Lancers make it two straight behind Roberts’ seven strikeouts
Friday, April 25, 2014 12:00 AM
By John Parent
Jalen Roberts works through his windup during Lincolnview’s 5-4 win over Paulding on Thursday. Roberts held the Panthers scoreless for six innings before allowing three runs in the seventh. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
Times Bulletin Sports Editor
PAULDING — Lincolnview coach Kevin Longstreth said it was the best he’s seen his team play in two years, at least for the first six innings. In the seventh, some shaky defense gave Paudling an opportunity to steal a win, but the Lancer turned a big double-play to ensure a 5-4 win on Thursday night.
Lincolnview built a 5-0 lead behind sophomore left hander Jalen Roberts, who was strong on the hill. Roberts surrendered just two hits and three walks through six-plus innings of work and wound up being charged with three runs (one earned) while striking out seven.
In the seventh, the host Panthers made a charge. Javier Gonzalez led-off with a double to left. After an error and a walk loaded the bases, Longstreth made a move for the right hander, Derek Youtsey, in relief. Youtsey was greeted by a two-run double that got Paulding on the board, and a walk to the eight-hole hitter re-loaded the bags for the Panthers.
That’s when the Lancer defense stepped up again and rolled a nifty 4-6-3 double-play to get things back under control. A run scored on the play, and the Panthers drew to within 5-4 on an error by the shortstop with two away, but Youtsey came back to strikeout Treston Gonzalez with the tying run on base to end the game.
“Jalen really gave an excellent effort on the mound tonight,” Longstreth said. “For six innings, he kept a good Paulding team bottled up. Things got interesting in the seventh, but Youtsey came in and got a big double play ball for us, which was huge.”
For Lincolnview, it’s just the third win of the season, but two have come in its last two games, including a 11-1 run-rule win over Ada on Monday.
“Hopefully the way we have played this week so far is an indicator of the baseball we are going to play for the rest of the year,” Longstreth added.
The Lancers didn’t have a hit until the third, when Cole Schmersal led-off with a base hit the other way and was able to take second when the ball was mis-played in right field. Schmersal later scored on Austin Leeth’s base hit. Leeth also moved up an an error and was at third with two out, but was able to score on a passed ball, making it 2-0 Lincolnview.
Youtsey drew a one-out walk in the fourth and wound up at third after a wild pitch and a passed ball allowed him to advance. He came in to score the third Lancer run on Tyler Richey’s RBI single.
The Lancers continued to take advantage of some sloppy Paulding defense in the sixth. Kyle Williams singled to open the frame and Connor McCleery was hit by a pitch. Williams took off for third, stealing the base and scoring on a wild throw from the Paulding catcher. That play allowed McCleery to move into scoring position as well, and he would later come home on Richey’s second RBI hit of the game.
The win moves Lincolnview to 3-8 on the season and 2-2 in Northwest Conference play. Paulding falls to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in NWC games.
Lincolnview 002 102 0- 5 5 3
Paulding 000 000 4- 4 3 5
Leeth ss 3-1-1-1, D. Schmersal lf-3b 3-0-0-0, Williams cf 3-1-1-0, McCleery 1b 3-1-0-0, Friesner rf 2-0-0-0, Youtsey 3b-p 2-1-0-0, Richey c 3-0-2-2, Roberts p-lf 3-0-0-0, C. Schmersal dh 3-1-1-0
Kauser ss 4-0-0-0, T. Gonzalez 3b 4-0-0-0, Vance cf 2-0-0-0, J. Gonzalez p-1b 3-1-1-0, Edwards lf 3-1-1-0, Egnor c 2-0-0-0, Harder 1b-p 2-0-0-0, x- Doster ph 1-1-1-2, Adams rf 2-0-0-0, Arelano 2b 2-0-0-0, x- Mock pr 0-1-0-0
WP- Roberts 6 IP 2 H 3 R 1 ER 3 BB 7 K
LP- J. Gonzalez 5 IP 4 H 5 R 4 ER 2 BB 5 K