Lincolnview’s Kaitlyn Brant takes a swing at a pitch during the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Lancer Field. The Lady Lancers rolled to two easy wins over Pandora-Gilboa. (Times Bulletin/Brian Bassett)
BY NICK JOHNSON
Times Bulletin Correspondent
MIDDLE POINT- The Lincolnview Lancers faced off against the Pandora-Gilboa Rockets on Saturday afternoon for a softball doubleheader at Lincolnview High school. The Lancers swept the twinbill with wins of 17-3 and 13-2, both games by run-rule.
The Lady Lancers scratched across seven runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to five walks, including a bases-loaded walk to Lauren Calvert.
In the bottom half of the second, the Lancers got a walk to Devann Springer followed by a two-run home run by Kelsey Mohr to left field to give Lincolnview a 9-0 lead.
Julia Thatcher led off the bottom of the third with a triple and later scored on a Jodie Doner RBI ground out. Lincolnview scored another run in the third inning when Calvert walked with the bases loaded to force in another run to make the score 11-0.
The Lancers got six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, including RBI hits from Doner and Mikenna Klinger to make the score 17-0.
The Rockets scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning, including an RBI ground out by Jaenna Sigler to make the score 17-3.
The three runs in the fifth inning were not enough to prevent Lincolnview from run ruling the Rockets, however, in the first game of the day.
The second game was more of the same for the Lancers, as Lincolnview pitcher Courtney Gorman struck out two Rocket batters to start the game.
The first eight Lancer batters then reached base, including back-to-back doubles by Kaitlyn Brant and Springer. The Lancers ended the bottom of the first with a Doner RBI double and Brant RBI single to make the score 8-0.
In the top of the second, Pandora-Gilboa got a walk and a single from Sigler and Duling, but neither runner were able to cross the plate.
In the bottom of the second, the Lancers tacked on three more runs including a Hannah Taylor RBI groundout and a Doner RBI triple to push the lead to 11-0.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Lincolnview got RBI singles from Mohr and Kendra Fraker to push the advantage to 13-0.
The Rockets got two runs in the top of the fifth when Gibson doubled home a run and Hunter Hermiller got an RBI single to cut the Lancer lead to 13-2.
Again, however, the Lancers were able to run-rule the Rockets in the second game to sweep the double header.
"It was a nice job pitching by both our pitchers Ashley (McClure) and (Courtney) Gorman pitched well, Gorman especially, being a second pitcher not getting as much time. She showed me today that I can go to her if Ashley isn't on," said Lancer coach Kent McClure. "Our defense played well today, they hit the ball and put it in play. We continued to hit and their pitchers were not bad, they had a little bit of zip. This should help us later next week when we have to play Perry and a big game with Crestview.
"You've got to be patient when the pitcher is struggling to find the strike zone, you've got to have that discipline to not swing at stuff we shouldn't be swinging at. Then the second game was againts a nice pitcher with a little more zip and in the strike zone. I was glad to see that we got the swings and put them in play. It is nice to see us hit the ball hard all over the field,"added McClure.
After the two-game sweep Lincolnview its their record to 4-0 on the season.
The Rockets drop to 0-3 on the young season.
Game 1: WP Ashley McClure (LV) 4 2/3 innings 3 strikeouts 2 hits 2 walks
LP Hunter Hermiller (PG) 4 innings 17 runs 2 strikeouts 6 hits 15 walks
HR: Kelsey Mohr (LV) 2 run-hr
3B: Julia Thatcher (LV)
PG 0 0 0 0 3 - 3
LV 7 2 2 6 X - 17
Game 2: WP Courtney Gorman (LV) 5 innings 2 runs 5 strikeouts 5 hits 3 walks
LP Shea Watkins (PG) 4 innings 13 run 3 strikeouts 17 hits
3B: Jodie Doner (LV)
2B: Kayala Gibson (PG), Jodie Doner (LV), Kaitlyn Brant (LV), Devann Springer (LV), Macey Ashbaugh (LV)
PG 0 0 0 0 2 - 2
LV 8 3 0 2 X - 13