By Jim Cox
DHI Media Correspondent
CONVOY — With both teams facing a potentially busy ACME tournament schedule this weekend, Celina and Crestview chose different ways to rest their pitching staffs Thursday. The Bulldogs sat their top arms and went to Cole Murlin, who surprised everybody with a 5-1 complete game win. The Knights let seven different pitchers go an inning apiece with mixed results. Four of those pitchers threw shutout innings; the other three yielded the five runs, none of which were earned. Celina is now 13-8. Crestview is 4-6.
The Knights took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Left fielder Jake Lippi lined a single to left, then stole second. After smacking eight foul balls, relief pitcher Zech Simerman smoked a double to the gap in left center, plating Lippi. Crestview would also threaten in the third, fifth, and sixth, but didn’t score again.
After Knight hurlers Colby Clifton, Simerman, and Nate Owens cruised through their innings, Justin Overmyer wasn’t so fortunate in the fourth. A walk, dropped fly ball, a suicide squeeze, another walk, and a double by left fielder Shawn Rose (the Dogs’ first hit) plated three unearned runs, which eventually would saddle Overmyer with the loss. Celina added an unearned run off of Jordan Roop in the fifth on a single by catcher Isaiah Eichler, a Roop throwing error on an attempted force at second, a passed ball, and an errant pickoff attempt.
The Knights best try to get back into the game came in the bottom of the fifth. Shortstop Mitchell Rickard led off with a walk. Second baseman Spencer Rolsten then smoked a liner to the gap in left center but center fielder Seth Lonsway snared it with a headlong dive. Catcher Jordan Miller walked to put runners at first and second. Center fielder Clifton crushed a liner, but it was right at second baseman Justin Keeling, who quickly turned it into an unassisted double play to end the threat. That was the second of three twin killings turned in by Celina.

The Bulldogs scored an unearned insurance run off of Rickard in the seventh. Eichler, the leadoff hitter, struck out but reached first on a passed ball. Two wild pitches and a sacrifice fly by third baseman Tanner Freeman plated the run. In addition to innings by Clifton, Simerman, Owens, Overmyer, Roop and Rickard, Crestview got a shutout sixth frame from Jon Krouse.
Miller led Crestview hitters with two hits in two at-bats. Simerman was 1-for-3, a double, with one RBI. Lippi and Preston Gerardot had the other two Knight singles. During his seven innings, Murlin yielded only the one earned run, while striking out one and walking five. He threw 99 pitches, 63 for strikes.

Celina 000 310 1- 5 3 0
Crestview 010 000 0- 1 5 4
Celina (ab-r-h-rbi)
Lonsway cf 2-1-0-0, Keeling 2b 4-1-0-0, Freeman 3b 3-0-0-1, Kimmel 1b 2-0-0-1, Homan ss 1-1-1-0, Rose lf 2-0-1-1, Smalley rf 2-0-0-0, Murlin p 3-0-0-0, Eichler c 3-2-1-0. Totals 21-5-3-3.
Crestview (ab-r-h-rbi)
Miller 3b/c 2-0-2-0, Johnson c 1-0-0-0, Clifton p/cf/1b 2-0-0-0, Roop 1b/p 2-0-0-0, Owens c/p 2-0-0-0, Gerardot rf/cf/lf 1-0-1-0, Overmyer rf/p/cf 2-0-0-0, Krouse p 1-0-0-0, Lippi lf 2-1-1-0, Simerman 2b/p/3b 3-0-1-1, Rickard ss/p 2-0-0-0, Rolsten cf/2b/rf 2-0-0-0, Jellison rf 0-0-0-0, Webster 3b 0-0-0-0. Totals 22-1-5-1.
Doubles: Ross (Cel), Simerman (CV) LOB: Celina 4 Crestview 6 WP: Murlin LP: Overmyer