|Wildcats rally past Knights in ACME hardball|
|Tuesday, June 17, 2014 8:00 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
CONVOY — The Jefferson ACME summer baseball team rallied from a 4-3 deficit and scored the last five runs to double up Crestview 8-4 in action Monday at the Crestview Athletic Complex.
The Wildcats scored the first three runs in the top of the fourth frame, with the host Knights answering with one in the home half and three more in the bottom of the fifth.
The Red and White tallied three runs in the visitors’ sixth and two in the seventh.
Josh Teman got the pitching win, going the first five frames (4 hits, 2 bases-on-balls, 4 unearned runs, 1 strikeout; 62 pitches, 34 for strikes), with Jace Stockwell getting the save with two frames of 1-hit, 2-strikeout relief (37 pitches, 25 strikes).
Gaige Rassman (3 runs, RBI) and Jake Pulford (run) went 2-for-3 to pace the Wildcat 6-hit attack.
Crestview southpaw Justin Overmyer started (3 2/3 IPs, 2 hits, 4 BBs, 3 earned runs, 4 Ks; 68 pitches, 33 strikes) but righty reliever Spencer Rolsten took the loss (2 1.3 IPs, 3 hits, 1 BB, 3 runs, 2 earned, 1 hit batter, 2 Ks; 38 pitches, 23 strikes). Preston Gerardot threw an inning of 1-hit, 1-walk, 2-unearned run relief.
Gerardot led the 5-hit Crestview offense with a 2-for-3 night (run), while Colby Clifton went 1-for-3 with two runs batted in.
After the Knights had rallied to take the lead 4-3 at the end of five frames, the Red and White took it back with that 3-spot in the top of the sixth. Rassman started it with an infield hit and an out later, Pulford singled to right and Ryan Bullinger walked to juice the bases. Nick Fitch was hit by a pitch, scoring Rassman, and Adam Rode forced Fitch at second to get Pulford home and put runners on the corners. A throwing error on a Kurt Wollenhaupt grounder plated Bullinger for that 6-4 lead.
The hosts tried to retaliate in the home half as Zach Simerman got aboard via a 2-out error but was caught trying to steal by Fitch.
The visitors put on the last two runs in the seventh. Hunter Binkley got aboard on a leadoff throwing error, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and, an out later, scored as Rassman singled sharply to right. An error on a Gage Mercer grounder allowed both runners to stay on base. Pulford walked to load the bases and a force-out of Pulford on Bullinger’s grounder got Rassman in for the final tally.
Gerardot led off the Crestview seventh with a single to left but could only get as far as second.
The Wildcats didn’t touch Overmyer until a 2-out free pass to Wollenhaupt in the visiting third.
The Knights first got to Teman with a 1-out infield hit to short by Gerardot but Fitch threw out his second attempt base-stealer.
The Red and White took a 3-0 edge in the fourth. Binkley led off with an infield hit, took third on a pickoff error and touched the dish on a Jace Stockwell sacrifice fly to center. Back-to-back bases-on-balls (Rassman and Mercer) and a slap to right by Pulford juiced the sacks. Rassman scored on Bullinger’s sac fly to center and after Fitch walked to again load them up, Rode’s infield hit to short plated Mercer for the 3-run lead.
The Knights got a run back in the bottom half on a 1-out walk to Colby Clifton, a pickoff error and an RBI slap to center by Nate Owens.
The home team took the lead with a 3-run fifth. With one down, Simerman got aboard on a throwing error, followed by a 2-base throwing error on a Gerardot grounder that plated Simerman. Gerardot stayed put as Rolsten beat out an infield hit to short and Jordan Miller Walked to load the bases. Clifton conked a 2-run single the opposite way into left to get Gerardot and Rolsten home for that 1-run edge. A pickoff error moved runners to second and third but they stayed there.
Both teams return to the diamonds today, both at home: Jefferson vs. Lincolnview and Crestview vs. St. John’s.
Hunter Binkley 2b/ss 4-2-1-0, Jace Stockwell ss/p 3-0-0-1, Gaige Rassman 1b 3-3-2-1, Gage Mercer 3b 3-1-0-0, Jake Pulford eh 3-1-2-0, Ryan Bullinger rf 2-1-0-1, Nick Fitch c 2-0-0-1, Adam Rode lf 3-0-1-2, Kurt Wollenhaupt cf/2b 2-0-0-0, Josh Teman p/cf 3-0-0-0. Totals 28-8-6-6.
Jordan Miller c 3-0-0-0, Colby Clifton 1b 3-1-1-2, Nathan Owens rf/2b 3-0-1-1, Justin Overmyerp/rf 3-0-0-0, Jake Lippi lf 3-0-0-0, Mitchell Rickard ss 3-0-0-0, Zach Simerman 3b 3-1-0-0, Preston Geradot cf/p 3-1-2-0, Spencer Ralston 2b/p/cf 3-1-1-0. Totals 27-4-5-3.
Score by Innings:
Jefferson 0 0 0 3 0 3 2 - 8
Crestview 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 - 4
E: Mercer 3, Rickard 2, Rassman, Teman, Overmyer, Simerman; LOB: Jefferson 8, Crestview 4; SB: Binkley, Bullinger, Gerardot; CS: Simerman (by Fitch), Gerardot (by Fitch); SF: Stockwell, Bullinger.
IP H R ER BB SO
Teman (W) 5.0 4 4 0 2 1
Stockwell (S) 2.0 1 0 0 0 2
Overmyer 3.2 2 3 3 4 4
Ralston (L) 2.2 3 3 2 1 2
Gerardot 1.0 1 2 0 1 0
WP:; PB: Fitch; HBP: Fitch (by Rolsten); BB: Rassman, Mercer, Pulford, Bullinger, Fitch, Wollenhaupt, Miller, Clifton.