Tough Luck For Lancers As Regionals Approach

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After starting the season 12-3, the Lincolnwood High School softball team has had to face off against some tough competition as their season winds down.

After falling to North Mac on May 22, the Lady Lancers dropped two more games to start this week. On Monday, May 24, the Lancers fell to New Berlin by an 8-5 final score, followed by a 7-1 loss to MSM Conference juggernaut Tri-City in Buffalo on Tuesday, May 25.

In the loss to the Pretzels on Monday, all 13 runs were scored in the first three innings, with New Berlin posting a pair of four-run frames to start the game.

Lincolnwood got their first run in the bottom of the first after Taryn Millburg singled to score Cassie Krager, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.

A Katie Long two-run homer would help spark another four-run inning for the Pretzels in the second, but Lincolnwood cut the seven-run lead down to four with three runs of their own in the bottom of the second.

Patience at the plate paid off for the Lancers, who drew three walks in the inning against New Berlin starter Kaitlyn Reynolds. The third of those three walks drove in a run as Marisa Webb walked, Desi Pitchford singled, Sidney Glick walked and Avery Pope walked to push Kylie Neisler (Webb’s pinch runner) across home plate.

A sacrifice fly by Cassie Krager would drive in Pitchford and make it 8-3, while a single by Brittany Slightom plated Glick for the Lancers’ fourth run of the game.

Marisa Webb would come on for Lincolnwood starter Taryn Millburg in the third inning and pitched the first of five scoreless frames.

The Lancers got another run in the third after Amanda Seelbach, who pinch ran for Paige Rainwater after the Lancer sophomore started off the inning with a single, took second and third on wild pitches and scored on an error by New Berlin.

Over the last four innings, Lincolnwood drew four walks, including two in the seventh inning, but couldn’t scratch out any hits as New Berlin escaped with the win.

The Pretzels would outhit the Lancers 13-5 and would draw four walks and be hit by a pitch six times. All five Lincolnwood hits were singles, compared to New Berlin who had two doubles and Long’s home run to help the offense.

Tri-City

Early runs also cost the Lancers against Tri-City, who plated all seven of their scores in the first two innings. The fact that Lincolnwood scored at all in the game should be a source of pride though, as just seven teams have crossed home plate against the 21-1 Tornadoes, who have only allowed 18 runs total this year.

Tri-City would get four runs in the first and three runs in the third off Lancer ace Paige Rainwater, who only allowed three hits in five and two-thirds innings. While hits weren’t an issue, base runners were, as Tri-City walked nine times and were hit by a pitch thrice as they kept the bases busy, especially early on.

Lincolnwood’s lone run came in the fourth and was also in part due to a walk. Taryn Millburg worked a 11-pitch free pass against Tri-City’s Daleny Chumbley, fouling off a potential third strike five times before ball four.

Paige Rainwater singled after Millburg’s walk and Millburg would come around to score on an error by the Tri-City right fielder.

Lincolnwood threatened again in the sixth, getting a single from Millburg and a double from Rainwater with two outs before the Tornadoes ended the threat, but were set down in order on three straight strikeouts in the seventh to end the game.

The Tornadoes would be outhit 4-3 in the game, but relied on Chumbley to shut the door as the junior hurler struck out 11, walked one and hit two on the day.

The loss dropped Lincolnwood’s record to 12-6 overall and 5-2 in the MSM Conference. Their schedule, which includes a May 26 doubleheader against Pawnee, doesn’t get much easier as they take on Tri-City at home on May 27 and SCC power Gillespie on May 28, before heading to postseason play.

The top seed in their regional, the Lady Lancers will host either Brussels or Pleasant Hill on June 3,with the winner moving on to play for a regional title on June 4.

May 24 at Raymond

New Berlin 440 000 0 8 13 1

Lincolnwood 131 000 0 5 5 0

Pitching Statistics

New Berlin IP R ER H K BB

Reynolds 7 5 4 5 5 7

*Reynolds 1 HBP

L’wood IP R ER H K BB

Millburg 2 8 8 10 1 2

Webb 5 0 0 3 3 2

*Webb 4 HBP, Millburg 2 HBP

Batting Statistics

Multiple Hits: New Berlin - Katie Long 2-2, Mae Bandelow 2-3, Marissa Heironimus 2-3, Kaitlyn Reynolds 2-4, Kenna Bixby 2-5. 2B: New Berlin - Kenna Bixby 1, Jenna Long 1. HR: New Berlin - Katie Long 1. Runs: Lincolnwood - Cassie Krager 1, Sidney Glick 1, Amanda Seelbach 1, Kylie Neisler 1, Desi Pitchford 1. RBI: Lincolnwood - Avery Pope 1, Cassie Krager 1, Brittany Slightom 1, Taryn Millburg 1. 

May 25 at Buffalo

Lincolnwood 000 100 0 1 4 1

Tri-City 403 000 x 7 3 1

Pitching Statistics

L’wood IP R ER H K BB

Rainwater 5.2 7 6 3 4 9

Webb 0.1 0 0 0 0 0

*Rainwater 3 HBP

Tri-City IP R ER H K BB

Chumbley 7 1 0 4 11 1

*Chumbley 2 HBP

Batting Statistics

Multiple Hits: Lincolnwood - Paige Rainwater 2-3. 2B: Lincolnwood - Paige Rainwater 1. Runs: Lincolnwood - Taryn Millburg 1. 

Record: Lincolnwood (12-6, 5-2); Tri-City (21-1, 7-0).

Lady Lancers Split With 'Cats, Fall To North Mac

A doubleheader split with Edinburg and a tough loss to North Mac ended the week for the Lincolnwood softball team.

The Lancers took on the Wildcats on Thursday, May 20, in an MSM Conference clash in Raymond. Both games would go down to the wire, with Lincolnwood scoring a 6-5 win in game one and Edinburg taking game two by a 7-4 final score.

Four of the first six batters struck out for a scoreless opening inning and a tone setter for a close contest between the two conference foes. Lincolnwood struck first with an RBI ground out by Marisa Webb, which scored Brittany Slightom after the senior led off the second with a base hit.

Paige Rainwater was on her game in the first two innings, setting down the first six batters she faced in order, but the Lincolnwood starting pitcher ran into trouble in the third. The Wildcats would walk once and pick up five of their seven base hits in the third inning, which led to all five of their runs in the game.

The surge meant that Lincolnwood would have to play from behind for much of the game, but the Lancers proved they were up to the challenge. Slightom scored for a second time after singling to start the fourth and working her way around the bases to eventually score on a passed ball.

After a 1-2-3 bottom of the fourth by Rainwater, Sidney Glick singled and scored on a double by Cassie Krager to make it 5-3 in the Wildcats’ favor. Another run came in the top of the sixth after back-to-back singles by Rainwater and Marissa Webb, with Rainwater’s courtesy runner, Justine Seelbach, scoring from second on Webb’s base hit.

Still down 5-4, Lincolnwood was down to its last three outs when Cassie Krager singled to lead off the seventh. The senior standout stole second, advanced to third on an error by the Wildcat catcher and scored to tie the game on a sacrifice bunt by Slightom.

With the bases empty and one out, the Lancers would start over again, with Taryn Millburg driving a single to center, then moving to second on a Wildcat error that allowed Paige Rainwater to reach first. With Seelbach courtesy running for Rainwater again, Marisa Webb loaded the bases for senior Katelyn Payne. Payne got the job done as she grounded to shortstop Jenna Pop and Millburg beat her throw home for the go-ahead run.

The Wildcats would threaten in the seventh after an error, a single and a walk loaded the bases, but a grounder back to the mound resulted in a throw home, the game’s third out and a Lincolnwood victory.

Brittany Slightom, Marisa Webb, Sidney Glick and Cassie Krager all had two hits in the win, with Krager picking up the game’s only extra base hit on the double in the fifth.

Rainwater finished the game with nine strikeouts, seven hits allowed and two walks to earn the win, while opposing pitcher Rylie Burney struck out 12, walked two and allowed 10 hits.

Burney would get her revenge in game two of the double dip as she struck out eight batters and went 2-for-3 with a home run and three runs scored in the Wildcats’ 7-4 win.

Burney’s blast gave Edinburg their first lead of the game in the top of the third after the two teams traded runs in the first two innings. Lincolnwood’s run came in the bottom of the first after Avery Pope singled and scored later on a passed ball, while Edinburg tied the game in the second before Burney’s solo shot gave them a 2-1 lead.

After a scoreless fourth, Edinburg plated two more runs, only to have the Lancers answer back with two of their own in the bottom of the fifth on solo home run by Sidney Glick and an RBI single by Brittany Slightom that scored Cassie Krager.

The runs cut the Edinburg lead to one, but there wouldn’t be much time to celebrate as the Wildcats plated three more runs on two hits two walks and two errors to make it a 7-3 ball game.

Lincolnwood got one run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Marisa Webb after Paige Rainwater singled and her courtesy runner, Justine Seelbach, made her way to third on a pair of stolen bases.

That would be as close as Lincolnwood got though as Burney would allow just one base runner on a walk in the seventh inning to close out the game.

Ryleigh Davidson, Rylie Burney, Mia Pop and Jenna Pop all had multiple hits in the win as Edinburg outhit the Lancers 12-8. Marissa Webb and Sidney Glick would have half the Lancers’ hit total as Webb went 2-for-2 and Glick was 2-for-4.

Taryn Millburg took the loss on the mound, allowing seven runs (five earned) on 12 hits and three walks, with three strikeouts in the game.

North Mac

On Saturday, the Lancers were held to one hit as the North Mac Panthers swept into town and left with a 6-0 victory.

Josie Patterson and Kayla Gillespie teamed up for the shutout, with Patterson striking out 11 and Gillespie K’ing three. Lincolnwood’s first base runner wouldn’t come until there were two outs in the fourth inning, when Cassie Krager singled to right to break up the no-hitter.

Krager would steal second, but Patterson would get the next batter to ground to short for the third out of the inning. Lincolnwood’s only other baserunner was Brittany Slightom, who reached on an error in the seventh, but again North Mac got out of the jam as Gillespie coaxed a ground back to the mound to end the game.

The Panthers scored once in each of the first two innings, once on a solo home run by Patterson, but gained most of their lead in the fourth when they plated four runs on a Gracie Meador grand slam to make it 6-0. All six runs were charged to Paige Rainwater, who gave up eight hits and walked four while striking out seven in five and a third innings. Taryn Millburg came on to pitch the final one and two-thirds in relief and struck out four, not giving up a hit and walking one.

May 20 at Raymond

Lincolnwood 010 111 2 6 10 3

Edinburg 005 000 0 5 7 3

Pitching Statistics

L’wood IP R ER H K BB

Rainwater 7 5 5 7 9 2

Edinburg IP R ER H K BB

Burney 7 6 4 10 12 2

*Burney 1 HBP

Hitting Statistics

Multiple Hits: Lincolnwood - Brittany Slightom 2-3, Marisa Webb 2-3, Cassie Krager 2-4, Sidney Glick 2-4; Edinburg - Rylie Burney 2-4. 2B: Cassie Krager 1. Runs: Lincolnwood - Brittany Slightom 2, Sidney Glick 1, Cassie Krager 1, Taryn Millburg 1, Justine Seelbach 1. RBI: Lincolnwood - Marisa Webb 2, Cassie Krager 1, Brittany Slightom 1, Katelyn Payne 1.

May 20 at Raymond

Edinburg 011 023 0 7 12 1

Lincolnwood 100 021 0 4 8 2

Pitching Statistics

Edinburg IP R ER H K BB

Burney 7 4 3 8 5 1

L’wood IP R ER H K BB

Millburg 6 7 5 12 3 3

Rainwater 1 0 0 0 1 0

Hitting Statistics

Multiple Hits: Edinburg - Ryleigh Davidson 3-4, Rylie Burney 2-3, Mia Pop 2-4, Jenna Pop 2-4; Lincolnwood - Marisa Webb 2-2, Sidney Glick 2-4. 2B: Edinburg - Ryleigh Davidson 2; Lincolnwood - Sidney Glick 1, Marisa Webb 1. HR: Edinburg - Rylie Burney 1; Lincolnwood - Sidney Glick 1. Runs: Lincolnwood - Sidney Glick 1, Avery Pope 1, Cassie Krager 1, Justine Seelbach 1. RBI: Lincolnwood - Sidney Glick 1, Brittany Slightom 1, Marisa Webb 1. 

May 22 at Raymond

North Mac 110 400 0 6 8 1

Lincolnwood 000 000 0 0 1 1

Pitching Statistics

North Mac IP R ER H K BB

Patterson 5 0 0 1 11 0

Gillespie 2 0 0 0 3 0

L’wood IP R ER H K BB

Rainwater 5.1 6 5 8 7 4

Millburg 1.2 0 0 0 4 1

*Rainwater 1 HBP

Multiple Hits: North Mac - Gracie Meador 2-4. HR: North Mac - Gracie Meador 1, Josie Patterson 1.

Record: Lincolnwood (12-4).

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