St. Henry takes advantage of Lancer miscues in 10-0 rout
Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:00 AM
By John Parent
Lincolnview’s Jalen Roberts works from the stretch during the second inning against St. Henry on Wednesday evening. Roberts was saddled with a loss despite yielding zero earned runs in his outing. (Times Bulletin/John Parent)
Times Bulletin Sports Editor
ST. HENRY — You can’t give good teams extra outs. If you do, sooner or later, they will take advantage.
St. Henry, now 8-1 on the season, took advantage to the tune of nine unearned runs in a 10-0 win over visiting Lincolnview on Wednesday evening, scoring the game-ending run with one out in the sixth.
Though the score was lopsided, Lincolnview (1-8) had multiple chances to keep the game scoreless through three innings, but a couple of key defensive miscues opened the floodgates for the Redskins.
Lancer starter Jalen Roberts faced a bases-loaded, one out situation, but looked like he would wiggle out of the jam. The southpaw battled cleanup hitter Jeff Paul until getting the swinging strikeout on the seventh pitch of the at bat. When D. J. Kunkler wandered too far off of third base after the pitch, Lincolnview had him caught in a pickle. Lancer catcher Tyler Richey and third baseman Derrek Youtsey exchanged throws, but Kunkler was able to escape to the safety of third base to keep the inning alive.
The next batter, catcher Briar Holloman, hit a one-hop smash right at the shortstop, but the ball kicked away from the Lancer defender and all hands were safe.
The Redskins, sensing an opening, kicked the door in with back-to-back two-run singles to establish a 5-0 lead.
“It was more the play before that, when the kid came down the line and we had him in a pickle,” Lincolnview coach Kevin Longstreth said of the untimely mistakes by the Lancer defense. “You work on that stuff non-stop in the spring and you expect to make that play. If we make that play, we get out of the inning. We didn’t make the plays and we gave them two extra outs in that inning, and they did what good teams do.”
It was more of the same in the fourth.
After getting the first batter of the frame, Roberts allowed a base-hit to right field, but Mitchell Stammen wound up at second base when the ball was mis-played in the outfield. One out later, Andrew Lundvall sliced a drive down the left-field line that eluded a diving effort by Derek Friesner, allowing Stammen to score on the play.
After consecutive walks loaded the bases, Roberts looked like he was out of the inning when he got Garrett Stout to loft a lazy fly ball to shallow center field. With the wind howling, no fly ball was easy, however, and it popped free of the Lancer defender’s grasp, bringing three more runs home.
Lincolnview got the offense started early, when shortstop Austin Leeth beat out an infield single to deep short in the top of the first. After a sacrifice moved him to second, Leeth took third on Connor McCleery’s ground ball, with McCleery reaching safely on an error by the first baseman.
Friesner then hit a fly ball to center and Leeth tagged at third, but a strong throw by Paul cut the run down at the plate.
Leeth was also thrown out at the plate to end the third inning when he tried to score from second on another error by the Redskins. This time, first baseman James Jansen recovered in time to nail the runner at home. Lincolnview wouldn’t threaten again.
“Early on we had some better at bats, and hit the ball a little bit harder,” Longstreth noted. “We were being aggressive, which is what we want to do, but they made some good plays to keep us from scoring.”
Though Roberts was saddled with the loss, he showed poise in working through defensive mistakes while frequently pitching from behind in the count.
For the game, Roberts was charged with nine runs (zero earned) in 3.2 innings pitched. He allowed six hits and five walks while striking out four. He threw 43 of his 88 pitches for strikes.
“Jalen has to throw two pitches (fastball and breaking ball) for strikes consistently to be where he needs to be, “Longstreth said. “He was getting by with some control with his fastball, but his curveball, I think he might have only thrown three or four for strikes. After the second inning, they (St. Henry) started catching up to him.”
Lincolnview 000 000- 0 2 5
St. Henry 005 401- 10 8 2
Leeth ss-p 3-0-1-0, D. Schmersal cf-ss 3-0-0-0, McCleery 1b 3-0-1-0, Friesner lf 2-0-0-0, Youtsey 3b 2-0-0-0, C. Schmersal rf 2-0-0-0, Richey c 2-0-0-0, Roberts p-cf 2-0-0-0, Patterson 2b 2-0-0-0
St. Henry (ab-r-h-rbi)
Stammen ss 3-2-2-0, Kremer 2b 2-0-0-0, Lundvall rf 2-2-1-1, Paul c 3-1-0-0, x- Dorner ph-2b 1-0-0-0, Holloman c 2-2-0-0, x- Bills ph-lf 0-1-0-0, Stout lf-cf 4-1-1-0, Mikesell dh 2-0-1-2, x- Jansen 1b 1-0-1-1, Jacobs p 3-0-0-0, Kunkler 3b 3-1-2-0
2B- Lundvall (SH)
WP- Jacobs 6.0 IP 0 R 0 ER 2 H 0 BB 2 K 76 pitches
LP- Roberts 3.2 IP 9 R 0 ER 6 H 5 BB 4 K 88 pitches