MIDDLE POINT – Control.
Lincolnview pitching had it and Spencerville’s did not and it led to a 12-1 five-inning Lancer victory in a Northwest Conference clash on a chilly Wednesday.
Lincolnview improves to 2-0 in the NWC and 7-2 for the season. Spencerville falls to 1-2 in league play and 2-7 for the year.
Lincolnview took advantage of 10 free passes from Bearcat pitching to score the majority of their runs and it was in the bottom of the fourth when Spencerville yielded seven of those walks that led to nine runs that sealed the Bearcats’ fate.
The Bearcats were up 3-0 after three innings.
In that fourth frame, Spencerville had seven base on balls. Add three hits and three wild pitches and that allowed nine starters to score runs. Lancer leftfielder Jack Dunlap drove in two runs with a double in the big inning.
For the Lancers, Collin Overholt was 2 for 3 with a run scored and Carson Fox drove in two runs and scored twice. Creed Jessee was 1 for 2 with two runs scored and an RBI and Clayton Leeth was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
“It is always good to score first,” Lancer head coach Eric Fishpaw said. “We got one in the first and then we added a few and then got the nine spot. We had good offense today. We got good at bats out of Clayton Leeth, Creed Jessee and Jack Dunlap, a freshman, who had two RBI and was very proud of our at bats considering the elements.”
Spencerville head coach Matt Thompson said he felt like his team was in the game until that fateful fourth.
“We gave them hit-able counts where we got behind and then we gave up free bases and teams like that take advantage of that and they definitely did that,” Thompson said. “We had one bad inning that cost us and give them credit.”
While the Bearcats struggled with command of their pitching, Lincolnview starter Landon Price, despite the frigid conditions, had mastery of his throws. The standout southpaw pitched four innings of one-hit ball while striking out eight.
For the first three innings, Price was perfect and fanned seven of the nine batters he faced. The only blemish on his otherwise solid performance came in the fourth when he gave up his lone hit to lead-off man Tyler Koenig who eventually came around to score.
With the big nine-run inning, Fishpaw went to Dane Ebel to pitch the final inning and he struck out the side.
“He’s a gamer,” Fishpaw said. “Even in the elements he wanted the baseball today and he pounds the strike zone which is what we ask him to do. I proud of his effort and also Dane coming in the fifth inning. He did a good job.”
Thompson said the Bearcats tried to prepare for Price but it is nothing like facing him in person.
“He’s the real deal,” Thompson said. “He commands all of his pitches. He commanded the zone and he kept us off balance and was effective for sure.”
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.