Lady Lancers shut down Kalida
Saturday, May 03, 2014 12:19 AM
By Jim Cox
Lincolnview first baseman Macey Ashbaugh stares down a fly ball during a game versus LCC in this file photo. Ashbaugh went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Lincolnview’s 7-1 win at Kalida on Friday. (TB file photo)
Times Bulletin Correspondent
KALIDA - The Lincolnview softball team is entering two important weeks, and it appears to be ready for the challenges that await. The Lady Lancers got solid pitching, hitting, and defense at Kalida on Friday to come away with a 7-1 win. Lincolnview is 8-10 overall. Kalida is 3-10.
The Lancers, who are 4-1 in the Northwest Conference, finish up their league season this coming week with games against Bluffton, Spencerville, and Columbus Grove. To grab at least a share of the title, Lincolnview must almost certainly win all three games and hope that Crestview (6-0 in the NWC) falters.
The Lancer hitters challenged the Ladycat outfielders continually, 14 times to be exact, whacking seven shots to left, five to center, and two to right. Only some solid defense by those Kalida outfielders kept the score as close as it was.
Lincolnview got an unearned run in the top of the first. Left-handed hitting first baseman Macey Ashbaugh started the inning with a line single up the middle and was bunted to second by catcher Julia Thatcher. Ashbaugh went to third on a passed ball and came home when the catcher’s attempted pick-off throw was wild.
The Lancers added a four-spot in the fourth while batting around. Those runs came on five walks and a two-run opposite-field single down the left field line by Ashbaugh. That made it 5-0, Lincolnview.
Kalida got its only score in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, catcher Sarah Hovest beat out her slow roller to shortstop. She advanced to second on a ground out, then came in on a booted bouncer.
Lincolnview made it 7-1 with two more in the fifth. Shortstop Baylee Neate started the inning by ripping a bouncer through the left side. Center fielder Devann Springer walked, and pitcher Ashley McClure bunted the runners to second and third. Third baseman Kelsey Mohr then plated them both with a bloop single to left.
McClure was again outstanding in the circle, going five innings and allowing only one run, unearned, and three hits while fanning five and walking one. Macala Ashbaugh pitched the last two innings, blanking the Cats on one hit, striking out one and walking nobody.
Kalida starter Sam Nagy battled through five innings of work, giving up seven runs, six earned, on seven hits, walking seven and striking out none. She threw 99 pitches — 45 in the fourth inning alone — of which 51 were strikes. Whitney Smith pitched the last two innings and was impressive, blanking the Lancers on two hits. All of her 15 pitches were strikes.
“Nice pitcher, not overpowering,” said Coach McClure of Nagy. “The speed wasn’t terribly slow. We have to make adjustments, get the timing down, make contact, put the ball in play, and we did that today. The last two days we’ve really hit the ball well, been patient, more disciplined, more timely hitting. I’m satisfied.”
Lincolnview hitters were led by Macey Ashbaugh (2-for-4, one run, two RBI), Mohr (1-for-3, one run, two RBI), second baseman McKenna Klinger (2-for-3, including a double, one run, one RBI), and DP Makenzie Kraft (2-for-2, one RBI). Kraft was in the lineup replacing regular center fielder Autumn Proctor, who was ill, requiring coach Kent McClure to do some position shuffling.
The Ladycats’ four hits — all singles — came from Hovest, center fielder Laine Laudick, shortstop Makenna Vorst, and first baseman Nicole Recker.
Lincolnview 100 420 0- 7 9 1
Kalida 000 100 0- 1 4 2
Macey Ashbaugh 1b 4-1-2-2, Thatcher c 2-0-0-0, Neate ss 4-0-1-0, Springer cf 1-2-0-0, Macala Ashbaugh rf/p 3-1-0-0, McClure p 1-1-0-0, Schroeder rf 1-0-0-0, Mohr 3b 3-1-1-2, Taylor 3b 1-0-1-0, Klinger 2b 3-1-2-1, Miller 2b 0-0-0-0, Kraft dp 2-0-2-1, Davis lf 1-0-0-0, Longwell lf 0-0-0-0
Laudick cf 4-0-1-0, Doepker 2b 2-0-0-0, Vorst ss 3-0-1-0, Nicole Recker 1b 3-0-1-0, Hovest c 3-1-1-0, Wehri lf 3-0-0-0, Nagy p 1-0-0-0, Schmenk cr 0-0-0-0, Kortokrax dp 3-0-0-0, Kiersten Recker rf 1-0-0-0, Wurth rf 2-0-0-0, Smith 3b/p 0-0-0-0