|Knights stay alive in ACME District|
|Monday, July 15, 2013 12:04 AM|
BY JIM COX and BRIAN BASSETT
ST. HENRY - It’s safe to say that nobody saw this coming.
In the bottom of the seventh, with two outs, two strikes and nobody on, Crestview rallied for three runs to top St. Henry 3-2 Sunday afternoon in the M.A.V.S. ACME District Tournament.
It was 2-0, St. Henry, in the bottom of the seventh and Redskin right-hander Mitchell Stammen had totally dominated Crestview up to that point, allowing only one hit - a first-inning flare to center by Damian Helm - no hard-hit balls and no runners beyond first base. He retired the first two batters in the seventh and had a 1-2 count on shortstop Bryce Richardson.
Richardson, though, blasted an opposite-field double to right. Catcher Nate Owens walked, Stammen’s only free pass of the game. Relief pitcher Adrian Camp lined a single to left in a play that should have filled the bags but Owens overran second by a long shot and was caught in a pickle. Somehow, he eluded the tag and game-ending out by getting back to second, during which Richardson scored making it 2-1. Jake Lippi then ran for Owens at second base. Rightfielder Jordan Roop bounced to short but the throw to first was wild, plating Lippi with the tying run, leaving Camp at third and Roop at second.
Stammen and second baseman Brian Kremer then switched positions. Kremer walked second baseman Brock Rolsten, filling the bases. Centerfielder Cam Etzler ended it by bouncing an opposite-field walk-off single that barely found its way between the first and second basemen — completing the unimaginable turnaround.
“They’re resilient,” said Knight coach Matt Perkins of his team. “They came through in the clutch like they had to. They battled and that’s all you can ask. The kid (Stammen) competed all the way to the end. He pitched unbelievably.”
Through the first five innings, Redskin hitters hit several solid balls off of Crestview starter Etzler but failed to cash in on many of them.
They took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. With one out centerfielder Garret Stout reached on a bad-hop single off the glove of Rolsten. Catcher Briar Holloman flied to center but Etzler walked leftfielder Jeff Paul and rightfielder Andrew Lundvall followed with an RBI single to right.
The Skins got another tally in fifth. With one out, Stout lined a single to center. Holloman reached when his bouncer was booted, putting runners at first and second. Paul punched a base hit to right, scoring Stout, after which Camp replaced Etzler on the mound. Camp held the Redskins in check the rest of the way, setting the stage for the dramatic ending.
The Knights’ fielding was nothing to write home about — four errors, one by each of the infielders — although none of those miscues figured in the scoring.
In his 4.1 innings of work, Etzler yielded two runs, both earned, on six hits, striking out three and walking one. He threw 72 pitches, of which 44 were strikes. Camp got the win, pitching 2.2 innings, giving up no runs on one hit, neither striking out nor walking a batter.
Stammen took the loss while throwing 6.2 innings, yielding three runs, one earned, on three hits, fanning six and walking one. He threw 72 pitches, including 44 strikes. Twenty-four of his pitches came in the seventh inning. Kremer faced only two batters, giving up a walk and Etzler’s game winning knock.
The win matches the Knights (15-3) with Minster in an elimination game 6:30 p.m. Monday at Minster. The winner of that will play Coldwater, which has yet to lose, 6 p.m. Tuesday at Minster, with another game to follow if Coldwater loses the first one. Both of those teams will advance to the state tournament, Coldwater going automatically because it’s the host team for the state. St. Henry’s season is over at 20-7.
Stout was the game’s only big hitter, going 4-for-4 and scoring twice. Richardson’s seventh-inning double was the game’s only extra-base hit.
Saturday at St. Henry’s Wally Post Athletic Complex, in an elimination game tied at two through six innings, it was Crestview that got the clutch hit.
The Knights scratched across a run in the top of the sixth and held on the rest of the way to eliminate St. Marys Memorial 3-2 in the losers’ bracket.
The game was virtually a dead-heat, with the Roughriders managing only four hits while the Knights tallied three.
The most important hit of the game turned out to be an RBI single off the bat of catcher Nate Owens which scored first baseman Damian Helm - the eventual game-winning run.
The run held but barely.
Down one in the home seventh, St. Marys (14-9) showed signs of life. Catcher Isaac Fitzpatrick singled to open the frame and first baseman Mason Gross walked to put two on with none out.
Directly out of a mound visit, Crestview (14-3) pitcher Isaiah Simerman got his most important throw of the game - a pickoff to second to nab pinch-runner Austin Quellhorst for the inning’s first out.
Pinch-hitter Brandon Coffey the picked up the would-be game-tying single which, thanks to the pickoff, kept runners at first and second with one out.
Simerman then induced a flyout and a lineout to end the game and advance the Knights in the tourney.
Simerman pitched well for the Knights, as did his counterpart, Marshall Lininger.
Lininger held the Crestview bats hitless through three despite allowing a pair of runs in the second. Shortstop Bryce Richardson and Owens each walked to open the visitor second. Third baseman Adrian Camp then dropped a bunt to move up the runners before right fielder Jordan Roop scored Richardson when he hit into a fielder’s choice.
Second baseman Brock Rolsten then plated Owens when he reached on an error to give the Knights a 2-0 lead.
Simerman held the Roughriders hitless until they, in turn, scored a pair of runs in the home third. No. 8 batter Mickey Harbaum and nine batter Dirk Fenwick each drew walks to open the frame and centerfielder Nate Vogel singed before leftfielder Jared Knous came through with a two-run single to tie the game.
After the 2-run innings, both pitchers buckled down. Simerman threw three perfect innings before the final threat in the home seventh and Lininger faced the minimum in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings - only faltering in the sixth.
Simerman picked up the win. He went all seven innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits while walking three and striking out one.
Lininger’s line looked similar despite taking the loss. He went all seven innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits while walking four and striking out four.
Owens led the Knights at the plate. He went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Leftfielder Mitchell Rickard picked up the other Crestview hit, while Roop and Rolsten added RBIs.
Knous went 1-for-3 for the Roughriders with two RBIs.
St. Henry (ab-r-h-rbi)
Stout cf 4-2-4-0, Holloman c 4-0-0-0, Paul lf 3-0-1-1, Lundvall rf 3-0-1-1, Stammen p/2b 3-0-0-0, Jacobs 1b 3-0-0-0, Mikesell ss 3-0-0-0, Heitkamp 3b 3-0-1-0, Osterholt pr 0-0-0-0, Kremer 2b/p 2-0-0-0, Bill ph 1-0-0-0. Totals 29-2-7-2.
Etzler p/cf 4-0-1-1, Rickard lf 3-0-0-0, Helm cf/1b 3-0-1-0, Simerman 3b 3-0-0-0, Richardson ss 3-1-1-0, Owens c 2-0-0-0, Lippi pr 0-1-0-0, Camp rf/p 3-1-1-0, Roop 1b/rf 3-0-0-0, Rolsten 2b 2-0-0-0. Totals 26-3-4-1.
Score by innings: R H E
St. Henry 001 010 0 - 2 7 2
Crestview 000 000 3 - 3 4 4
WP: Camp; LP: Stammen. LOB: St. Henry 6, Crestview 5. 2B: Richardson. DP: Richardson to Rolsten to Helm.
Score by Innings:
Crestview 020 001 0 - 3 3 0
St. Marys 002 000 0 - 2 4 1
WP - Simerman; LP - Lininger.
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