Lincolnview pitcher Jalen Roberts pitches a ball to home in a game against Fort Jennings at Lincolnview Thursday. The Lancer won the game 6-3. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
BY NICK JOHNSON
Times Bulletin Correspondent
MIDDLE POINT- The Lincolnview Lancers faced off against the Fort Jennings Musketeers on Thursday night at Lincolnview High School in baseball action. The Lancers got their first win of the season with a 6-3 victory over Fort Jennings.
The Musketeers got on the board in first frame after Mark Metzger singled and came around to score due to some poor fielding by Lancers. Fort Jennings had a 1-0 lead after one half of an inning.
Lincolnivew started the bottom of the first frame with a lead-off single by Nick Leeth who came around to score when Austin Leeth doubled him home. Later in the first, with two outs, Conner McCleery singled home Austin Leeth to give the Lancers a 2-1 lead after one inning.
In the top of the second, Alex Vetter walked for Musketeers but Lincolnview pitcher Jalen Roberts struck out two of the next three batters to end the inning.
Kurt Warnecke shut out the Lancer bats over the next three innings, striking out five Lincolnview batters through four innings.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Musketeers were able to strike for one run. Vetter singled to start the inning and advanced to second after Zach Finn walked to put runners on first and second. Two batters later, Conner Wallenhorst got a RBI single to tie the game at two.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Lancers got both Nick Leeth and Austin Leeth on after both of them singled. Nick Leeth crossed home plate after a messed up pick-off attempt by Warnecke. McCleery singled home Austin Leeth to give the Lancers a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Dalton Kaysor and Nick Leeth both had RBI singles to give the Lancers a 6-2 lead over Fort Jennings. In the top of the seventh inning, Metzger and Bret Clay each singled after Jared Hoersten singled. Two batters later the umpire ruled that a Lancer fielder interfered with a Fort Jennings base runner resulting in the Fort Jennings base runner being awarded home plate. The Musketeers had cut the Lancer lead to 6-3.
Roberts got the next batter to ground into a game-ending double play to give the Lancers a 6-3 win, and Lincolnview's first victory on the young season.
This was the first win in the coaching career for Kevin Longstreth. "I'm happy with the way Jalen came out and did. He is a freshman, it's his first time on the mound - first start ever on varsity and he did a good job throwing strikes. He did an outstanding job of throwing strikes. We started a freshman on the mound and a freshman behind the plate and they did an excellent job of letting the defense work for us tonight, and we cut down on the errors and it showed up on the score board tonight," said Longstreth.
"Pitching was okay, defense was okay, energy was ok, we just need to keep getting better. We left a small village on the base paths today. And you aren't going to win ball games like that. We went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and had ten strikeouts on the game," said Fort Jennings coach Eric Schwab.
With the win on Thursday night the Lancers improve to 1-2 on the year and the Musketeers drop to 3-2 on the season.
WP Jalen Roberts (LV) 7 innings 8 hits 3 runs 5 walks 10 strikeouts
LP Mark Metzger (FT) 5 innings 10 hits 4 runs 6 strikeouts
Lancers 2B Austin Leeth, Derek Friesner
FT 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 - 3 10 0
LV 2 0 0 0 2 2 x - 6 11 2