BY DANIEL JOSEPH
DHI Media Correspondent
CONVOY — When a long day of ACME District 5 summer baseball tourney action was complete Sunday night at the Crestview Athletic Complex, three teams had moved on and two were eliminated.
In game 1, Van Wert shut out Jefferson 13-0 in five innings.
In the middle game, Crestview bested St. John’s 9-5.
In the nightcap, Lincolnview stayed alive with a 6-5 triumph over Jefferson.
In the opener, it was all Cougars.
Following a leadoff error to begin the bottom of the first, Wildcat starter Josh Teman walked two batters to load the bases with just one out. Josh Braun grounded out but Justice Tussing came in to score the game’s first run. The Cougars then scored six more runs on five hits, all coming with two outs in the inning.
All seven first-inning runs were charged to Teman, who was relieved by Jace Stockwell during the rough opening frame.
Stockwell struggled to begin the second as the first five batters came around to score. The Cougars took advantage of four walks in the inning by getting some key hits. Gavin Gardner and Caleb Fetzer each had 2-run doubles during the second.
Jefferson struggled to get any offensive production against right-handed pitcher Caleb Jenkins. Jenkins allowed just two hits on the day and walked one while also hitting a batter.
Several of the Cougars contributed to the offensive surge, whether it be runs scored, hits or RBIs. Fetzer, Gardner, Joe Lisa and Ryan McCracken each contributed two RBIs on the day.
The Cougars have scored 27 runs in the ACME tournament so far and are yet to allow a single run. They will face St. Marys at 4 p.m. today at Crestview.
In the second game, with both teams facing elimination, the Knights stayed alive with a 9-5 win over St. John’s.
Crestview jumped in front with a run in the second, then added two more in the third. Those runs came without benefit of a hit.
The Blue Jay offense didn’t come alive until late in the game but they did manage a run in each of the fourth and fifth frames. St. John’s took advantage of control problems by the Knights’ hurlers, as the Jays racked up five walks in the two innings combined, plus benefitted from a pair of Knight errors.
Crestview scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, all coming after they had two outs in the inning. After a leadoff single by Jacob Lippi, the next two batters struck out with Lippi still stuck on first. Two singles and an error later, the Knights found themselves on top 6-1.
The Knights’ offense wasn’t satisfied yet, though, as it scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Preston Geradot walked to begin the inning against Blue Jay pitcher Josh Warnecke, stole second base and advanced to third on an error. Jon Krouse then stepped to the plate and lined a single up the middle, scoring Geradot. Three batters, Dalton Johnson added an RBI single before Nate Owens followed with one of his own to give Crestview a commanding 9-2 lead. St. John’s picked up three runs in the seventh, thanks to a trio of Crestview errors, but the Jays were eliminated from the turnament.
Knight starter Jordan Roop allowed just one hit but did walk five in his 3 1/3 innings pitched. Mitchell Rickard relieved Roop and also only allowed one hit in his outing.