By Daniel Joseph
DHI Media Correspondent
CONVOY – With both teams facing elimination in the consolation bracket of the District 5 ACME sectional tournament on Sunday at Crestview, the Knights stayed alive with a 9-5 win over St. John’s.
Crestview jumped in front with a run in the second, then added two more in the third. Those runs came without benefit of a hit.
The Blue Jay offense didn’t come alive until late in the game, but they did manage a run in each of the fourth and fifth frames. St. John’s took advantage of control problems by the Knights’ hurlers, as the Jays racked up five walks in the two innings combined, plus benefitted from a pair of Knight errors.
Crestview scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, all coming after they had two outs in the inning. After a lead-off single by Jacob Lippi, the next two batters struck out with Lippi still stuck on first. Two singles and an error later, the Knights found themselves on top 6-1.
The Knights offense wasn’t satisfied yet, though, as it scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Preston Geradot walked to begin the inning against Blue Jay pitcher Josh Warnecke, stole second base, and then advanced to third on an error. Jon Krouse then stepped to the plate and lined a single up the middle, scoring Geradot. Three batters, Dalton Johnson added an RBI single before Nate Ownens followed with one of his own to give Crestview a commanding 9-2 lead. St. John’s picked up three runs in the seventh, thanks to a trio of Crestview errors, but the Jays were eliminated from the tournament.

Knight starter Jordan Roop allowed just one hit but did walk five in his 3.1 innings pitched. Mitchell Rickard relieved Roop and also only allowed one hit in his outing.
“Our guys threw really well for us today,” said Knight coach Kole Rolsten. “(Roop) gave us some very good innings tonight and so did Mitch (Rickard).”
Crestview committed six errors in total, accounting for five unearned runs for the Blue Jays.
“It’s one of those things where you have to come with the mindset that we won’t have any errors,” said Rolsten of his team’s defense. “We have to be more confident in our throws and in our ability to make plays. All of the guys on the field are capable of making the play; we know that and they know that.”
Crestview will play Lincolnview on Monday in a rematch of Saturday’s contest, a game won by the Knights in a 14-0 rout (full story on that game can be found at “We need to take the ‘what not to-do’s’ and grow from them a little bit,” said Rolsten of the next game. “We have already faced the Lancers once and we know a little about them. They’re going to put up a good fight and hopefully we can play a good clean game against them.”

St. John’s (AB – Runs – Hits – RBI): Warnecke (SS/P): 5-0-0-0 ; Vogt (P/LF/SS): 4-0-1-0 ; Ditto (1B): 4-0-0-0 Seffernick (3B): 2-2-1-0 ; Jackson (C): 4-1-0-0 ; Etgen (RF): 0-1-0-0 Youngpeter (LF/P) 3-1-1-1 ; Hellman (CF): 4-0-0-0 ; Baldauf (PH): 1-0-0-0 Slate (2B): 4-0-0-0 Crestview (AB – Runs – Hits – RBI): Miller (3B): 3-2-0-0 ; Simerman (SS/P): 3-2-1-1 ; Jellison (PH): 1-0-0-0 Clifton (1B/CF): 3-0-1-0 ; Webster (PH): 1-0-0-0 ; Roop (P/1B): 3-1-0-0 Johnson (DH): 1-0-1-1 ; Owens (C): 4-1-2-2 ; Overmeyer (RF): 4-0-0-0 Lippi (LF): 3-1-2-0 ; Rickard (2B/P/SS): 2-0-0-0 ; Geradot (2B): 1-1-0-0 Rolsten (CF/2B): 1-0-0-0 ; Krouse (PH): 1-1-1-1
WP: Jordan Roop: 3.1 IP, 1 Run, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 5 BB, 2 K LP: Eric Vogt: 4.0 IP, 6 Runs, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BB, 3 K