DELPHOS — Jefferson’s ACME summer baseball team needed to win two games on a scorching Monday afternoon and evening at Wildcat Field to capture the Van Wert County title over Crestview.
Leading 10-7 in the bottom of the sixth frame, it looked like a second game would be needed.
The Knights squelched that with a 5-run eruption and then held on for a 12-11 victory.
Both teams move on to Monday’s Coldwater District.
Trailing 10-7, the home Knights (12-5) batted around. Isaiah Simerman led off with a bloop hit to right against Wildcat (9-8) starter Tyler Rice (6 2/3 innings, 10 hits, 12 runs, 5 earned, 3 bases-on-balls, 4 strikeouts; 110 pitches, 67 strikes). He stole second. Two outs later, Alec Heffner (2-for-4) beat out an infield hit wide of third to put runners on the corners. On a hit-and-run, Jake Harmon (3 runs scored. 2 runs batted in) lashed a 2-run double to deep center to make it 10-9. In turn, he was knocked in on an RBI bloop to short center by Nate Owens (2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI ) and a 10-all tie. Trevor Roop walked to finish Rice and bring in Jordan Herron. On a 1-2 count, Alex Brown (2-for-4, 4 RBIs) went opposite way with a double to right center, scoring Owens and Roop for a 12-10 spread.
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