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Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:17 PM

By LARRY HEIING

DHI Correspondent

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DELPHOS — Just 10 days ago, the Crestview Knights were in Columbus winning the 2014 Division IV basketball state championship.

Wednesday night, the Knights were in Delphos playing their first game of the baseball season against homestanding St. John’s at Stadium Park.

Crestview head coach Jim Wharton has seven round-ballers on his baseball squad this year and is getting a late jump on the spring season.

“We still have our basketball players in a transition phase from the hardwood to the diamond and are slowly getting their arms into shape,” Wharton explained. “We aren’t allowing them to throw much yet but we’ll get there. As a matter of fact, this is our first game and also the first time we played infield this year.”

The Knights looked like they were in mid-season form as they ruined the home opener for the Blue Jays with a 12-0 victory in five innings.

Crestview hit the field running after Cam Etzler walked against Blue Jay starting pitcher Eric Vogt and then stole second base. Damian Helm’s base hit scored Etzler for the Knights’ first run of the season. Isaiah Simerman singled to left as Helm stopped at second. Nate Owens followed with another base knock to left to score Helm for a 2-0 lead. After the Knights loaded the bases, Logan Roop hit a sac fly to the outfield for another run and managed to score four times in the opening inning. Vogt managed to limit the damage by retiring the next two batters.

The bottom of the inning saw the Blue Jays go down in order and trailed 4-0.

St. John’s coach Ryan Warnecke said “after we played well the night before at Wapakoneta, we just came out flat tonight. It’s tough to come back against a strong program like Crestview when we weren’t ready to play and they took advantage.”

The Knights came right back in the second inning, scoring three more runs on four consecutive hits. Vogt then settled down to again retire the last two batters to escape the second-inning threat and trail 7-0.

The Blue Jays finally showed some life as Buddy Jackson continued his hot start to the season — after going 3-for-3 Monday night — with a single to right field. J.R. Keirns followed with another hit and St. John’s had two on with no outs. Austin Heiing’s grounder to third retired Jackson on a force out. Gaige Seffernick hit a shot to second that retired Heiing and the Knights overthrew first base on the double-play attempt. Keirns alertly headed for home but was thrown out on the play to end the inning.

Vogt retired the first two batters he faced to open the third inning and then the wheels fell off as the Blue Jays committed three straight errors leading to two more runs scored by Crestview. Seffernick was called in to pitch by Coach Warnecke and he recorded a strikeout to end the inning.

The Blue Jays again went down 1-2-3 on three strikeouts and trailed 10-0 after three innings.

After the Knights scored another run in the top of the fourth inning, the Blue Jay bats came to life. Kyle Pohlman led off with a liner to left but was forced out on Ben Wrasman’s fielder’s choice. Jackson remained perfect on the year with a single to center as Wrasman headed to third. A Keirns blooper fell in for a hit and the Jays had the bases loaded. Wrasman was picked off of third base and Heiing singled to right to fill the bags again. The scoring threat ended when Seffernick grounded out.

Crestview scored again in the top of the fifth and the Jays went down after Jesse Ditto and Josh Warnecke reached base to end the game after five innings.

Simerman was a perfect 4-of-4 at the plate and scored four times for the Knights.

Jackson was again the bright spot for the Jays behind the plate and was perfect in his two at-bats and has a team high five hits in the young season.

The Knights left nine runners on base and the Jays stranded five.

St. John’s visits Jefferson 5 p.m. tonight (weather permitting); Crestview hosts Parkway 5 p.m. Friday.

Score by Innings:

Crestview 4 3 2 2 1 - 12

St. John’s 0 0 0 0 0 - 0

WP: Adrian Camp (1-0); LP: Eric Vogt (0-1).

 

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