Lincolnview rolls to 8-2 win over Lady Pirates
Saturday, April 12, 2014 12:00 AM
By Nick Johnson
Lincolnview’s Autumn Proctor slides into third as the Continental defender leaps to corral an errant throw from the catcher. The ball sailed into left field and Proctor scored on the play. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
Times Bulletin Correspondent
MIDDLE POINT — Lincolnview picked up its second win of the softball season with an 8-2 win over visiting Continental on Friday night.
After the Lady Pirates stranded a first-inning baserunner, Lincolnview took the lead in the bottom of the inning.
Autumn Proctor rapped a one-out single, then used her speed to wreak havoc. Proctor stole second, then took off for third and wound up scoring when the Continental catcher’s throw to third was wild.
Ashley McClure then made sure the Lancers held teh momentum, turning in a one-tw-three top of the second. In the bottom of the second frame, Julia Thatcher singled and stole second, then advanced to third on a deep fly out by Kelsey Mohr. Thatcher came home when Macala Ashbaugh grounded out to the first basemen to increase the Lincolnview lead to 2-0.
McClure again made quick work of the Lady Pirates in the top of the third inning by facing just three batters in the third.
In the bottom of the third frame, Macey Ashbaugh and Devann Springer both reached base, one via a walk and one via a base hit. A Thatcher single brought home one run followed by a Mohr sacrice fly to bring the score to 4-0 Lincolnview.
Continental looked to be threaten in the fourth inning when Fitzwater and Emily Logan both reached base with one out. But the Lincolnview catcher Thatcher picked a runner off at third and McClure struckout the next Lady Pirate batter to end the threat in the fourth.
Mikenna Klinger started the bottom of the fourth with a single and came around to score on a Macey Ashbaugh fielder’s choice with an error by the first baseman to make the score 5-0, Lady Lancers.
Lincolnview continued to tack on runs as Macala Ashbaugh, Klinger and McClure all got singles to start the fifth frame. A couple batters later, Proctor singled home the final two Lancer runs.
“Continental is a nice team. They have a lot of young players and returned a lot of their lineup from last year. Some nice lefthanded batters, their pitcher has a lot of potential,” Lincolnview head coach Kent McClure said of the Lady Pirates. “It took our bats a little time to get going. We just need to put things togather and I think now we are back on the right track.”
“All season long, or the first part of the year, not making excuses, but that was probably the toughest of our schedule. We have been struggling to get timely hits, but today we got some nice hits and layed down some good sacrifices bunts. We are starting to put that together, but, again, a very nice pitcher took us some time to adjust to her pitches. It was just key to put everything togather and get some hits,” finished coach McClure.
The Lady Lancers improve to 2-4 on the year and the Lady Pirates drop to 1-2 on the season