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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Stout (BS, L) 1.1-4-2-2-3-3
Hogankamp (W) 3.0-3-1-1-1-0
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