Lady Lancers split pair at Celina quad
Monday, April 21, 2014 12:00 AM
By Nick Johnson
Lincolnview catcher Julia Thatcher awaits a throw toward the plate in this file photo. Thatcher homered in the Lady Lancers’ loss to Celina on Saturday. (TB file photo)
Times Bulletin Correspondent
CELINA — Lincolnview roared past Fort Recovery on Saturday afternoon as part of a softball quad in Celina, winning by a 12-2 final. Unfortunately, the tide turned quickly for the Lancers, as they fell to Celina in the second game of the day, also by a 12-2 spread.
The Lady Lancers bats started getting hot in the third inning against the Lady Indians in game one. Ashley McClure and Macey Ashbaugh each collected one-out singles in the inning, but Lincolnview couldn’t push a run across.
Lincolnview broke through in the top of the fourth, as Baylee Neate walked to start the frame and came around to score on a Mikenna Klinger RBI single, making it 1-0 Lancers.
In the fifth, Lincolnview began to open things up.
Macey Ashbaugh and Julia Thatcher singled to start the frame, and both girls rode home on Devann Springer’s two-run double. A pair of run-producing outs by Macala Ashbaugh and Kelsey Mohr gave the Lancers a 5-0 cushion.
In the top of the sixth, the Lady Lancers loaded the bases for Neate who came through with a two-run single and Macala Ashbaugh drove in a run with a base hit to build a 9-0 advantage for the Lady Lancers.
Lincolnview got three more runs in the seventh inning including a two-run double by Macala Ashbaugh.
“Much-needed win. We are pretty much a rollercoaster-type team right now, but I’m glad to see we hit the ball well,” said Lancer head coach Kent McClure. “They had a nice pitcher and we saw some much-needed pitches. We were a little bit more disciplined at the plate. Ashley had a good outing (in the circle) and we had a second game so we brought Macala who pitched well. Defensively, we got some nice play, so I’m happy.”
Lincolnview got a homer from Thatcher and an RBI-single from Zoey Miller in the first two innings but were held scoreless for the rest of the game against Celina.
Meanwhile, the Lady Bulldogs were able to connect on three long balls, one each from Kaity Kuhn, Alexis Zacharias, and Callie Vogel. All were solo shots. Celina also got a double from Vogel and a triple from Stephanie Walter to help push across the 12 runs.
Ash;ey McClure started both games for the Lady Lancers in the circle, getting the win in the first game and suffering the loss in game two. McClure pitched a total of nine innings on the afternoon giving up 12 runs, but allowing seven hits, eight walks and punching out 16 batters on the afternoon.
“They are a good hitting team, I’m not taking anything away from them,” Kent McClure said following the loss to Celina. “They have a nice pitcher, but they got the strike zone and we didn’t. It (the final score) wasn’t all that, but it was a good part of that. When a catcher doesn’t move on a catch and it’s a ball it’s in my gut ‘what the heck is going on?’ So we had to put it on a platter. That’s why they were hitting the crap out of it, but that’s not to take anything away from (Celina). We had Julia hit a home run and got a younger kid get a RBI base hit, but it’s just too bad that behind the plate didn’t go both ways.”
Lincolnview’s record goes to 4-7 on the season after the split.
WP: Ashley McClure (LV) 4.0 IP 1 H 7 K
4 innings one hit 7 strikeouts
LP: Ashley Homan (FR) ?5.0 IP 5 R 7 H 1 BB 5 K
Double Devann Springer (LV), Mikenna Klinger (LV), Macala Ashbaugh (LV)
WP: Melody Donovan (Cel) 5.0 IP 2 R 3 H 4 BB 8 K
LP: Ashley McClure (LV) ?5 IP 12 R 6 H 8 BB 9 K
HR: Julia Thatcher (LV), Kaity Kuhn (CB), Alexis Zacharias (CB), Callie Vogel (CB) Triple: Stephanie Walter (CB)
Double: Callie Vogel (CB)