Lancers fall to Kalida in final baseball game of season
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:00 AM
By Nick Johnson
Lincolnview senior Kyle Williams watches his fly ball during the Lancers’ home game against Kalida on Monday eveniong. Williams scored a run in the contest, but Kalida came away with a 14-2 win. (dhi MEDIA/ Tina Eley)
dhi MEDIA Correspondent
MIDDLE POINT — The Lincolnview Lancers faced off against the Kalida Wildcats at Lincolnview High School on Monday night for high school baseball. The Wildcats got a 14-2 victory over the Lancers in six innings via the run rule.
The Lancer pitching staff struggled with control as three pitchers issued a combined total of 13 walks or hit batters in the game.
The first four Kalida batters of the game reached without benefit of a base hit, and Randy Zeller and Colton Farrell each forced home runs with bases-loaded walks. Later in the inning, a Trent Gerding sacrifice fly to center field brought home the fourth run of the frame.
The Lancers chipped away in the home half of the first, with Jalen Roberts and Kyle Williams each reaching base. Roberts came home to score on Connor McCleery’s RBI single and Williams crossed home with the second Lancer run when Derek Friesner singled.
With the score 4-2 Wildcats in the top of the third frame, singles from Zeller and Farrell put Kalida in good position to score more runs. Drew Hovest and Austin Swift each picked up RBIs in inning to increase the Wildcat lead to 6-2.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Lancers again tried to answer and had the bases full with only one out. Back-to-back comebackers to the mound allowed Kalida to keep the Lancers at bay. The score remained 6-2, Wildcats.
Farrell, who was pitching well for Kalida, continued his good day at the plate as he picked up a run batted in in the fourth and two more in the fifth to give Kalida a 11-2 lead.
Lincolnview threatened, getting a pair of two-out baserunners in the fifth before Farrell struckout the next Lancer hitter to escape the inning.
The Wildcats batting order continued to produce runs as the first three batters reach in the sixth frame and Trevor Maag, Zeller, and Brady Laudick all picked up RBIs to increase the Kalida lead to 14-2. The Lancers managed a one-out walk in the home half of the sixth, but couldn’t prevent the run rule from taking effect.
Though the game had no league or tournament implications, both coaches felt the contest was useful to their squads.
“We both started out a little bit sluggish. Both of us are out of tournament, and it’s tough to play when you are out of tournament, but I thought our kids responded well. We finished on a high note and our seniors got to play a lot, which is good. We only had one senior who played everyday so it was good to get some other guys into the ball game,” said Kalida coach Joe Recker.
“I gave them a brief talk. This game is obviously late in the season, and we are out of tournament, and there is no more conference games left to focus and get ourselves prepared for. I told them that if you are going to do something, you need to do it to your fullest and I was kind of worried about that; we have had a couple days off practice-wise. But a lot of these guys that got out there to play today will be part of our summer squad, so that is a good thing to get them some playing time,” said Lancers coach Kevin Longstreth.
Kalida improved to 11-15 to the end the year while the Lancers dropped to 7-13.