By Daniel Joseph
DHI Media Correspondent
LIMA — Crestview’s ACME baseball team traveled to Lima this weekend and participated in the Thunderbird Hardball Classic. This tournament consists of six teams from the area including Findlay, Napoleon, Tinora, St. Henry, LCC, and the Knights.
“We are all common opponents during the regular season and we didn’t really have anything in the past summers that we played each other,” said tournament director Doug Waddle. “We decided to create this hardball classic to face some teams that we typically don’t in the summer and get them down here for a great weekend of baseball. Fathers Day is a great weekend to have this tournament because fathers love being at the ballpark.”
In game one of the tournament, Crestview took on the host in the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds. After a scoreless inning and a half, the T-Birds scored a run in the second followed by three more in the third. Ian Friesner held the Knights scoreless in the first five innings, but they got on the board in the sixth.
After a leadoff single and an advancement to second, Colby Clifton attempted to steal third. LCC’s catcher threw down to third in attempt to nab Clifton, but instead threw the ball out to left field and Clifton scored the first and only run of the day for the Knights. The Knights fell to the Thuderbirds 4-1.

Jon Krouse pitched six innings for Crestview and struck out nine on the day while only walking two. Krouse gave up all four runs, earned, and the defense behind him had no errors. Clifton led the Knights offensively with three singles, a run scored, and a stolen base.
LCC: 013 000 0– 4 6 0
Crestview:  000 001 0– 1 6 0
After the opening loss, Crestview took on Napoleon on Saturday afternoon. The Knights jumped ahead early with a run in the top of the first, but Napoleon scored three in the bottom half of the inning and seemed to be in command.
The Wildcats added one more in the third to take a 4-1 lead after three innings, but Crestview climbed to within 4-3 before a late-inning explosion by the Wildcat offense resulted in the 11-4 final score.
Clifton started the game for the Knights and pitched five innings allowing seven runs, only four of which were earned. He struck out five Wildcats on the day but surrendered five hits and four walks as well. Preston Geradot who went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Clifton had two RBI to go along with his pitching effort.
Crestview: 100 111 0– 4 6 5
Napoleon: 301 043 x– 11 8 1
The Knights traveled back to Lima on Sunday afternoon and took on the Tinora Rams at Simmons Field. Tinora and Crestview met in the State Semi-Final game in Columbus just nine days prior. Tinora defeated Crestview in that matchup 4-3 and then went on to win the State Championship over Newark Catholic that Saturday.
Clifton doubled in the first inning for the Knights but they couldn’t bring him around as they went scoreless in the inning. The Knights scored two runs in the second inning on a pair of hits and a pair of Tinora errors.
Crestview put a five spot on the board in the fifth inning as they took advantage of four Tinora miscues. Spencer Rolsten led off the inning with a rocket to the second basemen that would be misplayed and then stole second base. He then scored on a Jordan Miller single. Three hits and two errors later, the Knights found themselves ahead 7-0. Crestview scored one more run in the top of the sixth to give them an 8-0 advantage and the score would stay that way.
Zechariah Simerman pitched a complete game shutout for the Knights, and did so with only 74 pitches. He struck out three and walked just one.
Crestview 020 051 0– 8 9 1
Tinora: 000 000 0– 0 6 8
After defeating the Rams, the Knights had play Napoleon once again at LCC.
After managing to only score one run against the Wildcats on Saturday, Crestview scored four runs in the first inning en route to a 16-6 victory.
Napoleon scored four runs in the top of the third inning which shortened the Knight lead to 7-4. They scored another run in the fourth and then another in the fifth. However, Crestview brought 13 batters to the dish in the fourth and scored eight runs on six hits and two errors.
Nate Owens gets the win for the Knights going two-and-one-third innings while allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, while surrendering two hits and four walks. The offense was again led by Owens who went 3-3 with three stolen bases, 3 runs scored, and an RBI. Jon Krouse added three RBI’s as he went 2-for-3.
The middle of Crestview’s lineup was solid all day on Sunday. The 2,3,4,5 hitters for the Knights, consisting of Clifton, Owens, Overmeyer, and Lippi went 20-for-35 with 17 runs scored and 9 RBI.
“It’s crucial that they produce, especially when you get your lead-off men on,” said Crestview coach Kole Rolsten of the middle of his lineup. “When we’re able to apply pressure early, good things seem to happen for us.”
The Knights went .500 for the tournament and will play Delphos Jefferson at home on Monday evening.
“We did a lot of good things this weekend,” said Rolsten. “We really grew as a team and all benefited from these past few days. I thought we swung the bat well today, and when you put the ball in play, good things happen. I’m excited for what is to come.”
Napoleon: 004 110– 6 6 3
Crestview: 430 801– 16 18 2
Tournament Statistics:
Batting: (AB –Runs – Hits – RBI)
D. Biro (2B): 2-0-0-0 ; C. Camp (3B): 5-1-1-0 ; C. Clifton (1B/P/CF): 14-5-12-4, T. Crowle (RF): 1-0-0-0 ; L. Geradot (RF): 2-0-0-0 ; P. Geradot (CF): 8-2-4-0, D. Johnson (C/3B): 5-0-0-0 ; P. Knittle (RF): 2-0-0-0 ; J. Krouse (P/1B): 8-0-4-3, J. Lippi (LF/CF): 5-5-1-2 ; J. Miller (C/2B/3B): 12-4-4-2, J. Overmeyer (RF/CF): 10-3-4-2 ; N. Owens (DH/P/2B/RF): 6-4-3-1, J. Painter (LF): 3-0-1-1 ; M. Rickard (SS/P): 10-1-2-3, S. Rolsten (2B/SS/P/LF): 11-3-2-3 ; Z. Simerman (P/3B/2B/SS): 10-0-4-1, I. Webster (LF/C): 3-0-0-0
C. Clifton – 4.2 IP, 0-1. 7 Runs, 4 ER, 5 Hits, 4 BB 5 K
J. Krouse – 6.0, 0-1, 4 Runs, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BB, 9 K
N. Owens – 2.2, 1-0, 4 Runs, 3 ER, 2 Hits, 5 BB, 2 K
M. Rickard – 4.1, -, 2 Runs, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BB, 1 K
S. Rolsten – .1 IP, -, 3 Runs, 3 ER, 2 Hits, 1 BB, 0 K
Z. Simerman – 8.0 IP, 1-0, 0 Runs, 0 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BB, 5 K