|Knights score in 12th inning to sneak past Wildcats|
|Wednesday, May 08, 2013 12:50 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
CONVOY — Monday afternoon/evening was almost a perfect time for baseball at the Crestview Sports Complex, with comfortable temperatures and the sun peaking out later.
Jefferson and Crestview played one for the ages, going 12 innings in a Northwest Conference struggle.
In the end, Crestview played small-ball to perfection in the last of the 12th, scoring with one down to grab a 4-3 dandy.
Cam Etzler (2-for-5, 1 run) led off their half-frame against Jefferson reliever Zach Ricker (3-3; 4 1/3 innings, 4 hits, 1 earned run, 1 base-on-balls, 4 strikeouts) with a free pass, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice by Venice Roberts and scored on lefty-swinging Jordan Roop’s ground ball to shortstop, beating Ross Thompson’s throw home to catcher Austin Jettinghoff.
The run gave southpaw Damian Helm, the third Crestview hurler, the win (5-0; 2 IPs, 2 hits, 2 Ks). Isaiah Simerman (4-plus IPs, 3 hits, 3 earned runs, 3 BBs, 5 Ks) and Roberts (6-plus IPs, 2 hits, 1 BB, 2 Ks) combined to limit the Wildcats (13-9, 2-6 NWC) to four hits in the first 10 frames.
Thompson (10 hits, 3 runs, 1 earned, 3 Ks) held down the Knights (12-3, 8-0 NWC) for the first seven innings.
Drew Kortokrax had the only multi-hit night at the plate for the Wildcats, going 2-for-5.
Besides Etzler, other Knights with multiple hits were Nate Owens (3-for-5, 1 runs, 1 run batted in), Simerman (2-for-6, 1 RBI), Helm (2-for-6), Bryce Richardson (2-for-6) and Jake Harmon (2-for-6, 1 run).
“We played our rear ends off; I couldn’t be prouder of the effort we showed today. We pitched very well between Ross and Zach and our defense made some terrific plays behind them,” Jefferson coach Doug Geary noted. “We did well in two of the three phases today: pitching and defense. The offense struggled. Crestview started with their number 4, then brought in their number 2 and closed with their ace, so they went backwards today. We needed a game like this, where every pitch was big, with the tournament starting Saturday (2:30 p.m. versus Parkway at Shawnee). Earlier on, we were beating teams by wide margins or getting beat the same way.”
Crestview mentor Jim Wharton was extremely pleased with his team.
“We got some great pitching. Isaiah got us off to a good start, Venice came in and did even better and Damian had to pitch out of two tough situations; he showed why he is one of the premier pitchers in the NWC,” Wharton added. “We had plenty of opportunities to score runs; we struggled getting the clutch hit. At the same time, I think the effort Jefferson gave today — with nothing but pride on the line in the NWC for them and us having the lead — shows the character of their players and the good work Doug does with them.”
Crestview struck for two tuns in the bottom of the second on an error and two hits, including a run-scoring triple by Owens (plating Roberts), and an earlier fielder’s-choice groundout by Roberts (Harmon).
The Wildcats, who left nine on base, got within 2-1 in the top of the third on a line single off the second baseman’s glove by Seth Wollenhaupt, a 1-out sacrifice bunt by Tyler Wrasman and a run-scoring knock by Thompson.
Jefferson tied it at 2-2 in the visiting half of the fourth. Austin Jettinghoff was hit by a pitch, advanced on a blooper to right by Kortokrax, to third on a 1-out walk to Zavier Buzard and scored as Wollenhaupt flied out to right center.
The Knights, who left 14 on base — at least one in every inning save the first and ninth — retook the lead at 3-2 in the fourth on 1-out double to deep center by Owens, a misplayed grounder by Brock Rolsten and an RBI hit by Simerman.
The Knights would not score again until their last at-bat, though they had chances galore. Thompson and Ricker did the job on the mound, with plenty of solid plays behind them in the field.
Jefferson tied it 3-3 in the fifth on a leadoff free pass to Wrasman, a walk to Thompson, a sacrifice bunt by Ricker and a Jettinghoff sacrifice fly to center.
Jefferson was then held to three base-runners in the next six frames, including a leadoff triple to right center by Kortokrax to start the 11th that brought Helm to the mound. He got out of the frame with no runs scored.
Crestview hosts Bath today and Jefferson hosts Ada Thursday.
Ross Thompson p/ss 4-0-1-1, Zach Ricker 2b/p 5-0-0-0, Austin Jettinghoff c 4-1-0-1, Drew Kortokrax rf 5-0-2-0, Jordan Herron 3b 5-0-0-0, Zavier Buzard cf 4-0-1-0, Seth Wollenhaupt lf 4-1-1-1, Tyler Rice dh 5-0-1-0, Ryan Bullinger 1b 0-0-0-0, Tyler Wrasman ss/2b 1-1-0-0, Gage Townsend-Schleeter ph 1-0-0-0. Totals 38-3-6-3.
Isaiah Simerman p/3b 6-0-2-1, Damian Helm lf/p 6-0-2-0, Bryce Richardson ss 6-0-2-0, Jake Harmon 1b 6-1-2-0, Cameron Etzler cf 5-1-2-0, Venice Roberts 3b/p/lf 5-1-0-0, Jordan Roop rf 6-0-1-2, Nathan Owens c 5-1-3-1, Jacob Leaphy pr 0-0-0-0, Brock Rolsten 2b 4-0-0-0, Nik Thomas ph 1-0-0-0. Totals 50-4-14-4.
Score by Innings:
Jefferson 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 3 6 3
Crestview 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 4 14 2
1 out in 12th when winning run scored
E: Wrasman 2, Thompson, Helm, Harmon; LOB: Jefferson 9, Crestview 14; 2B: Buzard, Helm, Owens; 3B: Kortokrax, Owens: Etzler 2, Harmon, Roberts; CS: Thompson (by Owens), Simerman (by Jettinghoff); Sac: Wrasman 2, Ricker, Roberts; SF: Jettinghoff, Wollenhaupt.
IP H R ER BB SO
Thompson 7.0 10 3 1 0 3
Ricker (L, 3-3) 4.1 4 1 1 1 4
Simerman 4.0 3 3 3 3 5
Roberts 6.0 2 0 0 1 2
Helm (W, 5-0) 2.0 1 0 0 0 2
Simerman pitched to 1 batter in 5th
Roberts pitched to 1 batter in 10th
HBP: Jettinghoff (by Simerman).