Baseball: Lincolnview tops LCC in district finals


By Tom Usher - [email protected]



Lincolnview’s Dane Ebel tags out Lima Central Catholic’s Quintel Peoples during Saturday night’s Division IV district final in Coldwater.

Lincolnview’s Dane Ebel tags out Lima Central Catholic’s Quintel Peoples during Saturday night’s Division IV district final in Coldwater.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Lincolnview’s Dane Ebel catches an infield fly during Saturday night’s Division IV district final against Lima Central Catholic in Coldwater.

Lincolnview’s Dane Ebel catches an infield fly during Saturday night’s Division IV district final against Lima Central Catholic in Coldwater.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

COLDWATER — Neither starting pitcher had his best assortment of pitches.

But Lincolnview left-hander Landon Price had plenty in the tank to post the victory.

Price powered Lincolnview to a 6-3 victory over Lima Central Catholic to win the Division IV baseball district championship Saturday at Coldwater.

Lincolnview (21-6) advances to the regional semifinals against Leipsic at 5 p.m. Thursday at Patrick Henry.

Lincolnview returns to the regional after finishing as the state runner-up last year.

“It’s awesome,” Lincolnview coach Eric Fishpaw said. “This is the toughest district in D-IV in my opinion.’’

LCC ends its year 16-8.

“We’re heart-broken and disappointed just because we didn’t play our ‘A’ game today,” LCC coach John Schnieders said. “They put the ball in play hard and there were plays we wish we would have made. And at the plate, we had some opportunities early and weren’t able to cash in. And when you have a kid as talented as Landon Price, you have to take advantage of any opportunity you get.

“I’m really proud of our guys. He’s a really talented pitcher and they did a good job of hitting mistakes we threw up there. … Lincolnview played better than LCC and they’re going to be a tough out.’’

LCC took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third. The Lancers came back with three in the home third to pull ahead to stay, 4-2.

The Lancers led 6-2 in the seventh when Price reached his 125-pitch count limit.

On came Keagan Farris for the Lancers with LCC runners at first and second and two out.

Billy Bourk greeted Farris with an RBI single to right and LCC was within 6-3.

Farris then struck out the next hitter to end it.

Both teams were able to start their No. 1 pitchers, as Lincolnview rolled out Ohio State-bound left-hander Price. LCC countered with Bourk.

Both were working on two-days’ rest from Wednesday’s district semifinals.

And working on short rest, neither starter had his best command.

Price went 6 2/3 innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits. He struck out 12 and walked five.

Price threw 126 pitches, 74 for strikes.

“I was definitely a little fatigued,” Price said. “I couldn’t get my legs under me and I think that showed going on two-days’ rest.

“It was me trying not to overthrow (as the game went on) and let them put the ball in play and trust my teammates.’’

Lincolnview coach Eric Fishpaw said, “Landon is the leader of our team. Going on two-days’ rest, he wanted the game ball. We were proud of his efforts through six and two-thirds today.’’

Bourk went 3 1/3 innings and gave up five runs, all earned, on six hits. He struck out three and walked one.

“There’s no question there was a little bit of fatigue (with Bourk) and mechanics broke down,” Schnieders said. … “But we showed up and gave it our best, it just wasn’t good enough.’’

Connor Gephart took over on the mound for LCC in the fourth and gave up one run on three hits over the final 2 2/3 innings.

Lincolnview scored a run in the first on a hustle play.

Price walked and stole second. With two outs, Carson Fox hit a grounder up the middle. LCC shortstop Carson Parker made a diving stop and threw to first on one knee.

Fox was safe at first and Price never hesitated coming around third. Price scored from second on the play, sliding in before the tag.

That gave the Lancers a 1-0 lead.

LCC took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third.

With one out, Matthew Quatman walked. Gephart then launched a shot off the right-center field fence to bring home Quatman and tie the game at 1.

Bourk hit a shot to second, but the Lancers second baseman made a wild throw to first and Gephart scored from second.

That gave LCC a 2-1 lead in the third.

The Lancers pushed across three in the third to grab a 4-2 lead.

Brandon Renner singled and took second on a wild pitch. Cole Binkley’s RBI single to center tied the game at 2.

Dane Ebel singled and Fox was hit by a pitch.

Caden Hanf’s RBI groundout back to Bourk gave Lincolnview a 3-2 lead. Ebel scored from third on a wild pitch and it was 4-2 Lancers.

The Lancers added a run in the fourth on Renner’s RBI single to make it 5-2.

And that was the end of the day for Bourk.

In the Lincolnview fifth off LCC reliever Gephart, Ebel doubled and scored on an RBI single by Hanf.

That gave the Lancers a 6-2 lead.

In the end, Price had to battle his way through his outing without his best control.

“I think games like today, when you really don’t have your best stuff is where you can see the best out of people,” Price said. “I think I did a pretty good job of showing resiliency and trusting my teammates.’’

Lincolnview’s Dane Ebel tags out Lima Central Catholic’s Quintel Peoples during Saturday night’s Division IV district final in Coldwater.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_LCC-vs-LV-RP-02.jpgLincolnview’s Dane Ebel tags out Lima Central Catholic’s Quintel Peoples during Saturday night’s Division IV district final in Coldwater. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lincolnview’s Dane Ebel catches an infield fly during Saturday night’s Division IV district final against Lima Central Catholic in Coldwater.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_LCC-vs-LV-RP-04.jpgLincolnview’s Dane Ebel catches an infield fly during Saturday night’s Division IV district final against Lima Central Catholic in Coldwater. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

By Tom Usher

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