MIDDLE POINT – The Lincolnview Acme team had a total of nine players for Wednesday’s game, and with four regular starters missing, the Lancers needed contributions from some different sources. They got those in a 4-1 win – along with an excellent pitching performance by a not-unexpected source, Creed Jessee. Lincolnview is now 4-3-1; Crestview is 3-3.

The Lancers had only three hits in the game but took advantage of seven walks and two errors in the first four innings to score four runs – and, with Jessee on the hill, that was plenty.

Lincolnview started freshman-to-be Landon Price on the mound, and the lefty got through the first inning with no problems. Jessee took over from there.

Meanwhile, Crestview starter Brant Richardson had location difficulties from the start. The Lancers scored two in the first on a walk, error, RBI bloop single by Price, another walk, and an RBI infield single by Clayton Leeth.

The Knights’ only run came in the top of the second on doubles by Griffin Painter and Brody Brecht. Crestview didn’t get a runner beyond second base after that.

Lincolnview stretched the lead to 3-1 in the third. Price pulled a one-out single to right, and Jaden Youtsey walked. Jessee struck out, but consecutive walks to Leeth and Cole Binkley forced in a run – 3-1, Lincolnview, after three.

The Lancers started off the bottom of the fourth with a booted grounder off the bat of Kyle Wallis and a walk to Collin Overholt, which brought in Painter to relieve Richardson. Braxton Fox bounced out, moving Wallis to third, from where he scored on a sacrifice fly by Price – 4-1, Lancers, after four.

Jessee, using his usual assortment of off-speed pitches with good locations, yielded only the one run on five hits while walking two and striking out seven. Of his 81 pitches, 52 were strikes.

Price led the Lancer offense, going 2 for 3 with one run scored and two RBI. Leeth had the only other Lincolnview hit.

Kaden Short went 2 for 3 for Crestview. Painter and Brecht each had a double. Riley Saylor and Jaylen Jefferson had a single apiece.

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Crestview (ab-r-h-rbi)

Riley Saylor cf/lf 3-0-1-0, Kaden Short 2b/ss 3-0-2-0, Brant Richardson p/cf 3-0-0-0, Griffin Painter ss/p 3-1-1-0, Korbin Hartman c 3-0-0-0, Kole Small rf 1-0-0-0, Riley Wilson ph 1-0-0-0, Brody Brecht 3b 3-0-1-1, Trevor Sheets eh/1b 1-0-0-0, Jaylen Jefferson lf 1-0-1-0, Logan Gerardot 2b 0-0-0-0, Carson Kreischer 1b/eh 1-0-0-0. Totals 23-1-6-1.

Lincolnview (ab-r-h-rbi)

Collin Overholt c 2-1-0-0, Braxton Fox 2b 4-1-0-0, Landon Price p/1b 3-1-2-2, Jaden Youtsey ss 1-0-0-0, Creed Jessee 3b/p 2-0-0-0, Clayton Leeth 1b/3b 2-0-1-1, Cole Binkley cf 2-0-0-1, Sam Myers lf 3-0-0-0, Kyle Wallis rf 2-1-0-0. Totals 21-4-3-4.

LOB – CV 5, LV 7. Doubles – Painter, Brecht. SB – Overholt, Saylor. Sac Bunts – Kreischer, Gerardot. Errors – Small, Myers, Hartman, Fox, Kreischer.

CV 010 000 0 - 1 6 3

LV 201 100 x - 4 3 2

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

Richardson (L) 3+-3-4-2-6-5.

Painter 3-0-0-0-1-6.

Price 1-1-0-0-0-1.

Jessee (W) 6-5-1-1-2-7.

Wild Pitches – Richardson 1, Jessee 1.

Pitches/Strikes – Richardson 82/45, Painter 40/26, Price 13/7, Jessee 81/52.