‘Riders outlast rain, Knights for 5-2 win
Monday, June 30, 2014 12:00 AM
By Daniel Joseph
DHI Media Correspondent
CONVOY — In an ACME sectional tournament game on Saturday, Crestview took a 1-0 first-inning lead on top-seeded St. Marys in Convoy. Then the rains came, halting play for an hour and seventeen minutes. When the game resumed, it was all Roughriders, who claimed a 5-2 win to move forward in the winner’s bracket.
Knight starter Colby Clifton quickly retired the first two batters of the bottom of the second before Dustin Howell grounded one to short but was called safe at first on a close play. The Roughriders then strung together four more hits and scored three runs to take a 3-1 lead.
St. Marys added one more run in the third but would be held scoreless until the sixth inning when they scored one more run off of another Knight error. The Knights had four errors on the day, which cost Clifton three unearned runs.
“We have to work on limiting our defense miscues,” said Knight coach Kole Rolsten. “When you have an error, whether it be a bad throw or misplaying a ball, it really hurts your momentum and you give the momentum to them. You have to work the rest of the game to try and get the momentum back.”
The Knights managed to score a run in the fourth inning with the help of a couple extra-base hits. After a leadoff strikeout, Justin Overmeyer tripled and Jake Lippi doubled, both to right-center field. Overmeyer scored on Lippi’s double.
Crestview began the sixth inning with back-to-back singles and that would mark the end of Roughrider starter Derek Jay’s day. Joe Pfenning was called upon to work out of the two on, none out mess and that is exactly what he would do. After a sacrifice bunt that advanced the runners, Pfenning managed to get a groundout and a strikeout to end the Knights scoring threat.
The Knights stranded eight runners on base, six of which were in scoring position compared to just three on the other side.
“We did a nice job of getting runners on, we just couldn’t seem to get them in,” said Rolsten. “Bunting is a big thing for our team, and we really struggled with it tonight. We didn’t lay down too many good bunts and in turn, we couldn’t move the runners around to get them in when we hit the ball.”
Crestview (AB – Runs – Hits – RBI): Miller (3B): 2-1-0-0 ; Simerman (2B): 4-0-3-1 ; Clifton (P): 4-0-0-0 Roop (1B): 4-0-0-0 ; Owens (C): 2-0-1-0 ; Overmeyer (RF): 2-1-2-0 Lippi (LF): 2-0-1-1 ; Rickard (SS): 3-0-0-0 ; Rolsten (CF): 2-0-0-0
St. Mary’s (AB – Runs – Hits – RBI): Becker (CF): 4-1-2-1 ; Maze (3B): 3-0-2-1 ; Fitzgerald (C): 3-0-1-1 Douglas (DH): 4-0-0-0 ; Quellhorst (LF): 2-1-0-0 ; Jay (P): 2-0-0-0 Young (RF): 3-0-0-0 ; Howell (SS): 3-2-2-0 ; Burke (2B): 3-1-1-0 Pitching:
WP: Derek Jay – 5.0+ IP, 2 Runs, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 4 BB’s, 4 K’s LP: Colby Clifton – 6.0 IP, 5 Runs, 2 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BB’s, 3 K’s S: Joe Pfenning – 2.0 IP, 0 Runs, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 0 BB’s, 2 K’s