Krouse masterful in Crestview’s rout of Lancers
Monday, June 30, 2014 12:00 AM
By Jim Cox
DHI Media Correspondent
CONVOY - It rained steadily during Saturday afternoon’s ACME tournament game between Crestview and Lincolnview. The Lancers probably wished it had rained even harder because they took a 14-0, no-hit, run-rule pounding at the hands of the Knights, who, it seemed, could do no wrong.
Crestview was the visiting team and immediately jumped on Lancer starter Jalen Roberts for two runs. Third baseman Jordan Miller and second baseman Zech Simerman led off with identical doubles to deep left to make it 1-0. Simerman then advanced to third and to home on consecutive bouncers to short by center fielder Colby Clifton and first baseman Jordan Roop. It was 2-0 Knights after a half an inning.
Lancer shortstop Austin Leeth led off the bottom of the first with a walk against Crestview lefty Jon Krouse. However, the Knights’ veteran catcher Nate Owens promptly gunned Leeth down on an attempted steal of second, and not another Lancer would reach base in the game.
The Knights added an unearned run in the second to lead 3-0, then batted around in the fourth, scoring six runs (four earned) and again in the fifth, adding another five runs (two earned) to complete the run-rule rout.
Krouse was masterful in his four innings, striking out six and walking one to get the win. Simerman pitched the fifth and last inning, striking out one and walking nobody.
For the Lancers, Roberts took the loss, yielding nine runs, six earned, while walking six and striking out one in three and one-third innings. Reliever Leeth finished it up, giving up five runs, two earned, walking one and fanning one. Lincolnview committed seven errors.
Simerman led Knight hitters with three hits, including a double, in three trips, scoring one run and driving in three. Miller had two hits, a double and a triple, in three at-bats, scoring three times and driving in a run. First baseman Jordan Roop went 1-for-4, scoring twice, and driving in three. The other Crestview hits came from Clifton, right fielder Justin Overmyer, pinch hitter Nick Jellison, and shortstop Mitchell Rickard.
Miller 3b 3-3-2-1, Simerman 2b/p 3-2-3-3, Webster pr 0-1-0-0, Clifton cf 2-1-1-0, Roop 1b 4-2-1-3, Owens c 3-0-0-1, Johnson c 0-0-0-0, Overmyer rf 3-0-1-0, Gerardot lf 1-0-0-0, Lippi lf 1-2-0-0, Jellison rf 1-0-1-0, Rickard ss 4-1-1-0, Krouse p 1-1-0-1, Rolsten 2b 0-1-0-0. Totals 26-14-10-10.
Leeth ss/p 1-0-0-0, Dalton Schmersal ss/3b 2-0-0-0, Roberts p/cf 2-0-0-0, Richey c 2-0-0-0, Wyatt Schmersal 2b 2-0-0-0, Pollock lf 2-0-0-0, Hale cf 1-0-0-0, Motycka rf 1-0-0-0, Ralston cf/3b 1-0-0-0. Totals 14-0-0-0. Doubles: Miller (CV), Simerman (CV). Triples: Miller (CV). LOB: Crestview 6, Lincolnview 0. WP: Krouse. LP: Roberts.