By Nick Johnson
Times Bulletin Correspondent
HAVILAND —Crestview pitcher Colby Clifton didn’t get a whole lot of run support versus Wayne Trace on Friday night, but the sophomore made what little offense he did get stand up, as he out-dueled Austin Winebrenner for the 2-0 win. The Knights improved to 12-3 on the season, while the host Raiders fell to 5-12.
The Raiders got the first scoring opportunity in the bottom of the second, as Noah Stoller doubled to start the frame. The next Wayne Trace batter, Aaron Stoller, lined the ball hard back to Clifton, who turned to third and fired a rocket to Jordan Miller. Miller applied the tag on Noah Stoller to erase the first Raider runner in scoring position.
Crestview, having gone quietly in the second and third, came up to bat in the top of the fourth and Bryce Richardson worked a walk for the Knights. Richardson stole second and advanced to third on a ground ball by Damian Helm.
Jordan Roop then crushed a ball that was caught in deep center field to allow Richardson to trot home for the first run of the game.

One inning later it was the same formula for the Knights, as Miller walked to start the frame and stole second before advancing to third on a ground ball out by Mitchell Rickard. Clifton, looking to help his own cause, drove a ball to deep right field which allowed Miller to race home for the second run of the game.
Wayne Trace, looking for a little magic of their own, got a lead-off walk from Denver Burkley. Burkley stole second, but a wide throw allowed Burkley to try to make it to third. It was an ill-advised decision, it turned out, because a strong throw from center fielder Cam Etzler gunned down the runner at third base.
Clifton came out to finish the game in the seventh, retiring the Raiders on two pop-ups and a strikeout.
Both Clifton and Winebrenner went the distance for their respective teams. The two hurlers combined to allow a total of five base hits and four walks.
“Colby pitched a gem,” Crestview coach Jim Wharton sadi. “He is a young kid and he keeps getting better and better. I thought as the game wore on, he got better, too. He’s got good defense behind him, but Colby pitched a gem today.”
“Absolutely both teams pitched well and (the pitchers) made both teams’ defense make plays,” Raider coach Matt Noggle added. “We talked about making them put the ball in play and let your defense make plays. The focus was there. It shows that when you put your attention to what is going on that you can see good things happen. We didn’t hit really well but we did put the ball in play, and it is one of those things that we have to take the next step and get some of those guys across the plate and build on that stuff in the next couple of weeks.”
Clifton’s gem included three hits and a walk allowed versus five strikeouts. Winebrenner was nearly as good for the Raiders, surrendering only two hits and three walks in the game. Creatview’s offense was limited to a pair of sacrifice flies.
“When the wind is blowing in and it’s cold like this is, it’s all about survival,” Wharton noted. “We hit some absolute bombs, but their kids made some good catches. Games like this are one, you just have to survive and we were able to score a couple runs.”
Crestview 000 110 0- 2 2 1
Wayne Trace 000 000 0- 0 3 0
Crestview (ab-r-h-rbi)
Etzler 3-0-0-0, Richardson 1-1-0-0, Helm 3-0-1-0, Roop 2-0-1-1, Owens 3-0-0-0, Miller 2-1-0-0, Rickard 3-0-0-0, Clifton 2-0-0-1, Rolsetn 1-0-0-0
Wayne Trace (ab-r-h-rbi)
Burkley 2-0-1-0, Fast 3-0-0-0, Speice 3-0-0-0, N. Stoller 3-0-1-0, A. Stoller 3-0-0-0, Yenser 3-0-0-0, Gillett 2-0-0-0, McVay 2-0-1-0, Winebrenner 2-0-0-0
WP- Clifton, LP- Winebrenner