|Crestview errors key to Blue Jays’ win|
|Thursday, April 04, 2013 12:23 PM|
“We’re waiting for the bats to come around, so we have to find ways to score. We didn’t get a lot of hits but we took advantage of what they gave us,” first-year Blue Jay coach Ryan Warnecke said. “We have to be aggressive at the plate and on the bases; we have to play small-ball, manufacture runs and use what is given us well.”
“This is one of those games where you get what you deserve; we deserved to lose by committing all those errors,” he explained. “At the same time, we have had so little time on the actual field, so I’m hoping this will come around as we get playing time. We have some kids in new positions and we miss Bryce Richardson at short (recovering from broken nose); Isaiah (Simerman’s more natural position is third base.”
The Knights (0-1) had battled back from a 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead in the fourth.
The Jays replied with a 3-spot in the top of the fifth to take the lead for good. Ben Wrasman led off against the second Crestview (0-1) hurler, Venice Roberts (0-1; 1 1/3 innings, 2 hits, 3 unearned runs, 1 base-on-balls, 2 strikeouts) by getting aboard via an error and Curtis Geise walked. Both advanced as Craig Klausing bounced out. Wrasman scored as Troy Warnecke got aboard via another fielding error, putting runners on the corners and knotting the score at 4. Ryan Buescher was plunked to load the sacks, finishing the pitching of Roberts (for Simerman; 2 2/3 IPs, 1 hit). Drew Wagner (2-for-4, 2 runs batted in) launched a line single to right to plate Geise and Warnecke and put runners on the corners. However, Wagner was nabbed trying to steal second and Simerman induced a groundout to end the threat at 6-4.
T.J. Hoersten (3 IPs, 1 hit, 2 walks, 2 Ks), got the save with three innings of relief.
He gave up a leadoff walk to Cameron Etzler in the bottom of the fifth, who stole second on a strikeout of Jordan Roop. An out later, he advanced on a wild pitch but was left stranded.
The Jays had a chance to add more to their total in the sixth. Gage Seffernick singled to left to lead it off. Hoersten bunted him up a base. However, he was caught too far off second on Wrasman’s grounder and was tagged out. Geise got aboard via a fielding error but both runners were left on base.
Crestview again got the leadoff man aboard in the bottom half as Simerman (3-for-4) lined a hit up the gut and stole second an out hence. However, he remained there.
Crestview again got the leadoff guy aboard in the home half of the seventh as Nathan Owens walked, was balked to second and got to third on a wild pitch. However, Hoersten induced a comebacker, fanned the next man and Geise, now at short, dove to grab Nik Thomas’ liner to end the game.
The Jays got a 3-spot in the top half of the opener against Crestview lefty ace Damian Helm (3 IPs, 2 hits, 3 unearned runs, 3 Ks). Geise led off by getting on base on an error and swiped second. An out later, Troy Warnecke moved him to third on a liner to left and took second on the throw home. Buescher grounded a hit up the gut to plate Geise and put runners on the corners. Buescher stole second and an out later, Clay Courtney’s grounder was booted, allowing both Warnecke and Buescher to touch the dish for a 3-0 edge.
Simerman lined a hit to right to start the bottom half of the first against Geise and got to third on consecutive groundouts by Helm and Roberts. However, he was left at third.
Crestview got a run back in the second with two down. Jordan Roop singled to center and Thomas followed with a hit to left. Roberts blooped a single that just hit chalk down the short right-field line to get Roop home and put runners on the corners but they stayed put.
Roberts lined one to left with one down in the third and stole second but could get no farther.
Drew Wagner led off the Jays’ fourth with a double to the gap in left center against Roberts but the Jays couldn’t move him.
Crestview took the lead in the home half. Etzler walked and stole second. An out later, he moved up on a wild pitch. Thomas walked and a wild pitch scored Etzler for a 3-2 deficit. A passed ball pushed Thomas to third. Brock Rolsten walked and as he took off for second, Simerman’s infield hit wide of third scored Thomas. Helm’s bouncer forced Rolsten at third. Roberts walked to load the sacks and a wild pitch scored Simerman for a 4-3 edge. Jake Harmon walked to reload the bases but a called third strike on Owens ended the threat.
“Curtis was not at his best but considering the few practices he’s had, he did all right. He’ll get better as he gets more innings but he did enough,” Coach Warnecke added. “Our defense was outstanding, as it was Monday against Wapak. We were in good position all night, made good decisions and made good throws.”
“We put the ball in play well and got a lot of base-runners; we just didn’t get them home enough,” he added. “Damian pitched a good game; all our pitchers threw nice. We just have to make plays behind them.”
Both teams return to the diamond today: St. John’s at home versus Jefferson (at Wildcat Field for the ALS game) and Crestview at home versus Hicksville.
ST. JOHN’S (6)