a bloop double down the right-field line by Shelby Mulholland.
The Lancers came back with another tally in their half of the fourth. Julia Thatcher lined a 1-out single up the middle, stole second and came in when Doner lined a double to the gap in left center. That made it 4-2 after four.
With the game very much in the balance, the blue and gold added two insurance runs in the fifth. Devonn Springer bounced an infield single up the middle, despite a fine diving grab by shortstop Alyssa Mulholland. Springer moved to second on a groundout, then scored on a bloop single to left by Lauren Calvert. Macey Ashbaugh squibbed an infield single down the third-base line, putting runners on the corners, and Thatcher drove in Calvert with a line single to left. Doner (3-for-4, including a double, 1 run, 1 RBI), Thatcher (3-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs) and Springer (2-for-4, 2 runs) led the Lancer offense.
The Bearcats’ four hits came from four different batters: Mull, Shelby Mulholland, Propst and Alli Gilroy. Shumate went the distance for Spencerville, giving up six runs, five earned, and 11 hits in her six innings. She struck out five, walked only one and hit two batters, throwing 117 pitches, of which 78 were strikes.
“She’s a freshman,” said Bearcat coach Jeff Johnston of Shumate. “She moved the ball around a lot. She mixed the speeds up. She’s got some learning to do but she’s gonna be a good one.”
“Spencerville is a very nice team,” said Lancer coach Kent McClure. “Their record may not show it but they’ve got two nice pitchers and they’ve got some nice bats. The Northwest Conference…I tell you…I’m pumped about it. I’m proud of it. I think we’ve shown ourselves pretty well.”
“That’s our 11th loss by four runs or less,” said Johnston. “We’re right in everything. It’s just that you gotta learn to win, learn to finish games. We get hits. We just had trouble stringing them together today. I’m real proud of ‘em. They played hard. Nobody quit.”
McClure was happy but not exactly elated after the game, possibly due to the fact that the Lancers left nine runners on base.
“The last five games now, we’re 4-1, but kind of in a slump,” he added. “We hit the ball but it wasn’t clutch hitting. We’re just not hitting it when we need to get those runs in. But our girls never give up. The mindset is different now for Lincolnview softball.”
Spencerville visits Ottoville 5 p.m. tonight.
Alyssa Mulholland ss 4-0-0-0, Shumate p 3-0-0-0, Johnston 3b 3-0-0-0, Mull c 3-1-1-0, Ringwald cf 3-1-0-0, Shelby Mulholland 1b 3-0-1-1, Propst dh 3-0-1-0, Keller lf 2-0-0-1, Hollar pr 0-0-0-0, Gilroy 2b 3-0-1-0, Lee rf 0-0-0-0. Totals 27-2-4-2.
Doner cf 4-1-3-1, Gorman dh 3-0-0-0, Brant 2b 2-1-0-0, Springer lf 4-2-2-0, Neate ss 4-0-1-1, Mohr 3b 4-0-0-0, Calvert c 3-1-1-1, Ashbaugh 1b 3-0-1-0, Thatcher rf 3-1-3-2, McClure p 0-0-0-0. Totals 30-6-11-5.
Score by Innings:
Spencerville 010 100 0 - 2 4 3
Lincolnview 201 120 x - 6 11 1
WP: McClure; LP: Shumate. LOB: Spencerville 5, Lincolnview 9. 2B: S. Mulholland, Neate, Doner
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