Wayne Trace sweeps doubleheader from rival Lincolnview
Monday, April 14, 2014 12:00 AM
By Nick Johnson
Lincolnview’s Derek Friesner takes a swing during the first game of the Lancers’ doubleheader with Wayne Trace on Saturday. Friesner drove in the go-ahead run late in the opener, but the Raiders stormed back for a 4-2 win. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
Times Bulletin Correspondent
MIDDLE POINT —The Lincolnview Lancers certainly pitched well enough to win, and they scored just enough to take a lead into the seventh inning of the first game of a doubleheader against Wayne Trace on Saturday. The Raiders took advantage of some sloppy Lancer defense in tying the score before claiming an extra-inning win.
After the 4-2 decision in the opener, the Raiders posted an 8-6 victory in game two to complete the sweep.
Wayne Trace got on the board quickly in the first game, as Austin Fast drew a walk and stole second base before coming around to score an unearned run after a costly Lancer error.
Lincolnview was quick to counter when Kyle Williams reached on a fielder’s choice and then stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Derek Friesner wasted no time and picked up the Lancers first run of the game with an RBI single to tie the game up at 1-1.
For most of the contest it was a pitcher’s duel between Wayne Trace’s Marcus McVay and Lincolnview’s Jalen Roberts. McVay went six innings gave up five hits, one walk and struck out seven Lancer batters. Roberts, meanwhile, went seven innings, gaving up three hits and two runs, both unearned. He issues five walks but struck out 11 Raiders along the way.
In the bottom of the sixth with the score still tied at 1-1, Williams doubled to put himself in scoring position. One batter later with the infield pulled in to cut down the run at home, Conner McCleery lined a ball over the shortstop’s head to give the Lancers a 2-1 lead.
The Lancers couldn’t hold the lead, however. A one-out walk to Grant Gilbert gave the Raiders some life. Gilbert was lifted for a pinch runner, Jake Baksa, who would come around to tie the game because of error by the Lancers.
With the game in extra innings, Darian Asher came to the plate for the Raiders with two on and two out in the top of the ninth inning. Asher delivered a clutch base hit to bring home both runners.
Blaine Jerome got three outs in the bottom of the ninth to give Wayne Trace a 4-2 win.
“The first two runs we gave them to them, Jalen pitched well enough to have a shutout but we just had too many errors. When you have five or six errors you can’t expect to score two runs and think you will win. In the bottom of the six we got that run and it should have been game over, but we don’t have that mentally yet and we let them slip back in and they got in extra innings,” said Lincolnview coach Kevin Longstreth.
“Both teams had good pitching and we got some good breaks in that ninth inning to break thru. Get a couple runners in and get comfortable. Great job pitching by all the guys you know to have a freshman come in and pitch as well as he did. Speaks a lot about the volumes of focus he had today and the focus that our team brought today. We played really solid defense for the most part of today and that really help us in the game today,” said Wayne Trace coach Matt Noggle.
If game one was about the pitchers, game two was all about the hitters, as both offenses woke up for the second game of the double header.
The Raiders got a big game at the plate from Colby Speice, who collected two hits and two RBI. Aaron Stoller came up big on the mound and at the plate as he went five innings and punched out seven batters and pick up two RBI at the plate.
The Lancers got RBI from Williams and McCleery in the second game, and also got a nice performance from Dalton Schmersal who pitched 3.2 innings in relief, giving up one run and striking out five batters. Dalton Schmersal also added to the Lancers offense with an RBI single.
The Raiders improve to 4-1 on the season with the sweep of the Lancers. Lincolnview drops to 1-6 on the year after the doubleheader.