|Bath slips by Crestview|
|Thursday, May 09, 2013 12:51 AM|
By JIM COX
The win puts the Wildcats at 14-11 on the season. The Knights are 12-5.
Bath got on the board in the top of the second on a walk to DH Eric Jordan, an opposite-field bloop single to right by right fielder Jared Davis, a sacrifice bunt by catcher Cam Jenkins and a bloop single to left by third baseman Seth Collins.
The Knights promptly trumped that in the bottom half on a walk to shortstop Cam Etzler, a flare base hit to right by catcher Nate Owens and a 2-out double to the left-centerfield gap by center fielder Venice Roberts.
After those two innings, shortstop Etzler (who already had three assists) had to leave the game with an arm injury; coach Jim Wharton moved pitcher Bryce Richardson to short. Left fielder Jordan Roop moved to the mound.
Crestview took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third on a line-drive double to the left-centerfield gap by left fielder Damian Helm, a ground out and a wild pitch.
Roop cruised through the third, fourth and fifth innings but the ‘Cats caught up to him in the sixth. Center fielder Caleb Norton led off with a walk and left fielder Eric Heffner smacked a single to left that was bobbled, putting runners at second and third. Jordan bounced out to first baseman Jake Harmon unassisted, scoring Norton. Davis then sent a flare to shallow center that found grass, plating Heffner with the third Bath run, ending the scoring.
Roop took the loss, throwing four innings, plus one batter in the seventh. He yielded two earned runs and three hits, walking three. Isaiah Simerman pitched to four batters in the seventh, retiring three, one on strikes, while giving up one hit. In the first and second innings, Richardson gave up an earned run on four hits, walking one.
“He (Roop) came in and threw an excellent game,” said Wharton. “He kept us right in it. He pitched well enough to win. We hit some balls but we hit ‘em right at ‘em; that’s kind of tough. It’s a work in progress. We’ve played a lot of games; we’re a little sore. We’re a little nicked up but that’s part of baseball. That’s part of athletics. We’ve gotta fight through that.”
Jordan got the win, pitching the fifth and sixth innings, giving up no runs on two hits, striking out one. Taren Sullivan pitched the first four innings, giving up two earned runs and four hits, striking out two, walking one and hitting a batter. Colin Gossard got the save, pitching the last inning and retiring the Knights 1-2-3.
Norton (2-for-3, 1 run) and Davis (2-for-2, 1 RBI) led Wildcat hitters.
Owens (2-for-3, 2 run) led the Crestview offense.
Crestview (8-0 in the Northwest Conference) plays for an outright NWC championship Thursday at Lima Central Catholic. A Knight win or a Columbus Grove (5-1 in the NWC) loss at Lincolnview gives Crestview the outright championship. Otherwise, the Knights will have to await the outcome of two more Grove conference games (Paulding on Friday, Spencerville on May 16).
Gossard 1b/p 3-0-1-0, Sanders ss 4-0-1-0, Norton cf 3-1-2-0, Heffner lf 4-1-1-0, Jordan dh/p/1b 3-1-0-1, Sullivan p 0-0-0-0, Davis rf 2-0-2-1, Jenkins c 1-0-0-0, Sherman dh 0-0-0-0, Collins 3b 3-0-1-1, Best 2b 3-0-0-0. Totals 26-3-8-3.
Simerman 3b/p 4-0-1-0, Helm lf 3-1-1-0, Rolsten 2b 0-0-0-0, Richardson p/ss 2-0-0-0, Harmon 1b 3-0-1-0, Etzler ss 0-0-0-0, Overmyer rf 1-0-0-0, Owens c 3-1-2-0, Roop lf/p 3-0-0-0, Roberts 3-0-1-1, Thomas rf/lf/3b 3-0-0-0. Totals 24-2-6-1.
Score by Innings:
Bath 010 002 0 - 3 8 0
Crestview 011 000 0 - 2 6 2
WP: Jordan; S: Gossard. LP: Roop. DP: Crestview 1. 2B: Helm, Roberts. LOB: Bath 8, Crestview 5.
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