OTTOVILLE — The Crestview Knights traveled to Ottoville to take on the Big Green in a windy Saturday afternoon matchup.
Knights exploded for nine runs in the sixth inning as seniors Spencer
Rolsten, Jacob Painter, Payton Knittle, Luke Gerardot, and juniors Derek
Stout, Brett Schumm, Dylan Hicks and Caden Hurless all crossed
homeplate in the 12-1 victory.
The Big Green managed their only run from an RBI by Dylan Kemper but couldn’t get any more runners home.
got the start on the mound and got the job done in just 80 pitches. He
struck out four batters and picked off runners at first and second base.
The Big Green were able to reach 11 times, nine by hits and two by
Hurless got Crestview started at the plate with a single on
the third pitch of the game. Rolsten followed with a single of his own
to create a jam for Ottoville, but a double play, thrown home and then
to first, left the Knights scoreless in the top of the first.
was finally able to break the tie in the third inning, which started
with a double off the bat of Schumm. Hurless batted in Schumm with a
hard ground ball up the middle, and Crestview took the first lead, 1-0.
was in position to take the lead in the bottom of the third with two
runners in scoring position. A groundout and a 4-6-3 double play ended
their hopes quickly, however.
Two Crestview batters were hit by
pitches to get on first and second to start the fourth inning. A
Gerardot single loaded the bases for the Knights, but Ottoville hurler
Nick Moorman was able to strike two batters out and make a play to first
off of a bunt to keep the deficit at one.
With no outs in the top
of the fifth, Hurless, Stout and Richardson loaded the bases with two
singles and a walk. Rolsten drove a fly ball deep to center field,
allowing Stout to score after tagging up. Gerardot pushed the lead to
3-0 by batting in Hurless from third base.
began to fall apart in the windy conditions in the top of the sixth. Six
batters were walked and five batters recorded hits in the huge nine-run
inning. Two pitching changes were not enough as the Big Green fell
Ottoville did its best to make the game last as Dylan
Kemper doubled to send Moorman home for its lone score of the game.
Stout finished strong, striking out two batters in the final inning to
solidify the victory, 12-1.
“We had the windy conditions and a lot
time when that happens they [batters] start dropping their back
shoulder to try to get the ball up in the air, but we stayed focused on
driving the ball up the middle,” Crestview Knight head coach Jim Wharton
Crestview, now 5-2, hosts Spencerville on Monday and will
resume a suspended game against L
incolnview on Tuesday in Convoy.
Ottoville is now 0-7.