Roop, Clifton pitch Knights past Muskies
Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:01 AM
Crestview’s Damian Helm hits a triple to drive in a run during Wednesday’s game against Ft. Jennings. Crestview won the game 5-0. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
CONVOY – Jordan Roop and Colby Clifton combined to throw a two-hitter to lead Crestview to a 5-0 win over Fort Jennings in non-league baseball action Wednesday night in Convoy.
Roop pitched the first four innings, giving up only one hit and two walks while fanning two, to pick up the victory. Clifton then entered in the top of the fifth, retiring nine of the ten hitters he faced in the final three innings.
The duo tossed 51 strikes out of 81 pitches in the contest, including first pitch strikes to 15 of 24 Fort Jennings hitters.
“Both of them threw the ball pretty well,” stated Crestview head coach Jim Wharton. “Jordan did a nice job to get us into the fifth and then Colby came in and did a nice job, especially for being his first varsity game.”
Clifton gave up one hit while fanning three in his three innings.
“They both did a good job of getting in front of the hitters tonight,” Wharton added.
While that duo was controlling the Musketeer bats, Crestview put enough offense together to get on the scoreboard in the third. Justin Overmyer and Brock Rolsten started the inning with back-to-back singles before Cam Etzler doubled down the third base line to plate both runners. After a sacrifice bunt by Mitchell Rickard moved Etzler to third, Helm tripled to center field to score Etzler and make it 3-0 Knights.
“Cam came up with a big hit for us there after we had two runners on and then Damian drove him home,” Wharton noted. “We are an experienced team and that is a big help, especially with the lack of reps that we have had so far.”
Fort Jennings put its best opportunity together in the fourth. Dylan Van Loo started the inning with a walk and Connor Wallenhorst followed by reaching on a Knight error.
With no outs and runners at first and second, Ryan Rau tried to put down a sacrifice bunt but instead popped it up, allowing Crestview third baseman Isaiah Simerman to come up with the catch. Simerman then doubled up Van Loo at second. Roop closed the inning by getting Alex Vetter to ground out to shortstop to keep the Muskies off the scoreboard.
“Defensively, we made some plays tonight,” continued Wharton. “We have told our pitchers to just throw strikes because we have a good defense behind them.”
Crestview made it 4-0 in the fifth. Etzler reached on a Fort Jennings’ error, and two batters later Helm doubled to right field to score Etzler and push the lead to four runs.
The Knights final run came in the sixth. Nate Owens singled before Jake Lippi entered as a courtesy runner. Lippi stole second, and moved to third on a groundout by Justin Overmyer before scoring on a wild pitch to set the final margin at 5-0.
Helm finished the night with a double and a triple, driving in a pair of runs. Etzler also had two runs batted in, adding a double. Rickard, Owens, Overmyer and Rolsten all had singles for Crestview.
Alex Vetter took the loss for the Musketeers, tossing six innings while allowing seven hits and four earned runs with one strikeout.