Braysen Schulte of St. John's gets caught in a pickle Friday in their win over Crestview. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Braysen Schulte of St. John's gets caught in a pickle Friday in their win over Crestview. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
CONVOY — The Blue Jays narrowly escaped Crestview in the opening round of the ACME tournament Friday with an 8-7 win over the Knights. Crestview threatened with a late game rally but was held in check by reliever Trent Lindeman.

St. John’s scored three runs in the first with help from Trent Lindeman. His single to left drove in Braysen Schulte, Gavin Fittro and Zane Wertenberger to give the Jays a 3-0 lead.

Lindeman drove in another run in the second inning as St. John’s poured it on early with a 6-0 lead.

Crestview responded in the top half of the fourth with four runs to cut the Blue Jay lead down to 6-4. St. John’s added one more in the fifth and another in the sixth as they looked to close the game out.

Despite being down 8-4, the Knights battled back in the top of the seventh for three runs and nearly tied the game before reliever Lindeman struckout Braxton Strunkenberg to end the game.

Kaden Short led Crestview at the plate by going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs.

Lindeman went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Gavin Fittro went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Jays.

Crestview 7

Kaden Short 3-2-2-2, Trever Sheets 4-0-0-1, Ayden Lichtensteiger 4-0-0-1, Braxton Strunkenberg 5-0-0-2, Tyler Hart 3-0-2-0, Carson Hunter 4-0-0-0, Nick Helt 2-2-0-0, Meffard 1-1-1-0, Mosier 4-2-1-0, Total 30-7-6-6

SB: Short, Lichtensteiger

St. John’s 8

Braysen Schulte 3-2-2-0, Gavin Fittro 4-2-3-1, Zane Wertenberger 3-2-1-0, Trent Lindeman 4-0-3-4, Gavin Becker 4-0-1-1, Lincoln Mueller 4-1-0-0, Blake Fischbach 3-0-2-0, Devin Lindeman 0-0-0-0, J.J. Bonifas 3-0-0-1, Avery Schulte 1-1-1-0, Curtis Mueller 1-0-0-0, Total 30-8-13-7

3B: Lindeman

2B: A.Schulte, B.Schulte, Wertenberger

SB: Becker, Bonifas, Fittro, T.Lindeman, D.Lindeman

Score by Inning- R H E

Crestview 000 400 3 - 7 6 4

St. John’s 330 011 x - 8 13 3