Baseball: Lincolnview outlasts St. Henry in 11 inning Division IV district final


By Jose Nogueras - jnogueras@aimmediamidwest.com



Lincolnview’s Landon Price heads for third base during Saturday’s Division IV district final against St. Henry at Coldwater. See more high school baseball photos at LimaScores.com.

Lincolnview’s Landon Price heads for third base during Saturday’s Division IV district final against St. Henry at Coldwater. See more high school baseball photos at LimaScores.com.


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St. Henry’s Caden Schwieterman bats during Saturday’s Division IV district final against Lincolnview at Coldwater.

St. Henry’s Caden Schwieterman bats during Saturday’s Division IV district final against Lincolnview at Coldwater.


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Lincolnview’s Creed Jessee bats during Saturday’s Division IV district final against St. Henry at Coldwater.


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Lincolnview ‘s Cole Binkley dives into the base against St. Henry’s Shane Frank during Saturday’s Division IV district final at Coldwater.


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COLDWATER — In the Division IV district final between Lincolnview and St. Henry, there were plenty of defensive gems, along with stellar pitching, to electrify the crowd but in the end it came down to one bad throw that led to the Lancers edging the Redskins, 1-0, in 11 innings Saturday.

With the game scoreless heading into the bottom of the 11th, Lincolnview’s Collin Overholt opened the frame with an infield single followed by St. Henry deciding to intentionally walk Dane Ebel to put runners at first and second.

St. Henry hurler Nolan Schmitz promptly fanned the next batter to get a huge out and up next was freshman Jack Dunlap who had struck out in his previous at bat and squared to bunt in the first couple of pitches he saw. On the fourth pitch of the at bat, Lincolnview head coach Eric Fishpaw called for the base runners to steal to make something happened and the move paid off as the throw to third to get Overholt skidded into the dirt and past the third baseman and Overholt came sliding in to end the marathon match-up.

“We had a young man (Dunlap) in the lineup that was freshman up to bat who was in there for another young man who was in there for another young man so it was a total team effort there,” Fishpaw said. “Yes, we did have a double steal there with our fastest guy Collin hoping to see if we could make something happen.”

With the win, Lincolnview advances to the regional semifinals and will face Antwerp at Patrick Henry at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Fishpaw said the Lancers last district title came in 1974.

“This is very tough district and it is a credit to all the teams here. You’ve got St. Henrys. You’ve got Crestviews. This is a very hard district to get out of.”

St. Henry head coach Mike Gast said this game and the contest the Redskins won Wednesday where they beat New Bremen, 4-2, were two of the best high school games he has been a part of.

“I thought both these teams deserved to win but we came out on the wrong end of it,” Gast said. “I can’t say enough about Nolan Schmitt’s pitching into the 11th inning. He was extremely efficient and all around the strike zone. Just a fantastic performance from him and stepping up in a big way for us.”

As the score indicates this was a pitcher’s dual from the get-go with Lancer standout Landon Price and Schmitt matching zeroes for the first eight innings. Price started and struck out 15 and walked four in his eight innings before he reached the maximum pitch count of 125.

Overholt, who scored the winning run, picked up the win in relief with three innings of no-hit ball where he struck out five.

“I don’t know how many strikeouts Landon and Collin had combined but they do a phenomenal job and are 1A and 1B on the mound and both those guys give us a lot of confidence to win a lot of baseball games,” Fishpaw said.

Schmitt took the hard-luck loss after putting in a brilliant outing as he pitched to the 11th inning. The Redskin southpaw scattered five hits and struck out six.

Price and Overholt were dominating but St. Henry had opportunities to score. In the fifth inning, St. Henry loaded the bases but failed to plate a run and in the seventh, the Redskins also stranded a runner on third.

In the fifth inning, Overholt had a spectacular diving catch behind the plate where he crashed into the fence that proved to be a key out.

“That was an exceptional play,” Fishpaw said “He sacrificed his face a little bit. He got cut up a little. But Collin is a one of a kind player and effort is never issue with him. I couldn’t be more prouder of his efforts on the bases, on the mound or behind the plate. Wherever he is asked to play he is going to give 110 percent.”

The Redskins defense had a lot to do with keeping the Lancers off the board. In the fourth inning, it appeared the Lancers were heading for the first score of the game when Price, who opened the frame with a walk and was sacrificed to second, looked to score on a Dane Ebel single to center. But centerfielder Tyler Dehan fired a bullet to first to cut down a sliding Price.

Redskin first baseman Grant Kunkler also flashed the leather with several big defensive plays to keep the Lancers from scoring.

“A lot of guys were disappointed in the way this turned out but if Tyler doesn’t make that throw we are not playing into the 11th inning,” Mast said. “Grant Kunkler made some fantastic plays. We had a couple of errors in the game but we played well enough to win but came out on the wrong end of this one.”

Lincolnview’s Landon Price heads for third base during Saturday’s Division IV district final against St. Henry at Coldwater. See more high school baseball photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/05/web1_Lincolnsthenry-10.jpgLincolnview’s Landon Price heads for third base during Saturday’s Division IV district final against St. Henry at Coldwater. See more high school baseball photos at LimaScores.com. Amanda Wilson | The Lima News
St. Henry’s Caden Schwieterman bats during Saturday’s Division IV district final against Lincolnview at Coldwater.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/05/web1_Lincolnsthenry-6.jpgSt. Henry’s Caden Schwieterman bats during Saturday’s Division IV district final against Lincolnview at Coldwater. Amanda Wilson | The Lima News
Lincolnview’s Creed Jessee bats during Saturday’s Division IV district final against St. Henry at Coldwater.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/05/web1_Lincolnsthenry-8.jpgLincolnview’s Creed Jessee bats during Saturday’s Division IV district final against St. Henry at Coldwater. Amanda Wilson | The Lima News
Lincolnview ‘s Cole Binkley dives into the base against St. Henry’s Shane Frank during Saturday’s Division IV district final at Coldwater.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/05/web1_Lincolnsthenry-3.jpgLincolnview ‘s Cole Binkley dives into the base against St. Henry’s Shane Frank during Saturday’s Division IV district final at Coldwater. Amanda Wilson | The Lima News

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