Lincolnview’s Dalton Schmersal slides head-first into third base as Josh Warnecke (11) applies the tag. Schmersal went 1-for-3 in the game as the Lancers advanced to the sectional final. (Times Bulletin/ Randy Shellenbarger)
Lincolnview’s Dalton Schmersal slides head-first into third base as Josh Warnecke (11) applies the tag. Schmersal went 1-for-3 in the game as the Lancers advanced to the sectional final. (Times Bulletin/ Randy Shellenbarger)
By Larry Heiing
DHI Correspondent
sports@timesbulletin.com
DELPHOS — Lincolnview played the role of the home team, though the Division IV sectional semi-final was played at Delphos’ Stadium Park, and knocked off the St. John’s Blue Jays 8-2 on Saturday afternoon behind a strong pitching performance from senior Eli Farmer. The Lancers advance to visit top-seeded Fort Recovery on Thursday.
“Eli pitched like we expect him to pitch,” said Lancer head coach Kevin Longstreth. “That’s why he’s our ace, our conference pitcher, the guy that gets it done in big games.”
Lincolnview’s Austin Leeth led off the Lancers’ home half of the first inning with a walk. Dalton Schmersal cracked a double in the next at-bat to tie the score at one as Leeth scored from second base. Kyle Williams walked to put runners on first and second. The Lancers then attempted a double steal, but Blue Jay catcher Buddy Jackson gunned down Schmersal at third for the first out. With Williams on second, Derek Friesner hit a chopper to short that was bobbled as the runner scored to give the Lancers the lead.
Freshman Jacob Youngpeter retired Troy Patterson for the first out of the Lancer second inning. Cole Schmersal had a solid hit to left for a single and went to second on a balk. After a strikeout of Leeth, the Cole’s brother, Dalton, put runners on first and second with a walk. Another wild pitch pushed Cole Schmersal to third, then the umpires called a second balk on the young Blue Jay pitcher to score him.


Lincolnview broke the game open in the third inning, as the first three batters against Youngpeter reached safely. T. J. Hoersten was called in by Coach Warnecke to get out of the bases-loaded jam as Youngpeter moved to play first base. Richey’s sac fly plated one and back-to-back singles by Patterson and Cole Schmersal knocked in two more for a five-run lead.
Lincolnview wasn’t finished scoring yet as Richey and Cole Schmersal got aboard with 1-out singles. Leeth got a pair a runs batted in with a triple to left field and the Lancers took a comfortable 8-1 lead.
Jalen Roberts was called to the mound to finish the game for Lincolnview in the seventh inning. Jackson rudely greeted him with a solid single to left. J.R. Keirns popped out for the first out and Jackson advanced all the way to third base on a wild pitch. Ben Wrasman’s speed down the first-base line beat out his grounder to deep third for the infield hit as Jackson scored. Roberts struck out Hoersten to end the game.
“Our defense played well again today,” explained Longstreth. “The last few weeks, our hitting has kick-started our game. We got the number one seed in the sectionals, Ft. Recovery on Wednesday. Hopefully we can continue.”
The Blue Jays stranded nine runners while the Lancers left eight runners on base.
Scoring
St. John’s 100 000 1- 2 5 1
Lincolnview 213 020 x- 8 9 0
St. John’s (ab-r-h-rbi)
Wrasman cf 4-1-2-1, May rf 1-0-1-0, Hoersten p 2-0-0-0, Heiing lf 3-0-0-1, Pohlman 2b 1-0-0-0, Ditto 1b 3-0-2-0, Seffernick ss 3-0-0-0, Jackson c 3-1-0-0, Warnecke 3b 2-0-0-0, Keirns 1-0-0-0, Vogt 1-0-0-0
Lincolnview (ab-r-h-rbi)
Leeth ss 3-1-2-2, D. Schmersal 1f 3-1-1-1, Wiiliams cf 3-0-0-0, McCleery 1b 3-1-1-0, Friesner rf 3-1-1-1, Youtsey 3b 1-1-0-0, Richey c 4-1-1-1, Patterson 2b 3-1-1-1, C. Schmersal dh 3-1-2-1
2B: Wrasman, Dalton Schmersal, Leeth; 3B: Leeth; Sac: May, Richey; CS: May; SB: May.
St. John’s pitching
Youngpeter (L) 2.0 IP 6 H 6 R 5 ER 6 BB 2 K
Hoersten 4.0 IP 1 H 2 R 2 ER 1 BB 0 K
Lincolnview pitching
Farmer (W) 6.0 IP 4 H 1 R 1 ER 3 BB 5 K
Roberts 1.0 IP 2 H 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 1 K
HBP: Pohlman (by Farmer); WP: Youngpeter