Brody Brecht went 3-for-4 Sunday at the sectional semifinals. He also drove in a run as Crestview beat Jefferson 11-3. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Brody Brecht went 3-for-4 Sunday at the sectional semifinals. He also drove in a run as Crestview beat Jefferson 11-3. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)

CONVOY –Crestview took an early lead to start the game and continued to chip away at the Wildcats all game long. Riley Saylor went 4-for-5 and had two RBI’s as the Knights defeated Jefferson 11-3 Sunday at the ACME sectional tournament.

Delphos Jefferson was given a free ride to the sectional semifinals on Sunday after St. John’s was forced to forfeit due to lack of available players on Saturday. As a result, the Wildcats faced off against the Knights for a chance to play Lincolnview on Monday and a ticket to the district tournament next week.

Crestview jumped out to an early lead by scoring four runs in the first inning. Kaden Short crossed the plate first on a grounder by Brant Richardson and Riley Saylor scored on one of several infield errors by Jefferson. Brody Brecht and Kole Small knocked in a run each as the Knights took a 4-0 lead.

The Wildcats struck back in the bottom of the inning by putting up three of their own. Braxton Scalf drove in leadoff man Darnell Simpson to give Jefferson their first run of the game. Josh Wiseman got an easy RBI by drawing a walk with bases loaded before a sacrifice fly by Logan Herron drew the Cats within one.

Saylor, the Knights starting pitcher faced just five batters before being replaced by Trevor Sheets. He worked seven scoreless innings and left the Wildcat batters guessing all night.

The Knights picked up a run in the third before tacking on four more runs in the fourth. Saylor had an RBI, but it was the sloppy play by Jefferson’s infield that helped Crestview the most. They finished with seven errors on the day that resulted in several runs for the Knights.

Crestview added one more in the fifth and sixth inning in route to an 11-3 victory over the Wildcats.

“Our guys were mentally tuned in,” said Crestview head coach Jeff Helm. “It was good for us to get off to a good start. We put up four runs in the first inning and we was making good contact. Sheets has not thrown in a while, but he threw strikes and trusted in the defense to make the plays. For us to hold them scoreless after the first inning is attributed to him.”

Jefferson head coach Jason Mahlie was happy with the way his players progress throughout the summer despite their season coming to an end at sectionals.

“We have a lot of players in different spots so there was a lot of learning while they were playing with very limited practice. They still grind everyday and go after it. Josh Wiseman and Logan Gallmeier only got better as the season went on. They played well and hit the ball good an I was impressed with their young talent,” said Mahlie.

Crestview (11)

Kaden Short 2b 4-2-1-0, Riley Saylor p 5-2-4-2, Brant Richardson cf 4-0-0-0, Griffin Painter ss 4-1-1-0, Korbin Hartman c 5-2-1-0, x-Riley Wilson pr 0-0-0-0, Brody Brecht 3b 4-2-3-1, x-Braxton Struckenburg 0-0-0-0, Jaylen Jefferson lf 2-1-1-0, Kole Small dh 3-0-2-2, Trevor Sheets 1b 5-0-1-0, Logan Gerardot rf 3-1-0-0, Total 39-11-14-5

Jefferson (3)

Darnell Simpson lf 3-1-0-0, Braxton Scalf cf 4-1-2-1, Darius Shurelds 2b 3-1-1-0, Hunter Haehn 3b 3-0-0-0, Josh Wiseman 1b 2-0-1-1, Logan Herron rf 2-0-0-1, Jackson Ream c 2-0-0-0, x-John Sekos 1-0-1-0, Logan Gallmeier p 2-0-0-0, x-Gunner Bodine 1-0-0-0, Total 25-3-6-3

SB: Saylor 4, Short 2, Small

Score by Inning – R H E

Crestview 401 411 0 – 11 14 2

Jefferson 300 000 0 – 3 6 7

IP H R ER BB SO

Crestview

Riley Saylor 0 1 3 2 3 0

Trevor Sheets (W) 7 5 0 0 4 2

Jefferson

Logan Gallmeier (L) 3 7 5 5 1 1

Logan Herron 3 7 6 6 3 3

Darnell Simpson 1 0 0 0 1 0