A Lincolnview infielder tags a sliding Crestview runner during Thursday’s softball game. The Lady Knights were victorious, defeating the Lady Lancers 8-4. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
A Lincolnview infielder tags a sliding Crestview runner during Thursday’s softball game. The Lady Knights were victorious, defeating the Lady Lancers 8-4. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)

MIDDLEPOINT- The Lincolnview Lady Lancers faced off against arch rival and conference foe the Crestview Lady Knights at Lincolnview High School on Thursday night in high school softball action. The Lady Knights got a big first inning to propel Crestview to an 8-4 victory in the Northwest Conference.

Crestview started off the top of the first inning with a bang as lead-off hitter Brooke Bowen doubles to start the game. The next four Lady Knight batters reached base. Lauren Schmid, Kirstin Hicks, Terra Crowle, and Mackenzie Riggenbach pushed across four runs in the first inning.

With the Knights up 4-0, three straight Lancer batters, Autumn Protactor, Macey Ashbaugh and Devann Springer, walked to start the bottom on the first. The next batter, Baylee Neate, was hit by pitch to bring in the first Lincolnview run to bring the score, 4-1 Crestview. The Lady Knights pitcher Crowle was able to strike out the next two batters to efficiently end the Lady Lancers rally.

The Lady Knights added to their lead in the top of the second frame getting a lead off double from Courtney Grote. Grote came around to dent home plate on a Bowen RBI single to run the Knight lead to 5-1. Schmid singled followed by an RBI single off the bat of Hicks.



With the score 6-1 in the bottom of the third, Springer walked and Neate was hit by a pitch. Macala Ashbaugh singled home two runs to cut the Crestview lead to 6-3.

In the top of the fifth, Crowle walked and Brady Guest doubled her home to make it 7-3 Crestview. In the sixth Schmidt bunted Cora Millay home on a squeeze play, and the Knights lead grew to 8-3.

Lincolnview scored one in its last inning as the Lady Lancers got a double from Springer and a single from Neate to put the squeeze on Crestview. Julia Thatcher drove in one on a groundout to first base but a two-out pop out ended the threat.

“Tough battle with Crestview. Forget last year and the record. They have everybody back pretty much. Crowle their pitcher had a nice pitching performance. The game started out rough, and I was a little nervous, but the girls battle back. Usually they shut down against Crestview. I was happy with the fact that we didn’t give up. Both Crowle and Ashley I thought pitched a nice game. The big thing is we kept fighting and stuck with them, and I thought that was a plus. Crestview is always going to be tough,” said Lincolnview coach Kent McClure.

“Lincolnview is a very good ball club. They were one of the ball clubs that we thought we would have to beat if we wanted to compete for the conference title. We were able to put the ball in play and force them to make some plays. We got some key hits at the right time and were able to battle and get up early. Then momentum switched, but we were able to get those last couple runs to win the game. When we play on the road I like to come out quick and jump on our oppenents like we did today,” said Crestview coach Carl Etzler.

The Knights are now 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the NWC. The Lancers drop to 1-4 on the season and 0-1 in the NWC.

WP: Terra Crowle (CV)
7 Innings 4 runs 6 walk 5 hits 2 HBP 6 strikeouts
LP: Ashley McClure (LV)
7 Innings 8 runs 1 walk 11 hits 1 strikeout
Doubles:
Brooke Bowen (CV), Courtney Grote (CV), Devann Springer (LV)