ELIDA — Aggressive is the only word that describes the Lincolnview win over Continental in Division IV district semifinal softball action Wednesday at Elida’s Dorothy Edwards Field.
Lincolnview earned the right to face Parkway for the district title at 5 p.m. Friday with the victory.
The Lancers pounded out 16 hits and consistently took the extra base as they recorded an overwhelming 15-5 run rule win in five innings.
Lincolnview (18-4) wasted little time asserting its will as the Lancers grabbed a quick 1-0 lead in their first at-bat when second baseman Kaitlyn Brant singled with two outs. Left fielder Devann Springer followed with a single and Brant came around on a wild pitch and a passed ball to give the Lancers the lead.
Continental (16-7) tried to come back, grabbing the lead with three runs in the top of the third.
A single by third baseman Alex Quigley and a double by pitcher Leva Weller, plus two Lancer errors, allowed the Pirates to grab a 3-1 lead.
But Lincolnview answered immediately as it plated three runs in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead and control of the game.
Two errors by Continental were followed by back-to-back doubles by shortstop Baylee Neate and third baseman Kelsey Mohr, giving the Lancers a 4-3 lead.
At that point, Lincolnview was hitting the ball hard and putting pressure on the Pirates defense with aggressive base running.
That aggressiveness paid off as the Lancers added four runs in the fourth inning thanks to four hits and four Continental errors, caused in large part by the defense trying to speed up to stop the aggressive Lincolnview base runners.
“We wanted to force the issue; our aggressiveness forced some of those errors,” Lincolnview coach Kent McClure said. “We’ve been down before but have been able to come back; there is no quit in these kids. Once you get a team down, you’ve got to put them away.”
Lincolnview pitcher Ashley McClure improved to 17-4 for the season as she tossed a five-hit, two-walk, four strikeout game.
Lincolnview put the game away with a seven-run, eight-hit fifth inning that ended the game when they grabbed the 15-5 lead.
“We knew they would be aggressive on the bases but we were able to get ahead,” Continental coach Jordan Streicher said. “We scored five runs but they were just hammering the ball. We played hard and I’m proud of my team.”
Lincolnview’s 16-hit attack was paced by shortstop Neate, who went 3-for-3 with four RBIs. Doner, Brant, Mohr and Julia Thatcher each had two singles for the Lancers.
GAME NOTE: A Continental fan was hit by a Lincolnview foul ball in the fifth inning and taken to the hospital as a precaution. The Continental team signed a softball for the fan and the Lincolnview team came over and stood together as the fan was placed in an ambulance.