Continental falls to Lincolnview
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:25 PM
By Kevin Wannemacher
ELIDA - Continental had just scored three runs in the top of the third inning and appeared to have taken the momentum in its Division IV district semifinal against Lincolnview Wednesday night.
With the Pirates on top 3-1, head coach Jordan Streicher looked to keep the momentum on the side of the Pirates. However, it wasn't meant to be.
Continental committed two costly errors in the inning and allowed three unearned Lancer runs as Lincolnview rallied and eventually pulled away for a 15-5, five-inning victory to advance to Friday's district championship.
The Lancers plated three unearned runs in the third, taking a 4-3 lead, and never looked back in moving to 18-4 on the season.
Junior pitcher Ashley McClure also ran her record to 17-4 on the season, limiting the Pirates to five hits and two walks while fanning four.
"I thought offensively we did what we wanted to do," commented Streicher. "We scored five runs and I would take that against them. But defensively we made mistakes that we don't normally make and, on top of that, they just flat out hit the ball tonight. You have to give them a lot of credit."
Lincolnview added four more runs in the fourth, all of which unearned, as the Lancers opened an 8-3 lead entering the fifth.
Sara Deken and Erica Fitzwater each drove in runs in the fifth to get the Pirates within 8-5 but that would be as close as Continental would get.
The lady Lancers put the game away in the fifth, scoring seven runs on eight hits to end the contest. Five of the runs came with two outs. Lincolnview closed the game with six consecutive hits, capped off on a Macey Ashbaugh single to set the final margin at 15-5.
"You have to give them a lot of credit," noted Continental head coach Jordan Streicher. "They just came out and hit the ball. Leva (Weller) isn't overpowering on the mound but typically she has been able to keep the ball down and around the strike zone. Tonight, anything that was close, they were just hitting the ball."
Lincolnview struck first as Kaitlyn Brant singled, moved to second on a Devann Springer single, and came around to score on a pair of passed balls.
Continental rallied for its only lead of the game in the third.
The Pirates got three unearned runs of their own, taking advantage of a pair of Lincolnview errors and a run scoring double by Weller.
Weller gave up 15 hits in 4-2/3 innings of action along with two walks.
Quigley had a pair of singles for Continental, which closes its season at 16-7. Weller had a double for the lady Pirates with Deken and Fitzwater adding singles.
Brant and Neate each posted two singles and a double for Lincolnview with Doner and Mohr adding a single and a double a piece. Springer recorded two singles as well for the lady Lancers while Ashbaugh, Thatcher and Lauren Calvert picked up a single each.