MIDDLEPOINT – The Lincolnview Lancers faced off against the Delphos Jefferson Wildcats on Wednesday night at Lincolnview High School for boys ACME baseball. The Lancers got a bit of revenge with a 7-0 victory over Jefferson.

Jefferson started the game with a single from Conner Anspach who advanced to second on a fielding error by Lincolnview. Lincolnview’s pitcher Thad Walker retired the next three Jefferson batters to end the top of the first.

In the bottom of the second, Jaden Youtsey reached base via the hit by pitch. Youtsey stole second and third and advanced to the plate on a throwing error by the Wildcats, 1-0 Lancers.

With two outs in the bottom of the second, three straight walks for Lincolnview batters loaded the bases for Kyle Wallis. Wallis hit a hard smash at the Jefferson shortstop Logan Herron who was unable to gather the ball. Creed Jessee and Walker came around to dent the plate and increase the Lincolnview lead to 3-0.

Walker struck out the side in the top of the third to end his night after three innings.

Up until the bottom of the fourth, Lincolnview was being no hit even though the Lances were up 3-0. Ethan Kemler ended that with a single to left field and scored on an RBI infield single from Walker. Sam Myers hit the ball to left field to plate Walker and extend their lead to 5-0.

Jefferson got their best chance to score in the top of the fifth with a one-out walk by JT Taviano and single by Herron. Collin Overholt, who was on the mound in the fifth, buckled down to strike out the next two Jefferson batters.

Lincolnview got the first two batters on in the bottom of the sixth in the form of Kemler and Braxton Fox, and a RBI groundout by Walker and Fox scoring on a pass ball gave Lincolnview a 7-0 lead.

Overholt came on as relief in the fourth inning. Overholt was on the rubber to start the top of the seventh. Overholt snagged a line drive and flipped the ball to first baseman Kemler for a game-ending double play.

The double play gave the Lancers a 7-0 victory over Jefferson.

“Defensively errors just killed us. Our first pitcher started off good the first inning,” said Delphos Jefferson ACME coach Jason Mahlie. “We gave up a couple walks; then errors just broke the game open. Neither team got a lot of hits today. We had three kids that are very young pitching, and outside of a few walks here and there, I thought they did just fine.”

“Our pitchers came out, and both pitched very well,” said Lincolnview ACME coach Chad Overholt. “Thad Walker and Collin Overholt both pitched well and were very effective. I don’t know how many hits they gave up; I haven’t looked at the book yet, but we were able to field the balls that were hit to us.”

Jefferson drops to 0-2 on the young season, and the next game will be against the Van Wert Cougars on Friday. Lincolnview improves to 3-3-1 on the summer, and the Lancers will travel to Columbus Grove on Friday.