Big sixth inning leads Upper Scioto Valley past Lady Lancers
Thursday, May 01, 2014 12:00 AM
By Kevin Wannemacher
Lincolnview catcher Julia Thatcher takes a swing during the Lancers’ 9-3 loss to Upper Scioto Valley on Wednesday. Thatcher and the Lancers fell to 6-10 in defeat. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
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MIDDLE POINT — Upper Scioto Valley scored five runs in the sixth inning, rallying from an early 3-0 deficit to post a 9-3 win over Lincolnview in non-league softball action Wednesday evening.
It was the Lady Lancers who struck first, plating a pair of runs in the opening frame.
Macey Ashbaugh started the Lancer rally with a double to left field before a single by Autumn Proctor put runners at the corners. After Proctor took second without a throw, Devann Springer flied to center field for the first out. The Lancers got on the scoreboard as a wild pitch to Baylee Neate plated Ashbaugh and moved Proctor to third to make it 1-0. Neate then followed with an infield single that scored Proctor as the blue-and-gold went in front 2-0.
Upper Scioto Valley escaped further damage, though, when catcher Maddy Lowery threw out Neate attempting to steal second for the second out followed by a groundout by Julia Thatcher.
Lincolnview pushed the margin to 3-0 in the bottom of the second. Kelsey Mohr flew out to start the inning before Mikenna Klinger drew a walk. Klinger stole second and came around to score on a two-out single by Ashbaugh to make it 3-0.
Lancer pitcher Ashley McClure cruised through the Ram half of the third, getting a pair of strikeouts in the frame, to give the hosts a chance to widen the lead further.
The Lady Lancers loaded the bases with two outs after a Neate single and a walk to Mohr, sandwiched around Thatcher reaching via a USV error. Ram hurler Kylie Hites stopped the threat, though, getting Klinger to pop out to end the inning.
“We have to do a better job of taking advantage of opportunities when we get them,” noted Lancer head coach Kent McClure. “Doing the little things and eliminating mistakes are two key areas we need to improve on.”
With Lincolnview in front 3-0, the Rams started their comeback in the fifth.
Chloe Hunsicker ignited the rally with a double to start the inning and scored on a RBI single by Bree Mullins. Following a single by Ashley Hoy that put runners on first and second, a wild pitch advanced both runners one base.
The inning, though, took a big shift in momentum on the next play. Maddy Lowery’s ground ball was fielded by Neate at shortstop who threw home to shoot down Mullins at home plate for the second out. Lancer freshman pitcher Macala Ashbaugh, who had entered in relief to start the inning, then fanned the Rams’ Abby Fry to end the threat.
“Macala is young yet and she is going to just keep getting better,” added the elder McClure. “She will just keep getting stronger. We wanted to get Ashley a few innings and then get her out before tomorrow’s league game and Macala has done a nice job for us this year.”
Upper Scioto Valley, though, took control in the sixth.
Payton Sanders, Hites and Hunsicker drew consecutive walks to start the inning before a bases-loaded walk to Taylor Lawrence plated Sanders and made it 3-2.
Mullins then followed with a single to center that got away from the Lancer center fielder, clearing the bases and putting the Rams on top 5-3 with Mullins at third.
“Opportunities were there and we didn’t take advantage offensively,” commented the Lancer mentor. “Defensively, we made some errors and we weren’t able to overcome those things. It’s been an issue for us this year, and we have to find a way to get better in those areas.”
Bree Mullins then scored on a RBI single by Shelby Mullins to give Upper Scioto Valley a 6-3 advantage.
The Lady Rams then put the game away in the seventh.
With two outs and runners at second and third, Bree Mullins picked up her fourth hit of the night with a double to right center that scored both runners for an 8-3 lead. Hoy followed with a single that plated Bree Mullins to make it 9-3 Rams.
From there, Hites shut the door. The Ram pitcher got Springer and Neate to fly out before Macala Ashbaugh grounded out to end the contest.
Bree Mullins finished the night with three singles and a double while driving in five runs to lead the lady Rams, who move to 7-10 on the season. Hoy added two singles and an RBI with Hunsicker recording a double. Shelby Mullins, Hites, Sanders and Lowery also had singles.
Hites tossed the complete game victory, giving up ten hits and two walks with one strikeout.
Macala Ashbaugh suffered the loss for Lincolnview, allowing nine hits, nine runs and five walks with two strikeouts in three innings of work. Ashley McClure tossed four innings, scattering a pair of hits and two walks while fanning nine.
Macey Ashbaugh posted a single and a double for the Lady Lancers, who drop to 6-10. Proctor also had two singles for Lincolnview with Neate recording three singles. Macala Ashbaugh added a single and Ashley McClure chipped in a pair of singles.