Addysen Stevens of Lincolnview dives for a ball against Crestview on Friday night. (DHI Media/Wyatt Richardson)
Addysen Stevens of Lincolnview dives for a ball against Crestview on Friday night. (DHI Media/Wyatt Richardson)

CONVOY — After Lincolnview’s 5-2 win over Crestview Friday, the two softball teams ended the NWC season tied for the title at 7-1. Their overall records were also identical at 20-4. It was the Knights’ 20th league title, the Lancers’ fourth, including last year’s (per NWC website).

Yet the moods after this game were vastly different — the Lancers were joyous, the Knights solemn. Crestview’s season is over after being ousted from the tournament by New Bremen Thursday, while Lincolnview is moving on to a 6:00 p.m. Tuesday Division IV district semifinal against New Bremen (7-14) at Wapakoneta.

Both pitchers, Taylor Post for Lincolnview and Olivia Heckler for Crestview, went the distance, and both pitched well. However, the Knight defense committed six errors, the Lancer defense only one, and that very likely was the difference.

Post gave up two runs (one earned), four hits, walking one, hitting one, striking out 9, throwing 87 pitches, 61 strikes (70 percent). Heckler yielded five runs (two earned), eight hits, walking one, hitting one, striking out five, throwing 104 pitches, 75 strikes (72 percent).

Crestview jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Rightfielder Megan Mosier led off by lining an opposite field single to left, then continued on to second when Lincolnview threw wildly on a return to the pitcher. Two straight wild pitches plated Mosier.

However, aided by five Knight errors, Lincolnview answered with single runs, all unearned, in the second, third, and fourth innings to lead 3-1.

The run in the second came without the benefit of a hit, thanks to two Crestview errors. In the third, in addition to another Knight error, the visitors got a triple from second baseman Ashlyn Price and an infield single from shortstop Kendall Bollenbacher. In the fourth, catcher Grace Brickner and Price had consecutive singles, and two more Crestview errors helped the Lancer cause.

There was no more scoring until the seventh when the game’s only earned runs crossed the plate.

In the top of the seventh, a walk to Post was followed by a bloop single to right by DP Braxton Sherrick. With Post on third and pinchrunner Emma Bowersock on second, first baseman Zadria King pulled a two-RBI single down the first baseline to stretch the lead to 5-1, a seemingly safe lead with Post in the circle.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Knight catcher Rylee Miller was hit by a pitch and replaced by courtesy runner Josie Kulwicki. Leftfielder Kaylee Mollenkopf then smoked a double down the leftfield line, scoring Kulwicki to cut the lead to 5-2, but Post got the next two batters on a groundout and strikeout to end it.

The Lancers had multiple hits from Price (2 for 2, including a triple, one run, one RBI) and Brickner (2 for 4). The other Lincolnview hits came from Bollenbacher (1 for 4, one RBI), leftfielder Addysen Stevens (1 for 4, a double), Sherrick (1 for 4), and King (1 for 3, two RBI). Flex third baseman Sydney Fackler had five assists without an error.

Crestview’s hits came from Miller (1 for 3, one run), third baseman Laci McCoy (1 for 3), Mollenkopf (1 for 3, a double, one RBI), and second baseman Katie Sawmiller (1 for 3).

The game was the last for Crestview seniors Rylee Miller, Lexi Parrish, Kylee Reno, and Hope Loyer.

Box score (r-h-e)

Lincolnview 011 100 2 - 5 8 1

Crestview 100 000 1 - 2 4 6

Lincolnview 5 (ab-r-h-rbi)

Makayla Jackman rf 3-0-0-0, Kendall Bollenbacher ss 4-0-1-1, Addysen Stevens lf 4-0-1-0, Taylor Post p 3-2-0-0, Braxton Sherrick dp 4-0-1-0, Emma Bowersock pr 0-1-0-0, Andi Webb cf 4-1-0-1, Zadria King 1b 3-0-1-2, Zada Walker ph 1-0-0-0, Grace Brickner c 4-0-2-0, Allie Miller cr 0-0-0-0, Ashlyn Price 2b 2-1-2-1, Sydney Fackler 3b 0-0-0-0. Totals 32-5-8-5.

Crestview 2 (ab-r-h-rbi)

Megan Mosier rf 3-1-1-0, Laci McCoy 3b 3-0-1-0, Olivia Heckler p 3-0-0-0, Katelyn Castle ss 3-0-0-0, Micaela Lugabihl 1b 2-0-0-0, Rylee Miller c 2-0-0-0, Josie Kulwicki cr 0-1-0-0, Kaylee Mollenkopf 3-0-1-1, Katie Sawmiller 2b 3-0-1-0, Lexi Parrish 3-0-0-0, Nevaeh Ross 0-0-0-0. Totals 25-2-4-1.

Errors: Bollenbacher, Ross, Castle 3, Lugabihl, Mosier. Sac Bunt: Jackman. HBP: Price (by Heckler), Rylee Miller (by Post). Doubles: Stevens, Mollenkopf. Triple: Price. LOB: CV 4, LV 9.

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so)

Post (W) 7-4-2-1-1-9

Heckler (L) 7-8-5-2-1-5

Pitches/Strikes: Post 87/61, Heckler 104/75

Wild Pitches: Post 2