COLUMBUS GROVE — Lincolnview had more than their share of scoring opportunities Thursday evening at Columbus Grove.

The problem was the Lancers were unable to come through with a key hit leaving the Bulldogs in the game. And with the last at-bat the Bulldogs took advantage of their opportunity.

Columbus Grove scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to rally for a 7-6 Northwest Conference win on Senior Night at Bulldog Field. Before the contest the three Lincolnview seniors and four Grove seniors were recognized by the Columbus Grove players and coaches.

The win keeps the Bulldogs one game back of Crestview in the NWC as they are 6-1 and 12-7 overall. Columbus Grove will play at Crestview on May 17 with a share of the NWC crown on the line. The Lady Lancers dropped to 10-12 on the season and 5-3 in the NWC.

Lincolnview had a 4-0 lead before the Bulldogs rallied to take a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning. The Lancers battled back to tie the game in the sixth inning on an RBI double by Mikenna Klinger that scored courtesy runner Stephanie Longwell, who was running for Macala Ashbaugh, who had walked to start the inning.

Lincolnview grabbed the lead in the top of the seventh as Macey Ashbaugh doubled to left to start the inning and took third on a sacrifice bunt by Julia Thatcher. After a popup to shortstop, that nearly saw Ashbaugh doubled off third, Ashbaugh scored on a wild pitch. Devann Springer reached second base on an error but was stranded there.

Columbus Grove wasted little time in tying the game.

Hope Schroeder, who was the Bulldogs starting pitcher before being removed, re-entered the lineup to bat for sister Grace Schroeder and took the first pitch she saw deep over the left field wall to tie the game.

“What a spot to put her back in there in the top of the seventh,” Grove coach Travis Gallmeier said. “She cranks one over the fence and ties the game. You can’t script something like that. She had struggled at the plate before that and I was in a dilemma on when to bring her back in and get a chance to bat. We waited and it paid off for us.”

With the game tied Micah Stechschulte dropped a single just out of the reach of Lancer first baseman Macey Ashbaugh. Katie Roose laid down a bunt and when the throw to first base sailed high that allowed Stechschulte to race to third base. With Monica Delgado at the plate, the first pitch she saw sailed to the backstop and Stechschulte raced home with the winning win.

“One of our things this year is that you have to believe,” Gallmeier said. “You have to believe in yourself and what we want to get accomplished. If you believe in yourself and can keep your head we will get it done and we have gotten it done in a lot of games.”

Grace Schroeder picked up the win for Grove in relief of Hope Schroeder. Grace Schroeder worked three innings allowing two runs on two hits. Hope Schroeder allowed four runs in four plus innings on five hits and she walked 10 batters. However, the two Bulldog pitchers combined to strand 15 Lancer runners on base, including leaving the bases loaded three times in the contest.

“We just couldn’t get that timely hit,” Lancer coach Kent McClure said. “I’d hate to see how many runners we left on base. You have to take your hats off to them for fighting back when we didn’t produce. We’re a roller coaster as a team. We have great games, then we have games like this.”

Ashley McClure took the loss for the Lancers as she allowed seven runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and four walks.

Lincolnview’s troubles getting runners home started early as they left the bases loaded in the first inning, left two runners on in the second inning and left the bases loaded in the third inning. However, they had a 4-0 lead as they sent 10 batters to the plate in the third inning to score four times.

Thatcher opened the Lancer third with a single and stole second before the next batter struck out. Springer was hit in the foot by a pitch and Macala Ashbaugh dropped a single into short center to load the bases. After a popup to the pitcher, Kelsey Mohr walked to force in a run and Klinger plated a run with a slow roller to third base. Autumn Proctor was hit by a pitch to force in a run before Macey ashbaugh walked to make it 4-0. A strikeout ended the inning.

The Lancers loaded the bases in the fourth inning with two outs before a popup to shortstop ended the inning.

Columbus Grove got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth as Stechschulte singled and took second on a wild pitch. After the next two batters were retired, Brooke Hoffman slapped a single to left to score Stechschulte.

The Bulldogs took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as Kyrah Yinger walked and Deanna Kleman reached on an error and both moved up a base on a double steal. After an out, Stechschulte walked before Roose sent a slow roller to second base. The Lancer second baseman attempted to field the ball and step on second, but did not field the ball cleanly allowing two runs to score. Delgado tied the game with a single to right field and the Bulldogs took the lead on a wild pitch.

“We didn’t make the plays,” McClure conceded. “Defensively no one really wants to step up and that is disappointing because we have a veteran infield. But hats to off to Grove, they came through when they had to.”

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