Jefferson’s Easton Siefker takes his lead from first base as Wyatt Scmersal (2) holds the runner. Schmersal and the Lancers claimed a 9-6 win to open their ACME season. (DHI Media/John Parent)
Jefferson’s Easton Siefker takes his lead from first base as Wyatt Scmersal (2) holds the runner. Schmersal and the Lancers claimed a 9-6 win to open their ACME season. (DHI Media/John Parent)
By Nick Johnson
DHI Media Correspondent
sports@timesbulletin.com
MIDDLE POINT — The Lincolnview AMCE baseball team opened the season with a 9-6 win over visiting Delphos Jefferson on Friday night.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard quickly in the top of the first, as Jace Stockwell and Ryan Bullinger each reached base on hard-hit balls. Stockwell came around to score on a bases-loaded hit by pitch on Jacob Pulford and, one batter later, Nick Fitch flew out to deep center field to allow Bullinger to make the score 2-0, Wildcats.
The Lancers got down to business in the bottom of the second, when Jacob Pollock and Nick Motycka both got singles to start the frame. Lincolnview finally broke into the scoring column when Austin Leeth drew a bases-loaded walk to cut the Jefferson lead to 2-1.


Later in the frame with the bags again full, Derek Youtsey came to the plate and cleared the deck with a 3-run double to give Lincolnview a 4-2 lead.
In the top of the third, Fitch got a 2-out rally started with a single for the Wildcats. Two batters later, Josh Teman singled home Fitch to cut the Lancers lead to 4-3.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Lancers (1-0) struck again for a big frame as an RBI triple from Cole Schmersal and a run-scoring single by Leeth brought in a pair of Lancer runners. Later in the inning, Jalen Roberts drew a bases-loaded walk, and Wyatt Schmersal hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring the score to 9-3, Lincolnview.
“It was a pretty good effort overall. Most of these guys have not played baseball in over two or three weeks, and we have had only one practice,” said Lincolnview coach Dana Roberts. “I’m proud of their effort. We got nine guys out there today, we got solid at bats, good at bats for the most part. We struggled a little early throwing strikes, and we got down early but we stuck with it, and I’m proud of them.”
Jefferson (0-3) got a lead-off triple from Gaige Rassman in the top of the fifth frame and he later scored on a fly ball off the bat of Pulford to make the score 9-4. With nobody out and the bags full of Wildcats, Leeth stepped onto the mound to replace Youtsey. Leeth got a quick double play and a strikeout to limit the Wildcat damage in the frame.
Cole Arroyo singled to start the sixth and came around to dent the plate on a passed ball from Lincolnview to pull the Jeffcats to within 9-5 and Delphos scored again in the seventh when Rassman singled and scored, but the comeback fell short.
“Well, I thought we started out pretty well. We are hitting the ball, we are just not getting the big hit. We had some opportunities early and, instead of scoring two runs, we needed to score four and six runs when we are given a couple hits and a couple walks,” said Delphos Jefferson coach Doug Fitch. “Pitching-wise we struggled in the second and third innings with walks. Basically, they had six hits and six walks and got the big hits. We had 10 hits in the game and couldn’t get the big hit. We aren’t getting those key 2-out hits to score runners.”

WP: Derek Youtsey (LV) 4.0 IP 6 H 4 R 3 BB 2 K
LP: Jace Stockwell (DJ) 3.0 IP 5 H 4 R 2 BB 6 K
Sv: Austin Leeth (LV) 3.0 IP 4 H 2 R 0 BB 4 K
3B- Cole Schmersal (LV), Gaige Rassman (DJ)
2B- Derek Youtsey (LV)