|Knight rally falls short, still head to ACME State|
|Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:16 AM|
BY JIM METCALFE
COLDWATER — Crestview has been living on the edge during the M.A.V.S. ACME District 4 Tournament putting together several late rallies to stay alive and earn a berth in the 2013 State Tournament starting Saturday at Coldwater.
The Knights had another chance for that Tuesday night at Minster’s Hanover Street Park against Coldwater but fell short in a 5-3 loss.
“I’m so proud of the guys. We never gave up and managed to grab at least two late wins,” Crestview ACME coach Jeff Helm. “We had a chance today but we didn’t come up with enough 2-out hits. I also think we didn’t make them earn their runs but they took advantage of mistakes by our pitchers.”
However, both teams advance to State with Crestview being one of the seven District representatives and Coldwater the host.
“We made it in 2002 and also our junior varsity team made it two years ago. A lot of the guys on this team were part of that team,” Helm added.
Crestview’s Brock Rolsten led off the game against Coldwater’s winner righty Grant Muhlenkamp (5-plus innings, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 1 free pass, 3 strikeouts) with a single and advanced on a 1-out groundout by Bryce Richardson.
After Coldwater (24-4) left a runner (Muhlenkamp) on second in the first on a 1-out single and error, they went up 2-0 in the home second against Crestview southpaw Elliot Callow (4-plus IPs, 4 hits, 4 earned runs, 4 BBs, 1 K). With one out, Derek Thobe and Adam Klosterman hit back-to-back knocks. Mitch Schoenherr bunted them up a base and two wild pitches scored both.
The Knights (16-4) got a 1-out single by Callow in the third but he got caught stealing by Blake Spangler.
Coldwater made it 3-0 in the host third: 1-out chop single down the left-field line by Mitch Heyne and two stolen bases. After Matave Bettinger walked and advanced on a passed ball, Spangler launched a sacrifice fly to center to score Heyne. Thobe walked and a wild pitch moved both runners up but they got no farther.
Isaiah Simerman was safe on a 2-out error in the Crestview fourth.
The Cavaliers made it 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth. Muhlenkamp walked and Heyne worked a 2-0 count to chase Callow (for lefty Justin Overmyer). He ended up walking. A wild pitch advanced both runners. Both eventually touched the dish on wild pitches as Overmyer (1/3 inning) was replaced by Adrian Camp, who got the final two outs.
The visitors received a leadoff single by Camp, a sacrifice bunt by Jake Lippi and a groundout by Overmyer to get Camp at third but he stayed there.
The Knights then made things interesting in the top of the sixth. Rolsten walked and Mitch Rickard had a 2-0 count before Muhlenkamp was relieved by southpaw Brandon Kunk. Rickard and then Richardson walked to load the bases. Simerman unloaded them with a triple to deep right center but Kunk got the next three batters to keep the damage to 5-3.
Camp gave up a leadoff single by Matt Kramer in the Coldwater sixth and Brody Hoying bunted him up a base. However, Hoying was picked off by Camp. Muhlenkamp walked and stole second but Heyne flied out to end the threat.
Kunk had a 1-0 count on Crestview pinch-hitter in the seventh before Greg Gilliland was summoned for relief. He got the side in order to end the contest.
Coldwater plays Shawnee and Crestview takes on Ottawa-Glandorf Saturday.
Brock Rolsten c 3-1-1-0, Mitch Rickard ss 2-1-0-0, Bryce Richardson 2b 2-1-0-0, Isaiah Simerman 3b 3-0-1-3, Jordan Roop 1b/rf 3-0-0-0, Adrian Camp cf/p 3-0-1-0, Jake Lippi lf/cf 2-0-0-0, Justin Overmyer rf/p/lf 2-0-0-0, Nathan Owens ph 1-0-0-0, Elliot Callow p/1b 2-0-1-0, Damian Helm ph 1-0-0-0. Totals 24-3-4-3.
Brody Hoying rf/lf 3-0-0-0, Grant Muhlenkamp p/rf 2-0-1-0, Kraig Schoenherr pr 0-1-0-0, Mitch Heyne 1b 3-2-1-0, Malave Bettinger dh 2-0-0-0, Brandon Kunk lf/p 0-0-0-0, Greg Gilliland p 0-0-0-0, Blake Spangler c 1-0-0-1, Kohl Koester pr 0-0-0-0, Derek Thobe 2b 1-1-1-1, Adam Klosterman ss 3-1-1-0, Mitch Schoenherr cf 1-0-0-0, Jason Bills ph 1-0-0-0, Matt Kramer 3b 2-0-1-0. Totals 19-5-5-1.
Score by Innings:
Crestview 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 - 3
Coldwater 0 2 1 0 2 0 x - 5
E: Callow, Klosterman; LOB: Crestview 4, Coldwater 7; 3B: Simerman; SB: Heyne 2, Muhlenkamp, Kramer; CS: Callow (by Rolsten); POB: Kramer (by Camp); Sac: Lippi, Hoying, M. Schoenherr; SF: Spangler.
IP H R ER BB SO
Callow (L) 4.0 4 4 4 4 1
Overmyer 0.1 0 1 1 3 0
Camp 1.2 1 0 0 1 0
Muhlenkamp (W) 5.0 3 1 1 1 3
Kunk 1.0 1 2 2 2 2
Gilliland (S) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
Callow faced 1 batter in 5th
WP: Callow 3, Overmyer 3; PB: Rolsten.