BY JOHN PARENT
Times Bulletin Sports Editor
DELPHOS — Tyler Rice worked six solid innings on the mound and helped his own cause with a pair of doubles and two runs scored as the Jefferson Wildcats evened their record at 5-5 with an 8-3 win over Northwest Conference rival Lincolnview on Monday evening.
The Jeffcats wasted little time in jumping on Lancer starter Eli Farmer as right fielder Ryan Bullinger lined a sharp single to center with one out in the bottom of the first. Farmer then fell behind Ross Thompson and the senior was sitting on a fastball and didn’t miss the Farmer offering, driving the ball into the left-center field gap for a double. Bullinger came home with the game’s first run when Austin Jettinghoff lifted a fly ball to medium-depth left field for a sacrifice fly and run batted in.
The Wildcats tacked on two more runs in the second.
After Farmer retired the first two batters on the frame, a 5-pitch walk to the number nine batter, Nick Fitch, ignited a Jefferson rally. Jace Stockwell found the gap and cruised into second with a double, moving Fitch to third. The Jefferson cacher came home on a wild pitch,and Bullinger’s slow roller to short became an RBI single when he beat Austin Leeth’s throw to first, allowing Stockwell to score.
Those runs looked like they might be huge when the Lancers mounted a threat in the top of the third. After Rice had faced the minimum through two, he ran into control problems facing the bottom of the Lincolnview order.