McClure pitches Lincolnview past Lady Panthers, 3-2
Friday, April 25, 2014 12:00 AM
By Jim Cox
Lincolnview’s Devann Springer takes a mighty swing during the Lady Lancers’ 3-2 win at Paulding on Thursday evening. Springer went 0-for-3 in the game, but scored a run for Lincolnview. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
Times Bulletin Correspondent
PAULDING — Lincolnview’s defense was shaky Thursday at Paulding, and the hitting wasn’t at its best. Fortunately for the Lady Lancers, pitcher Ashley McClure had her best outing of the year, and the blue-and-gold escaped with a 3-2 Northwest Conference win. Lincolnview is now 6-6 overall and 3-1 in the NWC. The Lady Panthers are 1-8 and 1-3.
McClure went the distance, yielding two runs, both unearned, and five hits, while striking out 12 and walking only one. The pesky Panthers — and five Lancer errors — made her work hard for the win, however, as she had to throw 109 pitches, of which 79 were strikes.
Paulding hurler Emily Farr was also impressive. In her seven innings of work, she gave up three runs, two earned, on nine hits while fanning four and walking two. She threw 96 pitches, including 67 strikes.
The first three innings belonged to Lincolnview, as the Lancers scored once in each of those frames. After two were out in the top of the first, walks to left fielder Devann Springer and shortstop Baylee Neate, followed by a ground single up the middle by Macala Ashbaugh, made it 1-0.
The Lancers got another one in the second on a lead-off opposite-field single to right by third baseman Kelsey Mohr, a bloop single to center by second baseman Mikenna Klinger, a fielder’s choice, and an RBI ground-out by center fielder Autumn Proctor.
The third and final Lincolnview run came in the third when Neate reached on a dropped throw at first base, then stole second, and came in on another Macala Ashbaugh single up the middle.
Paulding made it interesting in the bottom of the fourth. Shortstop Jerika Bland led off by whacking a hard grounder through the middle that neither McClure nor Klinger could prevent from finding its way into center field. Three errors then brought in two runs and made it 3-2, Lancers, after four.
The Panthers mounted a serious threat in the sixth. Bland and left fielder Kristen Schilt started the inning with clean singles to center. A ground-out moved them to second and third with one down, but McClure then fanned second baseman Brooke Combs, taking ten pitches to do it, and induced Kastin Kelly to bounce out to end the threat.
With one out in the seventh, Paulding again made Lancer fans nervous. Catcher Suzanne Reinhart singled to left, then moved on to second when that ball was mishandled. McClure again had the answer, striking out lead-off hitter and third baseman Morgan Riley, then doing the same to first baseman Abby Pease.
It may have been Paulding’s best game of the year. Not only did the Panthers nearly pull out a win against a top-notch pitching performance, but they got a fine one of their own from Farr. The defense was also impressive, especially shortstop Bland (two put-outs, five assists, no errors) and third baseman Riley (one put-out, six assists, one error). Bland was also the Panthers’ leading hitter, going 2-for-3 and scoring a run.
Lincolnview coach Kent McClure wasn’t a happy camper after the game. “You gotta take your hats off to Paulding, because, to me, that’s the best Ashley’s pitched this year,” he said. “She was hitting spots, changing speeds, good velocity — but you gotta play defense, and I’m questioning if we have players that want the ball hit to them. Batting, we’re undisciplined, swinging at high pitches, out on the front foot…we’re a roller coaster. We’re just not where we were last year, and these are veteran players. It’s a win but…”
The Lancers were led in hitting by freshman Macala Ashbaugh, who was a perfect 4-for-4, with two RBI. Mohr was 2-for-3. Catcher Julia Thatcher was 1-for-4, that hit being a third inning frozen-rope double to the left-center field gap.
Lincolnview 111 000 0- 3 10 2
Paulding 000 200 0- 2 6 2
Macey Ashbaugh 1b 4-0-0-0, Proctor cf 4-0-1-1, Springer lf 3-1-0-0, Neate ss 3-1-0-0, Macala Ashbaugh dp 4-0-4-2, 0-0-0-0, Berryman pr 0-0-0-0, Thatcher c 4-0-1-0, Mohr 3b 3-0-2-0, Klinger 2b 3-1-1-0, McClure p 3-0-0-0, Longwell rf/cr 0-0-0-0. Totals 31-3-9-2.
Riley 3b 4-0-1-0, Pease 1b 4-0-0-0, Bland ss 3-1-2-0, Schilt lf 3-1-1-0, Farr p 3-0-0-0, Schroeder cr 0-0-0-0, Combs 2b 3-0-0-0, Kelly dp 3-0-0-0, Manson rf 3-0-0-0, Reinhart c 2-0-1-0, Shelmadone cf 0-0-0-0. Totals 28-2-5-0.
Doubles: Thatcher (LV).
LOB: Lincolnview 7, Paulding 6.
Double Plays: McClure to Macey Ashbaugh (LV), Riley to Pease (P).
WP: McClure. LP: Farr.