COLDWATER — The Lincolnview Lancers traveled to Veterans Field on Tuesday night for a tune-up game against the Cavaliers of Coldwater before both squads resume tournament action later in the week. The Cavs got the final out with the base loaded in the top of the seventh to pick up a 4-3 victory over Lincolnview.

The Lancers will return to Veterans Field on Wednesday night for a matchup in the district semifinals against the rival Crestview Knights. Coldwater, on the other hand, will travel to Elida High School on Thursday night to take on the Van Buren Black Knights.

“[We] set this game up about a week ago thinking we would both be in the district tournament. We wanted to play each other and stay competitive. It was also nice for us to come to Coldwater’s field and get a look at it,” said Lincolnview baseball coach Eric Fishpaw.

Austin Riethman got a base hit to right field before advancing to second on a stolen base to start the bottom of the first inning. After a sac bunt from Sam Broering moved Riethman to third, Jack Wenning drove home a run with a base hit back up the middle.

Wenning later scored on a balk from Lincolnview starting pitcher Chayten Overholt.

The Lancers got a run back in the top of the second inning as Ethan Kemler, Collin Overholt and Creed Jessee all reached base with one out. Thad Walker laid down a squeeze bunt to plate Kemler and cut the Coldwater lead to 2-1.

The Cavaliers got another two runs in the bottom of the third. Singles from Broering and Nate Grunden set up the rally. The next two batters, Jack Muhlenkamp and Cole Frilling, each drove in runs with base hits, making it 4-1, Coldwater.

Lincolnview picked up a run in the top of the sixth as Jayden Youtsey led the inning off with a double to right center field. During Gavin Carter’s at bat, Youtsey broke for third base and the throw from the Coldwater catcher sailed into left field. Youtsey quickly got back to his feet after sliding into third base and attempted to score on the wild throw. Youtsey slid head first into home and just barely beat the tag from catcher Joey Welsch.

Walker, who relieved starting pitcher Chayten Overholt one batter into the second inning, held the Coldwater bats to just two runs in the third and kept his Lancers in the ball game.

Lincolnview came into the top of the seventh down two runs, got a single from Walker and a base on balls from Braxton Fox. After a Brayden Evans walk loaded the bases, Youtsey worked a walk to force in a run and cut the Coldwater lead to 4-3.

With the base still loaded, Wenning, who went the first three inning before moving to second base, got back on the mound. Wenning’s first pitch was a pop up to shortstop Broering to end the contest and give Coldwater the 4-3 win.

“We are happy with what we did at the plate; again, this game was to stay competitive. We are ranked fifth in Division IV and Coldwater is ranked fifth in Division III, so it was two good ball teams staying competitive. We thought that would be better than practice. We are excited for take on the Knights in the district semifinals tomorrow,” said Fishpaw.