MINSTER — Crestview held leads of 5-0 and 11-4 in a non-league baseball game at Minster on Wednesday, but couldn’t close the deal. The Wildcats stormed from behind to score four times in the seventh inning to tie the game, then won it in the eighth, 13-12.

After plating four runs in the sixth to get back into the game, the Wildcats (8-5) got plenty of help from Crestview to ignite the seventh-inning rally. Reliever Brant Richardson walked the first two batters of the inning while trying to protect a 12-8 lead. He was lifted for Derek Stout, but the righty didn’t fare much better.

Stout walked three straight, forcing in two runs and leaving the bases full with still no one out. Stout came back to strikeout Jon Niemeyer to give the Knights some hope, but Alex Lehmkuhl singled sharply to right field. One run scored easily, but the would-be tying run was cut down at the plate om a fine relay from Spencer Rolsten to Luke Gerardot.

Down to their final out, but with the tying run on base, the Wildcats kept coming. Adam Knapke single to reload the bases, and Stout plunked Jack Heitbrink on a 1-2 offering to force home the tying run. Though Stout escaped the inning with a strikeout, the damage was done.

After a scoreless eighth at the plate, the Knights were quickly back on the defensive. Stout, the fourth Knights pitcher of the game, made short work of Austin Shinabery, but a bunt single started a 1-out rally. After a single put two runners aboard, Stout uncorked a wild pitch, moving the game-winning run to third base with one out. The Knights opted to walk the bags full to set up a force play, but a 2-1 pitch got away from Stout and plunked Niemeyer to end the game.

The Knights jumped on Minster starter Sam Dircksen quickly. In the top of the first, Caden Hurless tripled to open the game, and Richardson followed with a walk before stealing second base. Rolsten then stroked a 2-run single into center to plate both runners for a 2-0 edge.

Crestview made it 5-0 in the third as, again, Hurless got the offense going. He drew a 1-out walk, and Richardson and Rolsten each singled to load the bags. Gerardot knocked home a run with a fly ball, and Jacob Painter and Zech Simerman each drove in runs with 2-out RBI singles.

Rolsten knocked in two more in the fourth before the Knights appeared to seal the game with a 4-run sixth inning. Minster took advantage of five walks issued by Crestview pitchers in the sixth, leading to a 4-run inning of its own.

Hurless scored five runs in the loss. Richardson went 3-for-4 at the dish with two RBIs. Painter and Gerardot each knocked in two while Rolsten finished with two hits and four RBIs.

All 13 Minster runs were earned, though Crestview helped out by issuing 14 walks to go with the Wildcats’ 11 base hits. All four Crestview pitchers were touched for at least two runs in the game.

The Knights will look to put this loss behind them with a Northwest Conference trip to Allen east on Thursday, weather permitting. Crestview (7-3) is slated to host Continental on Friday.

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CRESTVIEW (12)

Caden Hurless 2-5-2-0, Brant Richardson 4-3-3-2, Spencer Rolsten 3-2-2-4, Luke Gerardot 3-0-0-2, Jacob Painter 4-0-2-2, Zech Simerman 2-0-1-1 x-Payton Knittle 3-0-0-1, Dylan Hicks 4-0-0-0, Brett Schumm 4-0-0-0, Tanner Crowle 1-1-0-0 x-Derek Stout 1-1-0-0; Totals 31-12-10-12

MINSTER (13)

Isaac Schmiesing 3-2-1-2, Jon Niemeyer 5-1-2-2, Alex Lehmkuhl 5-0-2-4, Aaron Ernst 2-1-0-0 x-Adam Knapke 1-0-1-0, Jack Hietbrink 3-1-0-1, Bryce Schmiesing 3-2-2-2, Austin Shinabery 3-0-0-0 x-Nathan Schwieterman 0-1-0-0, Carter Hogankamp 3-2-1-0 x-Ben Stubbs 0-1-0-0, Jared Huelsman 3-1-2-0 x-Isaac Dorsten 0-1-0-2; Totals 31-13-11-13

2B– BScmiesing, Niemeyer; 3B– Hurless, Richardson, BSchiesing; SF– Gerardot 2; SB– Hurless, Richardson 2, Ernst; CS– Rolsten; GIDP– Lehmkuhl; HBP– Rolsten (by Boehnlein), Crowle (by Hoying), Heitbrink (by Stout), Niemeyer (by Stout); LOB– Cvw 7, Min 9

Crestview 203 204 10 - 12 10 0

Minster 004 004 41 - 13 11 0

Pitching ip-h-r-er-bb-k

Crestview

Simerman 2.2-5-4-4-2-2

Painter 2.2-1-4-4-4-2

Richardson 0.2-1-3-3-5-2

Stout (BS, L) 1.1-4-2-2-3-3

Minster

Dircksen 2.2-5-5-5-3-3

Hoying 0.1-0-2-2-2-0

Boehnlein 2.0-2-4-4-2-2

Hogankamp (W) 3.0-3-1-1-1-0

WP– Painter 2, Stout, Dircksen; Pitches-strikes– Simerman 56-29, Painter 48-22, Richardson 33-13, Stout 49-25, Dircksen 55-33, Hoying 17-4, Boehnlein 43-23, Hogankamp 39-23