Crestview third baseman Brody Brecht dives for a foul ball against Elida Friday. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Crestview third baseman Brody Brecht dives for a foul ball against Elida Friday. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
LIMA – The opening round of ACME sectional tournaments began on Friday at Lima Central Catholic’s Player’s Field. Elida scored early and often as they defeated Crestview by an 8-4 final.

Elida scored a run in the bottom of the first to take the lead and never looked back. Starting pitcher Luke Burger was responsible for the RBI and finished with four on the day.

The Bulldogs poured it on in the second inning. They erupted for five runs and took a 6-0 lead after two. Burger had his second double of the night and knocked in two as Crestview couldn’t buy an out. Knights pitcher Kole Small concluded the inning by striking out the last two batters of the inning, but the damage was already done.

The Knights took back two runs in the top of the third. Kaden Short and Riley Saylor both crossed the plate in the inning but that was all Crestview could muster for the game. Elida added two insurance runs in the bottom of the third in route to their 8-2 victory over the Knights.

“The big key is that we left eleven guys on base,” said Crestview head coach Jeff Helm. “We couldn’t come up with a two-out hit. If we would have came up with a hit or two with two outs it would have been a different game.”

The Knights will face elimination on Saturday morning. Crestview awaits the outcome of Friday’s Van Wert/Shawnee game, which was suspended due to darkness. That game will be resumed at 10 a.m. with the Indians leading Van Wert, 6-5 entering the top of the seventh. The loser of the Indians/Cougars game will immediately face Crestview with their season on the line. Elida will face the winner of the Van Wert/Shawnee game in a scheduled 12:30 p.m. winner’s bracket game on Saturday.

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Crestview (2)

Kaden Short lf 3-1-1-0, Riley Saylor cf 2-1-1-0, Brant Richardson ss 1-0-1-0, Griffin Painter 2b 4-0-0-0, Korbin Hartman c 2-0-1-0, Brody Brecht 3b 4-0-1-0, Kole Small p 4-0-0-0, Trevor Sheets 1b 2-0-0-0, Logan Gerardot rf 2-0-0-0, Total 24-2-5-0

Elida (8)

Kuhn ss 2-1-1-0, Davis 3-2-2-0, Burger p 4-1-3-4, Whipple 3b 4-0-1-2, Fish 1b 4-0-2-0, Hullinger rf 4-0-0-0, Biglow 2b 3-1-2-0, Parker cf 4-2-3-1, Niebel lf 3-0-0-0, Total 31-8-14-7

Score by Inning

Crestview 002 000 0 – 2 4 0

Elida 152 000 x – 8 14 1

IP H R ER BB SO

Crestview

Small (L) 2.2 9 8 8 3 4

Kreischer 1.2 2 0 0 1 1

Short 1.2 3 0 0 1 0

Elida

Burger (W) 5 4 2 2 7 6

Biglow 2 1 0 0 2 2