By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — Jefferson’s softball unit put together its best all-around effort in a long time as the Lady Wildcats entertained Northwest Conference foe Lincolnview on a damp spring Monday afternoon.
Unfortunately, they couldn’t quite finish the deal as the Lady Lancers rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the final three frames to escape with a 6-4 triumph.
Both pitchers went the distance.
Jefferson (0-8, 0-2 NWC) sophomore Claire Thompson (0-4) gave up seven hits and six runs (5 earned), walked two and fanned two in her 95-pitch (65 for strikes) outing.
Lincolnview (3-4, 1-1) senior Ashley McClure (3-4) had to work harder in her 161-pitch effort (93 for strikes): nine hits, four earned runs, five bases-on-balls, 10 strikeouts.
Number 8 hitter Sophia Wilson led the hosts with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate (1 run batted in), while second hitter Samantha Branham was 2-for-4 (RBI).
On behalf of the guests, Macey Ashbaugh (RBI, run) and Julia Thatcher (RBI, run) both went 2-for-4.
The Wildcats return to the diamond Wednesday at Perry, while Lincolnview hosts Lima Central Catholic Thursday.
Score by Innings:
Lincolnview 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 - 6 8 1
Jefferson 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 - 4 9 2
Ashley McClure and Julia Thatcher; Claire Thompson and Samantha Branham. WP: McClure (3-4); LP: Thompson (0-4). LOB: Lincolnview 5, Jefferson 10. 2B: Lincolnview - Thatcher 2, Macey Ashbaugh, Bailey Neate; Jefferson - Thompson. SB: Lincolnview - Ashbaugh; Jefferson - Hannah Sensibaugh. Sac: Lincolnview - Macala Ashbaugh. SF: Jefferson - Sensibaugh.
(Longer article and box score in Wednesday’s paper)