Camp goes the distance in 5-3 Knights win
Thursday, May 08, 2014 12:07 AM
By Daniel Joseph
Times Bulletin Correspondent
LIMA — After a rough game Tuesday night, the Crestview Knights headed to Lima Bath where they would take on the Wildcats in non-conference action. Last night was the third game that the Knights have played this week but have two more before the weeks end.
Cam Etzler and the Knights came off of the bus ready to play and Etzler singled to left field on just the fourth pitch of the game. Senior Damian Helm then took a 1-1 down the line in right and legged out a stand-up triple that scored Etzler and gave the Knights the early lead. Two batters later, Nate Owens hit a sacrifice fly to center field and Helm came in to score, making it 2-0 Crestview before Bath even had a chance to bat.
“One of the things that we’ve talked about a lot this year is coming out and getting the first punch,” said Crestview head coach Jim Wharton. “It’s always positive, especially on the road, when you can come out after a long bus ride and get runs on the board. Cam did a nice job setting the table early and Damo stroking that one down the line was really huge.”
The Knights sent senior right handed pitcher Adrian Camp to the mound to take on Bath’s hard hitting ball club. He allowed a single to lead-off the game, but held the Wildcats off the board in each of the first two innings.
Bath lefty Hunter Weis started the top of third inning with a strikeout, but that’s all he would get as he walked Helm on four pitches and then served up a double to Jordan Roop to put runners on second and third with only one out. Owens then stepped up and hit a second sacrifice fly to center field which, again, scored Helm.
Sophomore third basemen Jordan Miller followed with a lined single into center field, scoring Roop and moving the Knight lead to 4-0. Bryce Richardson then singled to left, but Miller was thrown out home trying to score to end the inning.
Camp only allowed one hit through the first two innings of the game but he gave up a leadoff single to the outfield to begin the third inning. Camp then hit Weis on the ankle advancing the runner to second base with none out. Heffner then doubled which brought home two, reducing the Knight lead to just two. Gossard hit a sacrifice fly to right field and Heffner came into score making it a 4-3 game.
A sacrifice fly from Etzler brought Colby Clifton in to score in the fourth, prividing the final margin.
Camp only surrendered three hits in the final four innings of the game. He didn’t strike any batters or walk anyone, but did hit two batters. He also picked off two runners, including Collin Gossard to end the sixth, ending a Bath threat.
The Knight defense did a great job behind him with Etzler making a few diving catchers in center field, including one to end the game.
“Adrian pitched really well for us tonight,” said Wharton. “He’s put in a lot of innings for us this season with all the injuries and he’s pitched some really good game, but tonight was obviously his best so far. He didn’t try and do anything he couldn’t. He hit his spots and pitched it to where Bath could hit for our defense to make plays.”
“After (Tuesday) night (a 10-0 loss to Ayersville), we just had to regroup,” Wharton added. “(The Ayersville game) was not indicative of the way we play, and we really had to come out tonight with a lot more enthusiasm and hop. Our kids played really well tonight. They played with a lot of heart and desire tonight, and that’s what it takes to beat a good team like this.”
The Knights received very good news from the doctors regarding third basemen Isaiah Simerman whose been battling a back injury most of the season. Simerman is available to play starting Thursday agianst Lima Central Catholic.
“It’s great news,” said Wharton. “Jordy Miller has done a great job filling in for Sims, but it’s going to be great to get one of our seniors back on the field. He has some exercises that he is going to be doing daily, and as long as he can get through those, we are going to slowly work him in. We would rather him be 100 percent by tournament time then play him right away and him not be completely there yet.”
The Knights move to 12-5 on the season and take on the LCC T-Birds Thursday in Convoy. Bath falls to 17-8 on the year.
Crestview 202 100 0- 5 8 0
Lima Bath 003 000 0- 3 7 2
Etzler cf 3-1-2-1, Helm 1b 3-2-1-1, Roop rf 4-1-1-0, Owens c 1-0-1-2, x- Lippi pr 0-0-0-0, Miller 3b 4-0-1-1, Richardson ss 2-0-1-0, Overmyer dh 3-0-0-0, Clifton lf 3-1-0-0, Rolsten 2b 3-0-1-0
Heffner cf 4-1-2-2, Niebel dh 3-0-1-0, Jordan 1b 3-0-1-0, Gossard ss 1-0-0-1, Clark 3b 2-0-0-0, Jenkins c 3-0-0-0, Best 2b 3-0-0-0, Atkins lf 1-1-1-0, Weis p-lf 1-1-0-0, x- Sullivan p 0-0-0-0, x- Stahr rf 2-0-1-0, x- mcGue ph 1-0-1-0
WP- Camp 7 IP 7 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 0 K
LP- Weis 3+ IP 5 H 5 R 4 ER 2 BB 4 K