Sharing OK with back-to-back Lancers


By Jim Naveau - [email protected]



Lincolnview’s Zadria King catches a throw at first base against Crestview during Friday’s game at Crestview.

Lincolnview’s Zadria King catches a throw at first base against Crestview during Friday’s game at Crestview.


Lincolnview’s Addysen Stevens fields a ball in the outfield against Crestview during Friday’s game at Crestview.

Lincolnview’s Addysen Stevens fields a ball in the outfield against Crestview during Friday’s game at Crestview.


Lincolnview’s Taylor Post pitches against Crestview during Friday’s game at Crestview.


Crestview’s Olivia Heckler pitches against Lincolnview during Friday’s game at Crestview.


CONVOY – They’d thought about this since day one. Or maybe longer.

After winning an undisputed Northwest Conference softball championship last year Lincolnview wanted another championship this season. And the Lancers got it with a 5-2 win at Crestview on Friday that meant they shared this year’s NWC title with the Knights.

“Beating Crestview was our No. 1 goal and we did it tonight,” said winning pitcher Taylor Post, who allowed four hits, struck out nine and walked one.

Zadria King, whose two-run single in the top of the seventh stretched the lead to four runs, said, “Repeating is always a dream but then beating Crestview to do that is really nice.”

Lincolnview won last year’s NWC championship in a match-up with Crestview in the final league game of the season when it tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, then scored another run in the eighth inning for the win.

Friday, Crestview took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning but Lincolnview scored five unanswered runs to take control of the game before the Knights scored their only other run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Lincolnview tied the game in the top of the second inning with the help of two Crestview errors and took a 2-1 lead the next inning on a triple by Ashlyn Price and an infield single by Kendall Bollenbacher.

The lead grew to 3-1 in the fourth inning when Andi Webb reached base on an error, Grace Brickner singled and Price singled.

“We knew we needed to jump on them early to get the win and I think we did a good job of that,” Post said.

“I knew I had a defense behind me and that took a lot of pressure off me. We’re putting up the same number of runs as last year so I know I always have an offense to count on,” she said.

It stayed 3-1 until the seventh inning. Post led off that inning by drawing a walk, Braxton Sherrick singled and King drove a single past the first baseman into right field to score Post and pinch-runner Emma Bowersock.

King had been pinch hit for in her previous at bat in the sixth inning but said that was not in her mind when she got her turn at the plate in the seventh inning.

“It’s whatever is best for the team. We’re a team. We’re interchangeable, you can put one person in for someone else. Our chemistry is really good,” she said. “I just saw it (the pitch) and drove it and was praying it went through. I’ve been struggling at hitting.”

Lincolnview coach Eric Schwab said, “Zadria came up with a huge, huge hit. If somebody is struggling we’re going to give other people opportunities because we have other people who can step in. After we pinch hit for her she came up ready to go. It was her turn.

“Taylor pitched a whale of a game. I knew Taylor would be ready today and she stepped up and delivered,” he said.

Lincolnview (20-4, 7-1 NWC) will play New Bremen at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a Division IV district semifinal at Wapakoneta. Crestview is 20-4 overall and 7-1 in the NWC.

Lincolnview’s Zadria King catches a throw at first base against Crestview during Friday’s game at Crestview.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Crestview-SB-RP-03.jpgLincolnview’s Zadria King catches a throw at first base against Crestview during Friday’s game at Crestview.
Lincolnview’s Addysen Stevens fields a ball in the outfield against Crestview during Friday’s game at Crestview.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Crestview-SB-RP-04.jpgLincolnview’s Addysen Stevens fields a ball in the outfield against Crestview during Friday’s game at Crestview.
Lincolnview’s Taylor Post pitches against Crestview during Friday’s game at Crestview.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Crestview-SB-RP-02.jpgLincolnview’s Taylor Post pitches against Crestview during Friday’s game at Crestview.
Crestview’s Olivia Heckler pitches against Lincolnview during Friday’s game at Crestview.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Crestview-SB-RP-01.jpgCrestview’s Olivia Heckler pitches against Lincolnview during Friday’s game at Crestview.

By Jim Naveau

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