|Wildcats fall twice in ACME matchups|
|Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:16 AM|
By NICK JOHNSON
CONVOY - The Crestview Knights faced off against the Jefferson Wildcats in AMCE baseball on Monday night at the Crestview Sports Complex.
The Knights got a brilliant performance by pitcher Bryce Richardson, who had a night he won’t soon forget as Crestview got the 4-0 win.
This date will be one that Richardson won’t soon forget as he no-hit the Wildcats for seven innings, allowing only two base-runners via the base-on-balls. He recorded five strikeouts in the process.
Richardson got the first two batters out in the top of the first before Ross Thompson walked and reached second on an error when Richardson tried to pick him off at first base.
Crestview got on the board in the second frame when Isaiah Simerman singled to lead off the inning, stole second and made it to third because of an error. Jordan Roop hit a ground ball to the first baseman to bring home Simerman and make the score 1-0, Knights.
Roop reached first base on a ground ball because of an error by the first baseman and was later joined on the base paths by Brock Rolsten, who walked and stole second base. With runners on second and third and two outs, Mitchell Rickard knocked home both with a base hit to increase the Crestview lead to 3-0.
In the top of the third inning, Jefferson leadoff batter Zavier Buzard walked with two outs to become the second batter — and the last for the Wildcats — to reach base for the rest of the game.
In the bottom of the fourth frame, the Knights loaded the bases with one out but Thompson got a strikeout and a fielder’s choice to prevent more Crestview runs from scoring.
Crestview tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth when Simerman tripled and with the bases loaded, Adrian Camp drew a walk to bring home the fourth run of the game for the Knights.
With two outs in the top of the seventh inning and a full count, with the no-no on the line, Richardson fanned the Wildcat batter to end the game
“Bryce threw very well and the defense was solid behind him. Bryce was working all of his pitches, staying ahead in the count and making the hitters hit the ball,” Crestview coach Jeff Helm said. “Again, our defense was very solid. We didn’t have a lot of hits but we strung enough together to make things work and I couldn’t be prouder of what Bryce did on the mound tonight.”
The Knights improve to 4-0 and Jefferson is 0-5.
“Had a little bit of the ‘I don’t know’ — we just seemed tired. Several players just got back from basketball camp and with off-season lifting but that is no excuse,” Jefferson coach Mark Jettinghoff said. “Their pitcher pitched a good game; our pitcher pitched a good game. We just hit a lot of one-hoppers right at their fielders. We couldn’t get anything going tonight but their pitcher was on his game and he kept us on our toes.”
In Tuesday action, Bath defeated Jefferson 5-2 at Bath.
Davis got the win for the host Wildcats (6-1), while Austin Jettinghoff took the loss for the visiting Wildcats (0-6).
Both teams only had three hits.
Jefferson hosts Lincolnview and Crestview welcomes in St. John’s 6 p.m. tonight.
CRESTVIEW 4, JEFFERSON 0
Score by Innings:
Jefferson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
Crestview 0 0 0 3 1 0 x - 4 3
WP: Bryce Richardson (7 Innings, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts); LP: Ross Thompson (5 innings, 4 runs, 3 hits, 7 walks, 4 strikeouts). 3B: Isaiah Simerman (CV).
BATH 5, JEFFERSON 2
Score by Innings:
Jefferson 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 2 3 2
Bath 0 1 4 0 0 0 x - 5 3 2
WP: Davis; LP: Austin Jettinghoff. 2B: Jordan (B), Briggs (B).