By Jim Metcalfe
DHI Media Correspondent
sports@timesbulletin.com
VAN WERT — Bad things happen when you give a team extra outs.
Lincolnview’s defense made too many mistakes in the field, committing seven errors, as the Lancers fell 7-2 to host Van Wert in an ACME summer baseball game on Monday evening at Smiley Park.
Lancer left-hander Jalen Roberts was the hard-luck loser, giving up only four hits and four walks in six innings of work. Of the seven runs he allowed, none were earned. He fanned four. Cougar righty Kaleb Jenkins also threw a complete game. The Cougars committed four miscues.
Austin Leeth had the only multi-hit game at the plate for either unit — as well as the only extra-base hit with a double — going 2-for-3 for the Lancers with a walk and a run scored. Keli Ralston scored the only other Lancer run.
Caleb Fetzer had the best day at the plate for the Cougars, knocking home two runs with a pair of sacrifice flies. The Cougars also stole seven bases, four by Ryan Stoller, including one of home.


The Cougars got their first unearned tally in the bottom of the first, started by a 2-out error on a Brant Henry grounder. He stole second, took third on a wild pitch and then, after a walk to Stoller, scored on a third strike in the dirt.
The Lancers had their first base-runner in the top of the third with two down — a tough-hop single by Cole Schmersal past third baseman Fetzer — but he was promptly caught stealing by Ryan McCracken for the third out.
The Cougars put up a 4-spot in the home third with only one hit: an infield single by Gavin Cross. Three errors, two sacrifices, a walk and a sacrifice fly by Fetzer helped account for the scored runs (Henry, Stoller, Cross, Gavin Gardner) and a 5-0 edge.
Van Wert tallied its final two runs in the fourth, also with one hit: a leadoff knock by B.J. Covey. Another error helped open the door. Fetzer’s sac fly scored Covey and later, Stoller stole home to make it 7-0.
Lincolnview got Ralston aboard to start the top of the fifth on a strikeout/wild pitch, advancing him on a Chayten Overholt groundout and a 2-out liner by Leeth. Ralston scored on a misplayed grounder hit by Dalton Schmersal for a 7-1 deficit, but the Lancers left runners at second and third.
Lincolnview got another run in the seventh with two gone. Leeth doubled to right center and came home via a 2-base throwing error on Dalton Schmersal’s grounder.
Lincolnview hosts St. John’s on Wednesday, while Van Wert is slated to visit Crestview.