Brant Richardson threw a complete game shutout against Delphos St. John’s on Thursday. He had ten strikouts and only allowed three hits. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Brant Richardson threw a complete game shutout against Delphos St. John’s on Thursday. He had ten strikouts and only allowed three hits. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)

CONVOY – Brant Richardson threw a complete game shutout as Crestview blanked St. John’s 4-0 Thursday night in the first round of the ACME tournament.

Two walks and two base hits in the opening inning helped give the Knights an early lead. Kaden Short scored on a passed ball to give Crestview a 1-0 advantage before Griffin Painter knocked in Richardson to extend their lead to 2-0.

Richardson came through again in the second inning with a two RBI base hit. His long single brought in Jaylen Jefferson and Riley Saylor as Crestview took full control of the game.

The Jays had trouble at the plate all night but still managed to get runners aboard. A double by Tony Sanders and two straight walks loaded the bases in the top half of the third, but a pop-up by Trent Lindeman and a strikeout by Luke Reindel left them stranded.

“They scored four runs in the first two innings, but we held them after that,” said St. John’s head coach Buddy Jackson. “We can take something positive out of today and that is we played well. Our guys are ready to come back out Saturday and play again.”

Richardson dominated on the mound for the remainder of the game by striking out six of the last eight batters he faced as Crestview held on for the win 4-0.

“It was a good outing by Brant,” said Crestview head coach Jeff Helm. “I thought he had good command of his pitches and was able to locate when needed. It was nice to get out to good start offensively and was a well-played game for us.”

St John’s (0)

Tony Sanders cf 4-0-2-0, Adam Gerker ss 2-0-0-0, Chandler Skym 3b 2-0-0-0, Trent Lindeman p 3-0-0-0, Luke Reindel 1b 3-0-0-0, Carter Teman c 3-0-1-0, Dominic Metzger lf 3-0-0-0, Blake Fischbach 2b 3-0-0-0, Curtis Mueller rf 2-0-0-0, Total 25-0-3-0

Crestview (4)

Kaden Short 2b 3-1-0-0, Riley Saylor cf 3-1-0-0, Brant Richardson p 2-1-2-2, Griffin Painter ss 3-0-1-1, Korbin Hartman c 2-0-1-0, Kole Small rf 2-0-0-0, Brody Brecht 3b 3-0-1-0, Jaylen Jefferson lf 2-1-0-0, Sheets 1b 3-0-0-0, Total 23-4-5-3

2B: Sanders SB: Jefferson 2, Brecht, Saylor, Short

Score by Inning

St John’s 000 000 0 – 0 3 2

Crestview 220 000 x – 4 5 2

IP H R ER BB SO

St John’s

Trent Lindeman (L) 2 3 4 3 5 3

Adam Gerker 4 2 0 0 0 2

Crestview

Brant Richardson (W) 7 3 0 0 4 10