Jefferson pitcher Logan Herron tosses a pitch home against Crestview Friday evening. Jefferson fell to Crestview 5-0. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Jefferson pitcher Logan Herron tosses a pitch home against Crestview Friday evening. Jefferson fell to Crestview 5-0. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)

DELPHOS – The Crestview Knights took home a share of the Northwest Conference baseball championship on Friday by defeating the Jefferson Wildcats 5-0.

Crestview, Lincolnview and Jefferson all get a piece of the league crown by finishing 7-1 in the conference.

Crestview struck first in the top of the second inning when Riley Saylor drove in Dylan Hicks to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. Derek Stout knocked in Griffin Painter with a single to left and put the Knights up by two early.

Hicks had a one-out double in the third that scored Brett Schumm and stretched the lead to 3-0. Crestview failed to capitalize with a runner in scoring position as Jefferson hurler Logan Herron struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

Herron made quick work of the Crestview batters in the fourth before they put up two insurance runs in the fifth. Hicks drove in Bryce Richardson and Schumm with a double to the right-field gap to give the Knights a 5-0 lead.

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The Wildcats threatened in the bottom of the sixth inning when Brenen Auer reached base on an error. A poor throw to first allowed him to advance into scoring position but he was left stranded on second.

The Crestview pitching was on point all game. Kole Small and Griffin Painter threw a combined one-hit shutout en route to their victory. Painter provided great relief to close out the game for the Knights. He struck out the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the seventh and helped secure the win for Crestview.

Knights head coach Jim Wharton was happy with the way Small performed in the game: “Kole has been doing this all year. He is showing people you don’t have to have great velocity but if you have command of three pitches then you will be an awful tough pitcher.”

He was also excited to claim a piece of the league championship.

“It is always a goal at the beginning of the year and we had a disappointing loss to Linconview earlier in the season and coming out of our sectional final win last night I told the kids that we have unfinished business. Our kids really came to play today and that is a testament to them and their love for baseball,” he concluded.

Jefferson head coach Doug Geary was disappointed after the game: “It’s tough to show a 17- or 18-year-old the big picture – we are still co-champs. It’s frustrating because we didn’t hit the ball well. Give Crestview credit; they manufactured runs and we didn’t. Herron pitched well for us but when you don’t score runs, it makes a big difference.”

Jefferson will wrap up their season Monday when they face crosstown rival Delphos St. John’s while Crestview will battle it out with Licolnview in the district semifinals on Wednesday.

Crestview (5)

Bryce Richardson 1b 4-1-1-0, Brett Schumm c 4-2-1-0, Caden Hurless 2b 4-0-2-0, Dylan Hicks 3b 3-1-2-3, Griffin Painter ss 4-1-0-0, Riley Saylor lf 3-0-1-1, Derek Stout rf 3-0-1-0, Korbin Hartman dh 3-0-1-0, Kole Small p 0-0-0-0, Charles Stefanek lf 3-0-0-0, Total 31-5-9-4

Jefferson (0)

Conner Anspach 1b 2-0-0-0, Hunter Haehn 3b 3-0-1-0, Darius Shurelds 2b 3-0-0-0, Tyler Shrider dh 3-0-0-0, Logan Herron p 0-0-0-0, Brenen Auer c 3-0-0-0, Tyler Bratton ss 2-0-0-0, Darnell Simpson lf 2-0-0-0, Caleb Lucas rf 3-0-0-0, x-Josh Wiseman rf 0-0-0-0, Braxton Scalf cf 2-0-0-0, Total 23-0-1-0

2B: Richardson, Hicks SB: Schumm 2, Painter

Score by Innings – H R E

Crestview 021 020 0 – 5 10 2

Jefferson 000 000 0 – 0 1 2

IP H R ER BB SO

Crestview

Kole Small (W) 6 1 0 0 2 3

Griffin Painter 1 0 0 0 0 2

Jefferson

Logan Herron (L) 6 8 5 5 2 4

Caleb Lucas 1 1 0 0 0 1

BY JOE DRAY

DHI Media Sports Writer

sports@delphosherald.com