Lincolnview catcher Tyler Richey fields a ball in front of a sliding Fort Recovery player. The throw was in time and the Lancers got the out at the plate, but fell to the Indians 3-2. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
BY JIM COX
Times Bulletin Correspondent
MIDDLE POINT - It was Fort Recovery's fourth game, and Lincolnview's first, Tuesday afternoon. Perhaps that was the only difference between the two teams, as the Indians won a well-pitched contest 3-2. Fort Recovery is now 3-1, Lincolnview 0-1.
A two-out, two-run, fifth-inning double by Indian centerfielder Elijah Kahlig gave the visitors a 3-1 lead and, eventually, the victory. Kahlig's big hit, a shallow fly ball into the gap in left center, followed consecutive singles by catcher Blake Boughman and first baseman Jacob Muhlenkamp.
The Lancers got one back in the bottom of the fifth on a walk to shortstop Nick Leeth, a ground out by centerfielder Austin Leeth, and a double to the left field fence by pitcher Kyle Williams. However, there was no more scoring in the game.
Lincolnview dented the scoreboard in the bottom of the first on a Williams double to the base of the fence in left, followed by a line single up the middle by first baseman Derek Friesner.
Fort Recovery knotted it 1-1 in the top of the third. With one out, shortstop Chad Schroel walked. Boughman crushed a liner to the left field corner, but a textbook relay from left fielder Dalton Kayser to shortstop Nick Leeth to catcher Tyler Richey snuffed out an Indian run and turned it into a controversial out at the plate, Boughman ending up at third on the throw home. Muhlenkamp's opposite-field triple to the right field fence then plated Boughman to make it 1-1 after three.
Indian right-hander Kent Retz got the win, pitching five innings and giving up two runs, both earned, on three hits, while striking out five and walking two. Cole Wendel pitched the last two innings to earn a save. He didn't allow a baserunner, striking out two and walking none.
Williams went six innings for the Lancers and took the loss, yielding three runs, all earned, on seven hits, striking out three and walking three. Youtsey moved from third to the mound and pitched a perfect seventh inning, neither striking out nor walking a batter.
"Kyle (Williams) did a great job of mixing it up," said Lincolnview's first-year coach Kevin Longstreth. "Their top of the lineup was pretty solid, so he did a good job of mixing it up to them, threw a lot of strikes to the bottom of the lineup, made them use the bats. Then Derek (Youtsey) came in and did what he needed to do, threw strikes."
Fort Recovery got big games at the plate from its second, third, and fourth hitters - Boughman (2 for 4, including a double, one run), Muhlenkamp (3 for 4, including a triple, one run, one RBI), and Kahlig (1 for 3, a double, two RBIs). For Lincolnview, Williams went 2 for 3, both doubles, one run, one RBI. Friesner was 1 for 3 with an RBI.
Although there were six errors in the game - four by the Indians, two by the Lancers - none figured in the scoring.
"For the most part, our kids were really prepared and ready to go today," said Longstreth. "All that work we put in, defensively, I can't complain. Hitting, the first time out, seeing somebody live, three hits just isn't gonna cut it. We did the small things. We just need more runners, better at-bats, hitting to the opposite field like we've been preaching to them."
Lincolnview is scheduled to host Van Wert Wedneday. That is the first of ten games scheduled in the next 14 days for the Lancers.
Score by innings: R H E
Fort Recovery 001 020 0 - 3 7 4
Lincolnview 100 010 0 - 2 3 2
Fort Recovery (ab-r-h-rbi)
Schroel ss 3-0-0-0, Boughman c 4-1-2-0, Lochtefeld pr 0-1-0-0, Muhlenkamp 1b 4-1-3-1, Kahlig cf 3-0-1-2, Hobbs 3b 2-0-0-0, Pottkotter 2b 2-0-1-0, Thien lf 3-0-0-0, Riegle rf 3-0-0-0, Joash dh 2-0-0-0, Retz p 0-0-0-0, Wendel p 0-0-0-0. Totals 26-3-7-3.
Nick Leeth ss 3-1-0-0, Austin Leeth cf-3b 3-0-0-0, Williams p-cf 3-1-2-1, Friesner 1b-rf 3-0-1-1, Richey c 3-0-0-0, Patterson 2b 3-0-0-0, Kayser 3-0-0-0, Roberts rf 2-0-0-0, McCleery 1b 1-0-0-0, Youtsey 3b-p 2-0-0-0. Totals 26-2-3-2.
Doubles - Boughman (FR), Kahlig (FR), Williams 2 (LV).
Triples - Muhlenkamp (FR).
LOB - Fort Recovery 6, Lincolnview 5.
WP - Retz (1-0)
LP - Williams (0-1).
Save - Wendel (1).