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Sunday, May 12, 2013 11:55 PM


DHI Correspondent


CONVOY – Kyle Williams hit a RBI single that scored Nick Leeth in the top of the sixth inning and Lincolnview made it stand up, posting a 5-4 victory over Spencerville in Division IV sectional baseball action at Crestview Saturday.

The Lancers advance to meet second-seeded Ottoville on Wednesday at Crestview in a 5 p.m. start.


Tied at 4-4 entering the sixth, Spencerville’s Tanner Koverman got strikeouts of Troy Patterson and Austin Leeth to open the inning. A walk to Nick Leeth opened the door for the Lancers. Leeth stole second before Williams hit a 1-2 pitch for a single to left to score Leeth and give Lincolnview a 5-4 lead. After Williams stole second, the Lancers’ Matt Oechsle walked to put two runners on. However, Koverman enticed Conner McCleery to fly out to rightfielder Sean Monfort to end the inning.


Neither the Bearcats nor Lancers would score in their next at-bats, keeping the score at 5-4 going to the bottom of the seventh.

With freshman Jalen Roberts on the hill, Koverman grounded out to start the inning before James Schaad struck out. Joel Shimp walked and a single by Monfort moved Shimp to second. However, the Lancers got the final putout from freshman third baseman Austin Leeth who forced out Shimp to end the contest.

Roberts picked up the victory, pitching 2 1/3 innings and giving up two hits and a walk while fanning four. Nick Leeth started and pitched 4 2/3 frames, allowing six hits, four runs and one walk with two strikeouts.

Nick Leeth had a double and scored two runs, with Williams adding two singles and two runs batted in. Oechsle also had a single, as did McCleery, Patterson and Derek Friesner. Derek Youtsey also reached base four times, walking three times and being hit by a pitch once.

Monfort ripped three singles for the Bearcats with Jonathan Shimp adding a double. Koverman, Schaad, Joel Shimp and Hunter French each added a single.

Koverman took the loss, allowing two hits, two runs and three walks in 2 1/3 innings of work. He also struck out five for Spencerville.

Joel Shimp started and gave up three runs, five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in four innings of action. Schaad finished for the red-and-black, walking one in 2/3 of an inning.


Lincolnview opened the scoring with two runs in the third. Patterson started the rally with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Leeth and scored on a RBI single by Williams. Oechsle then plated Williams with a run-scoring single to make it 2-0 Lancers.

The blue-and-gold added to the lead in the fifth. Nick Leeth led off with a double and took third on a wild pitch before scoring on a passed ball. Williams reached on a drop third strike and the Lancers took advantage. He moved to third on a single by McCleery before scoring on a ground ball by Tyler Richey to push the margin to 4-0.

Spencerville got all of its runs in the home half of the fifth.

With two outs and David Wisher on first, a walk to Koverman set up a run-scoring single by Schaad to plate Wisher. Joel Shimp and Monfort each followed with RBI singles to get Spencerville within 4-3 before Jonathan Shimp hit a run-scoring double to left that tied the game at 4-4 as Joel Shimp scored. Lincolnview escaped further damage, though, when Roberts struck out Wyatt Krouskop to end the inning.

The Bearcats visit Bluffton 5 p.m. today in Northwest Conference action before traveling to Kalida in non-league play Tuesday.

Last Updated on Sunday, May 12, 2013 11:56 PM

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