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Wednesday, May 07, 2014 8:13 PM

Bearcats come up short against Lancers

By KEVIN WANNEMACHER

DHI Correspondent

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RURAL MIDDLE POINT — In a preview of Monday’s sectional battle, Lincolnview and Spencerville hooked up in Northwest Conference softball action Wednesday evening at the home of the Lady Lancers.

Spencerville rallied from an early deficit but couldn’t hold on as the host Lancers scored three runs late in the game for a 5-3 win over the Lady Bearcats.

With the win, the blue and gold moves to 10-11 overall and 5-2 in the NWC while Spencerville is also 10-11 in all games but stands 2-6 in the league.

It was a good win for the blue and gold, who look to build some momentum heading into the tourney next week.

“We have put things together a little better here the last few games,” noted Lancer head coach Kent McClure. “We played better against Bluffton earlier this week and then tonight I thought we had another good effort. Hopefully, we can carry this forward and build on it tomorrow night too.”

Lincolnview pitcher Ashley McClure was dominant the first three innings, setting the Bearcats down in order in each frame.

Spencerville hurler Alex Shumate matched McClure pitch for pitch the first two innings before the hosts broke through in the third.

 

Autumn Proctor led off the third with a single before Shumate got Macey Ashbaugh to strike out for the first out. Julia Thatcher then followed with a bunt single to put runners at the corners before Proctor scored and Thatcher moved to second on a throwing error by Spencerville shortstop Megan Miller.

After Thatcher stole third, Bailey Neate grounded out to Shumate but Thatcher scored for a 2-0 Lancer advantage.

“We took advantage of opportunities tonight,” added the Lancer mentor. “The girls have started hitting the ball better and more consistently and they have done a good job of manufacturing runs.”

The lady Bearcats answered in the top of the fourth.

With one out, Kenzie Ringwald singled and Haleigh Mull reached on a Neate error to put runners at first and second. Tori Johnston followed with a double that scored Ringwald to get Spencerville within 2-1 and moved Mull to third.

Mull would later score on a passed ball as the visitors knotted the score at 2-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth.

Spencerville took its only lead of the night in the fifth.

Miller led off the inning with a single before Maddie Hollar struck out. Tiffany Work followed with a run-scoring triple to put the Bearcats in front 3-2.

“They are a very good hitting team and they showed that tonight,” commented the Lincolnview head coach.

In the home half of the inning, Macey Ashbaugh walked with one out and Thatcher followed with a double to move Ashbaugh to third. After Neate walked to load the bases, Devann Springer reached on an error by Bearcat shortstop Destiny Price that allowed both Ashbaugh and Thatcher to score.

The Bearcats escaped further damage as Shumate got Macala Ashbaugh to fly out before Ashley McClure groundout to end the inning with the Lancers in front 4-3.

“It was a big momentum swing to answer their run by getting back in the lead,” stated the elder McClure. “The girls did a good job of responding to the challenge.”

Lincolnview added another run in the sixth. Kelsey Mohr doubled to start the inning, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Thatcher to push the margin to 5-3.

The Bearcats would make things interesting in the seventh, though.

Shumate singled but was forced out at second by Alix Hamrick. With one out, Hamrick moved to second on a wild pitch before Hollar struck out for the second out.

After Work was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second, Ringwald flew out to Proctor in center field to end the contest.

“It’s good to get the win but the next time will be another good game between us,” stated Lincolnview’s mentor. “They didn’t throw their best pitcher against us so we know it will be a challenge.”

Miller (single), Shumate (single), Johnston (double), Ringwald (single) and Work (triple) all had hits for Spencerville. Shumate suffered the loss, tossing six innings while allowing seven hits, two walks and one earned run while fanning three.

Ashley McClure picked up the win for the Lancers, scattering five hits, two earned runs and two walks with 11 strikeouts.

Thatcher (single, double), Springer (single), Macala Ashbaugh (single), Ashley McClure (single), Mohr (double) and Proctor (single) picked up hits for Lincolnview.

The game started approximately eight minutes late as both the Lincolnview and Spencerville seniors were honored prior to the game along with OHSAA Umpire Roger Barker. The contest between the Lancers and Bearcats was Barker’s last game as a high school softball umpire after many years of service. Bearcat seniors honored included Elisha Satterfield, Haleigh Mull, Ashley King and Tori Johnston. Lancer seniors included Ashley McClure, Kelsey Mohr and Macey Ashbaugh.

The two squads will square off again in sectional action on Monday at Spencerville High School with a 5 p.m. start.

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Elida belts out 11-2 win over Cougs

ELIDA — Elida got the bats out and made them pay off for a 11-2 Western Buckeye League baseball triumph over Van Wert Wednesday at Ed Sandy Memorial Field.

The Bulldogs only out-hit the Cougars 10-9 but also took advantage of seven walks from three Cougar hurlers and five errors to help matters.

Max Stambaugh went the distance for the victors, ceding nine hits and two earned runs. He walked one and fanned five.

Ethan Williams took the loss in three innings. He gave up four hits and six runs but only one earned. He walked four and fanned two.

Josh Bull led the Bulldogs with a 3-for-4 day at the plate (2 runs scored); Stambaugh (2 runs batted in, 1 run) and Jared Blymyer (2 RBIs) both added 2-for-4.

Ryan Stoller was a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish for the Cougars (RBI, run) and Mason Carr was 2-for-3 (run).

Elida hosts Lima Senior today and Van Wert hosts St. Henry.

VAN WERT (2)

ab r h rbi

Justice Tussing 3 0 1 0, Nathan Stoller 4 0 1 0, Brant Henry 4 0 0 0, Tyler Williams 4 0 1 0, Mason Carr 3 1 2 0, Gavin Gardner 3 0 0 0, Ryan Stoller 3 1 3 1, Sean Miller 3 0 1 1, Josh Braun 3 0 0 0. Totals 30 2 9 2.

ELIDA (11)

ab r h rbi

Austin Morrison 4 1 0 0, Josh Bull 4 2 3 0, Adam Purdy 1 3 1 1, Max Stambaugh 4 1 2 2, Logan Alexander 3 0 0 1, Garrett Brinkman 1 1 1 2, Travis Watkins 4 1 1 1, Jared Blymyer 4 0 2 2, Riley Overholt 3 0 0 0, Justin Murphy 2 2 0 1. Totals 30 11 10 10.

Score by Innings:

Van Wert 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 2

Elida 0 0 5 3 0 3 x - 11

E: Williams 2, Ja. Braun 2, Jo. Braun. LOB: Van Wert 8, Elida 8. 2B: Stoller, Blymyer, Watkins. SB: Carr, Tussing, Blymyer.

IP H R ER BB SO

VAN WERT

E. Williams (L) 3.0 4 6 1 4 2

Jacob Braun 2.3 6 5 5 2 2

Jacob Williamson 0.67 0 0 0 1 0

ELIDA

Max Stambaugh (W) 7.0 9 2 2 1 5

PB: Miller. WP: Stambaugh. BALK: E. Williams. SO: Josh Braun 2, Alexander 2, Henry, Miller, Gardner, Overholt, Morrison. BB: Purdy 3, Murphy 2, Tussing, Overholt, Morrison.

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Grove whips LadyCats

KALIDA — The Kalida softballers lost to Columbus Grove 23-7 Wednesday afternoon at home.

Kalida had 10 hits, while Grove had 13 hits.

Kyrah Yinger went 2-for-3 for the victors (2 triples), while Micah Stechschulte went 2-for-4 with a home run and Katie Noose 3-for-5 with two doubles.

Score by Innings:

Col. Grove 8 1 3 7 4 - 23

Kalida 1 1 1 0 4 - 7

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Lincolnview grabs NWC BB win over Spencerville

RURAL MIDDLE POINT — Lincolnview downed Spencerville 10-7 in Northwest Conference baseball action Wednesday at Lincolnview High School.

Jalen Roberts got the win with 4 1/3 innings of work (3 hits, 4 runs, 6 bases-on-balls, 4 strikeouts) to lead the Lancers to a 6-9 mark (5-2 NWC).

Jon Shimp gave up five runs in two innings of pitching (5 ERs, 5 hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks).

Kyle Williams had two doubles to pace the 10-hit Lancer attack.

Jacob Meyer (2 runs batted in) and Thad Ringwald each had two hits for the Bearcats (7-9, 2-5), while Brady Becker had a double and two ribbies.

Both teams hit the road tonight: Lincolnview at Columbus Grove and Spencerville at Allen East.

Score by Innings:

Spencerville 0 3 1 0 0 1 2 - 7 7 3

Lincolnview 0 0 4 5 0 1 x - 10 10 4

WP: Roberts; LP: Jon Shimp. 2B: Kyle Williams 2 (L), Brady Becker (S), Derek Youtsey (L).

Last Updated on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 8:25 PM
 

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