Lincolnview baseball blasts Ada
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:02 AM
By John Parent
Lincolnview’s Eli Farmer delivers a pitch versus Jefferson in this file photo. Farmer went the distance in the Lancers’ 11-1 win over Ada on Monday. (TB file photo)
Times Bulletin Sports Editor
MIDDLE POINT — If patience is a virtue, the Lincolnview baseball team was about as virtuous as they come on Monday evening. The Lancers waited out three different Ada pitchers and took a combined 11 walks during an 11-1 five-inning Northwest Conference game.
The Lancers scored four times in the bottom of the first inning, a rally that was sparked by consecutive walks. Austin Leeth drew the first base on balls, and Dalton Schmersal followed. After Kyle Williams singled to left to load the bases with no one out, Connor McCleery worked a walk to force home a run. Derek Friesner then singled home two more runs and the Lancers had a 3-0 lead before an out was recorded.
Two more Lancers scored in the second and Lincolnview put the game away with a five-run third, an inning that saw 10 batters come to the plate.
A walk to Cole Schmersal opened the inning, and he moved to second on a wild pitch. Tyler Richey’s single to right brought home the run, but the Lancers were far from done. One out later, walks to Leeth and Dalton Schmersal loaded the bags before Williams drew a free pass of his own, forcing in another run. McCleery then lifted a shallow fly ball behind the second-base bag that was deep enough to score Leeth and, after the Lancers re-loaded the bases, Derek Youstey brought home a pair with a double to the right-center field gap.
“We’ll take any win we can get right now, and that’s a good one,” said Lancer coach Kevin Longstreth. “We had a lot of walks today, which shows we were being patient, and had some base hits with runners on base, so we’re seeing some good things.”
On the mound, senior Eli Farmer turned in a solid performance, allowing just one run on two hits through five innings. Farmer recorded nine strikeouts in the game, including fanning the side in order in both the second and the fourth innings.
“We weren’t worried one bit,” Longstreth said of Farmer, who bounced back after a difficult outing last week. “We talked before the game, with these windy conditions, and told him to just throw it and let the ball move. He has natural movement anyway. For the most part, we played good defense behind him. We kind of gave that one run away but, other than that, he pitched really well.”
The Lancers move to 2-8 on the year and 1-2 in NWC play. Ada falls to 1-9 overall and 0-3 in conference.
Ada 001 00- 1 2 0
Lincolnview 425 0x- 11 7 2
Evans p-3b 3-0-1-0, Sautter 3-0-1-0, English 1b 1-0-0-0, Downing 2b-p 2-0-0-0, Gray lf 2-0-0-0, Nichelson dh 2-0-0-0, Kellum 3b-p 1-1-0-0, Klingler rf 2-0-0-0, Garmon 0-0-0-1
Leeth ss 1-3-0-0, D. Schmersal lf 0-3-0-0, x- Roberts ph-lf 1-0-0-0, Williams cf 2-2-1-1, McCleery 1b 1-1-0-3, Friesner rf 1-0-1-2, x- W. Schmersal rf 0-0-0-0, Youtsey 3b 3-0-2-2, C. Schmersal dh 2-1-0-0, Richey c 2-1-2-2, Patterson 2b 3-0-1-0