Clifton’s 4 RBI leads Crestview ACME past Wapakoneta
Friday, June 20, 2014 12:00 AM
By Daniel Joseph
Crestview’s Zech Simerman slides in at third base with a run-scoring triple during the fifth innings of the Knights’ 7-4 ACME win over Wapak on Thursday. Jake Lippi scored the go-ahead run on the play. (DHI Media/John Parent)
DHI Media Correspondent
CONVOY — A pair of triples highlighted a 4-run fifth inning, as the host Crestview Knights came from behind to knock off the ACME team from Wapak on Thursday night. Crestview overcame an early 3-1 deficit to win 7-4.
Wapak jumped on Knights’ hurler Jordan Miller early, as Quinn Lotridge hit a triple to deep center field to lead off the game. He wasn’t on the bases long, Lotridge came home when Nick Bruns roped a first-pitch double to deep left field. Miller would settled down, however, and strand Bruns, limiting the Wapak rally to a single run.
Crestview looked to strike in the home half of the first, loading the bags against Wapak hurler Lucas Lightle without making an out. Lightle was up to the challenge, however, and mowed down the next three Crestview batters, all of them via strikeout, to escape the jam.
Wapak got a second run in the top of the second but the Knights answered back with a run of their own. Mitchell Rickard began the inning off with an infield single and was moved around to third on a sacrifice bunt and a ground out. Rickard then scored when Lightle was called for a balk.
Wapak got another run in the third, but the Knights went on to tie it in the fourth. Rickard again led off the inning, but this time he was hit by a pitch. He eventually scored on Colby Clifton’s RBI infield single. Spencer Rolsten, who was also hit by a pitch in the inning, scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at three.
The Knights took command in the fifth.
Jake Lippi opened the inning with a single to left field and was moved over to second on Preston Geradot’s sacrifice bunt. It was then that Crestview’s Zech Simerman smashed a drive to deep left-center, clearing the head of the Wapak outfielders. Lippi cruised home and Simerman beat a relay throw, sliding in safely with a triple.
After two walks loaded the bases, Clifton got into the act once again. The left handed hitter lined an 0-1 fastball to deep left field and cleared the bases with a 3-run triple of his own.
“We got guys on base tonight but we’ve been struggling to get those guys in lately,” said Knight coach Jeff Helm. “We got some key hits tonight and got a lot of runs versus a very good Wapakoneta team.”
Simerman pitched a scoreless sixth inning for Crestview, but that was the only inning he worked. Clifton came into pitch the seventh inning and began it with a strikeout. Three walks later, the bases were loaded with Drew Voll at the dish. Voll hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Rob Loney that made it just a three run lead. Clifton then struck out Nate Kaeck to finish the game and give the Knights a 7-4 win.
The Knights move to 4-5 on the summer season and travel to Spencerville to take on the Bearcats on Friday evening.
“I was very pleased with the pitching tonight,” said Helm. “Jordy (Miller) pitched very well and so did Simerman and Clifton in relief. We were able to sacrifice some guys over tonight and get some two out hits. Zech Simerman had a key triple for us today, which really turned the game around.”
Wapakoneta 111 000 1- 4 6 1
Crestview 010 240 x- 7 6 3
Lotridge 1b-p 3-2-2-0, Bruns ss 1-0-1-2, Voll 2b 4-0-0-1, Kaeck c 3-0-0-0, Tschulor lf-1b 3-1-2-0, Moyler 3b 2-0-0-0, Golliday cf 2-0-1-1, Lightle p-lf 3-0-0-0, Loney rf 2-1-0-0
Miller p-3b-2b 1-1-0-0, Clifton 1b-p 4-0-3-4, Owens dh 2-0-0-0, Overmyer rf-1b 4-0-0-0, Lippi lf 3-1-1-0, Geradot cf-rf 2-0-0-0, x- Jellison ph 1-0-0-0, Rickard ss 3-2-1-0, Simerman 3b-p 1-1-1-1, Rolsten 2b-cf 0-2-0-0