|Knights sweep two from Jeffcats for ACME sectional title|
|Sunday, July 07, 2013 11:56 PM|
BY JIM COX
VAN WERT - With a top seed in next week’s Minster/St. Henry ACME District Tournament at stake, Jefferson and Crestview met Saturday for the sectional title — but rain left the issue still unresolved until Sunday.
Saturday started with no losses for the Jeffcats and one for the Knights, so Crestview needed to win two to nab the championship and the top seed — which they eventually got.
The Knights took the opener 10-2 but the second game was washed out in the top of the fifth with Jefferson leading 5-3. That game finished on Sunday with a 6-5 Crestview win.
Jefferson will start district play 6 p.m. Wednesday at St. Henry against the Mercer County top seed. Crestview plays Mercer County’s second seed in the second game that night.
In the first game, the Knights jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back. Pitcher Cam Etzler led off with a double to the gap in left-center. Leftfielder Mitchell Rickard pulled a single through the first/second hole, plating Etzler. First baseman Damian Helm carbon-copied Rickard’s hit, putting runners on the corners. Catcher Nate Owens bounced an opposite-field single through that same hole, scoring Rickard and moving Helm to third. Shortstop Bryce Richardson popped to short for the first out but third baseman Adrian Camp sac-flied to left, bringing in Helm.
The red, white and blue added two more in the second. Rightfielder Justin Overmyer led off with an opposite-field base hit to right and Etzler followed with his second double, this one a bouncer down the third-base line, putting runners at second and third. Rickard’s grounder to first brought in Overmyer — and was muffed, allowing Etzler to also score — 5-0, Knights, after one and a half.
Wildcat starter Ryan Bullinger then found his groove, cruising through the next four innings, allowing only one run, that coming in the fourth on a single and stolen base by Etzler, a single by Rickard and an RBI fielder’s-choice grounder by Helm.
In the meantime, Jefferson finally got to Crestview starter Etzler for a run in the bottom of the fourth. Catcher Austin Jettinghoff led off with a base knock up the middle. First baseman Jake Pulford followed with a single down the third-base line and second baseman Hunter Binkley filled the bags by ripping a liner to left. Third baseman Jordan Herron bounced into a 6-4-3 double play, plating Jettinghoff.
Delphos added a second run, unearned, in the fifth. That came on a Bullinger single, a dropped line drive off the bat of shortstop Jace Stockwell and an opposite-field RBI single to right by Jettinghoff.
The Knights added a weird 4-spot in the top of the seventh, mainly due to bunts that the Wildcats had trouble fielding. Richardson started the inning by dribbling one in front of the plate for an infield single. Camp bunted his way on and second baseman Brock Rolsten reached on an infield fumble, filling the bags. Pinch-hitter Elliot Callow reached on a bunt, scoring Richardson. Etzler, too, beat out a bunt, bringing in Camp, and Rickard did likewise, plating Rolsten. Helm brought in the fourth run of the inning, Callow, on a bouncer to second.
Etzler went the distance, yielding two runs, one of which was earned, on eight hits, while striking out four and walking four. He threw 90 pitches, of which 56 were strikes.
Big hitters for Crestview were Etzler (4-for-5, including 2 doubles, 3 runs, 1 RBI), Rickard (3-for-5, one run, 3 RBIs), Owens (2-for-5, 1 RBI) and Rolsten (2-for-4, including a double, 1 run).
For Jefferson, it was Jettinghoff (3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI), Binkley (2-for-3) and Bullinger (2-for-3, 1 run) with the big bats.
Etzler p 5-3-4-1, Rickard lf 5-1-3-3, Helm 1b 4-1-1-2, Owens c 5-0-2-1, Richardson 4-1-1-0, Camp 3b 3-1-1-1, Rolsten 2b 4-1-2-0, Lippi cf 4-0-0-0, Overmyer rf 3-1-1-0, Callow rf 1-1-1-1. Totals 38-10-16-9.
Teman cf 2-0-0-0, Stockwell ss 3-0-0-0, Arroyo ph 1-0-0-0, Jettinghoff c 4-1-3-1, Pulford 1b 4-0-1-0, Binkley 2b 3-0-2-0, Herron 3b 3-0-0-0, Talboom lf 2-0-0-0, Rice rf 2-0-0-0, Goergens rf 0-0-0-0, Bullinger p 3-1-2-0. Totals 27-2-8-1.
Score by Innings: R H E
Crestview 3 2 0 1 0 0 4 - 10 16 1
Jefferson 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 - 2 8 4
WP: Etzler; LP: Bullinger. 2B: Etzler 2, Rolsten. LOB: Crestview 9, Jefferson 8. Double Plays: Richardson to Helm (CV); Helm unassisted (CV); Richardson to Rolsten to Helm (CV); Stockwell to Pulford (DJ).
The second game was considerably more exciting, neither team ever leading by more than two runs.
The Knights jumped out to an early lead by scoring twice in the top of the first. Centerfielder Etzler led off with a walk, stole second and scored on a line single up the middle by second baseman Rickard, although Rickard was cut down at second trying to stretch it. First baseman Helm then tripled to the gap in left-center and scored when leftfielder Owens bounced out.
Jefferson, however, closed it to 2-1 in the bottom half. Pitcher Teman led off with a single to left, then stole second and was bunted to third by shortstop Stockwell. Catcher Jettinghoff then plated Teman with a bouncer to short.
The Knights added an unearned run in the second when third baseman Camp made it to second on a throwing error, to third on a fly to center by catcher Rolsten and home on a groundout by pitcher Callow.
The Wildcats trumped that run in the bottom half to make it 3-2. Third baseman Herron led with an opposite-field single to right and was bunted to second by centerfielder Tyler Talboom, who reaching on a throwing error. Rightfielder Tyler Rice tried a bunt, too, and reached on another throwing error, filling the bags. Herron scored on a free pass to leftfielder Bullinger. That was the only run, however, because it was followed by an infield pop-up and an odd double play — Stockwell flied to Etzler and Talboom was nailed on an 8-6-5 relay.
The game then turned in the Jeffcats’ favor with two runs in the third and another score in the fourth. Jettinghoff led the third with a walk and first baseman Pulford ripped an opposite-field single to right, putting runners on the corners. After a pop-out, Herron bounced an infield single into the third/short hole, scoring Jettinghoff. Talboom loaded the bases with a rip to center and Rice scored pinch-runner Cole Arroyo by bouncing into a force at second — 4-3, Jefferson, after three.
The ’Cats touched Callow for a fifth run in the fourth. With one out, Callow plunked Stockwell, who then went to third on Jettinghoff’s opposite-field knock to right and home on Pulford’s liner through the third/short hole — 5-3, Jefferson, after four.
With one out in the top of the fifth, Crestview started its comeback off of Teman. Helm reached first on an errant throw and Owens poked a double down the right-field line, putting runners at second and third. At that point, the steady drizzle became a downpour, which soon rendered the field unplayable and moved the remainder of the game to Sunday.
Rice replaced Teman on the mound on Sunday. He retired shortstop Richardson on a comebacker but then Camp, who was now the Knight pitcher, reached out and poked a 120-foot opposite-field blooper down the right-field line, scoring Helm and Owens, tying the game at 5-5.
Crestview got the game-winner in the sixth. The new third baseman, Isaiah Simerman, led off by blasting a triple into the gap in right-center, then scored on a bouncer to short by rightfielder Jake Lippi.
Delphos threatened to tie it in the bottom of the sixth. Teman led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second by Stockwell. Jettinghoff smacked a single to center but Teman had to hold up to see if the ball was caught, then was nailed going to third on a perfect throw from Etzler to Simerman.
Camp picked up the win by pitching three innings of shutout ball in relief of Callow, walking two and striking out one. Callow had given up five runs, four earned, on seven hits, fanning one, walking one and hitting one.
Jefferson used three pitchers — Teman (4.1 innings, 5 runs, 2 earned, 6 hits, 3 walks), Rice (1.2 innings, 1 earned run, 3 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts) and Binkley (1 inning, a walk, 2 strikeouts).
Helm led Crestview hitters, going 2-for-3 (a double and a triple, 2 runs).
Jefferson was led by Pulford, who was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Herron, who was 2-for-3 (1 run, 1 RBI).
Etzler cf 3-1-1-0, Rickard 2b/lf 4-0-1-1, Helm 1b 3-2-2-0, Owens lf/c 4-1-1-1, Richardson ss 4-0-0-0, Camp 3b/p 3-1-1-2, Rolsten c/2b 4-0-1-0, Callow p 2-0-1-1, Simerman 3b 1-1-1-0, Overmyer rf 1-0-0-1, Lippi rf 2-0-0-0. Totals 31-6-9-6.
Teman p/cf 3-1-1-0, Stockwell 2-1-0-0, Jettinghoff c 3-1-1-0, Pulford 1b 4-0-2-1, Arroyo pr 0-1-0-0, Binkley 2b/p 4-0-0-0, Herron 3b 3-1-2-1, Talboom cf/rf 3-0-1-0, Rice rf/p 2-0-0-1, Bullinger lf 2-0-0-1. Totals 26-5-7-5.
Score by Innings: R H E
Crestview 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 - 6 9 4
Jefferson 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 - 5 7 3
WP: Camp; LP: Rice. 2B: Helm, Owens. 3B: Helm, Simerman. LOB: Crestview 9, Jefferson 8. Double Plays: Etzler to Richardson to Camp (CV); Bullinger to Herron to Jettinghoff (DJ).