(Reid Maus)
(Reid Maus)

HERROD — It’s a beautiful day.You’re sitting around basking in the weather and all the sudden you feel a buzz on your side. You’re not sure if it’s a muscle spasm or a phone alert. You hope for the latter. You’re hand reaches inside your pocket and the alert on your phone says on of the hundred pitchers in the Major Leagues is throwing a no-hitter. If the Northwest Conference had an app, Thursday night Crestview fans’ phone would have been blowing up, as senior Brant Richardson threw a no-hitter, in the Knights 2-0 win over Allen East.

After the game the tall southpaw was nothing but smiles, and rightfully so.

“I just felt good today,” said Richardson on his no-hit performance. “I trusted my defense and they helped me out a lot.”

After a tough stretch for the Knights, this No-hitter was just what Crestview needed.

“We needed every bit of Brant today,” said Crestview’s head coach Jim Wharton. “He has been a gamer for us, for four years. He continues to ‘game’ for us. He threw a gem for us tonight, and we needed it.”

Richardson just barely eclipsed 100 pitches on the evening, as he struck out 10 batters and walked just one. Though the Knights did make four errors in the effort.

The senior was cruising until the seventh and final inning, in which a few Mustangs reached base and forced Coach Wharton to make a tough call.

Take out your pitcher, who is throwing a no-hitter, or to put a reliever in the tight contest. On Thursday, Wharton made the right call and left the Southpaw in, as Richardson stayed in despite the game in the ballots. He didn’t waver though.

A lead off walk, Richardson’s only of the game, led off the seventh. The Knights’ defense made an error that put the game tying run on the base, with only one out. After a mound discussion, the senior left hander put away the next two outs.

“I was trying to place the ball instead of just throwing it,” said Richardson. “Coach told me to relax and and throw it— I had to trust my defense.”

Wharton came close to pulling his starter, but trusted Richardson getting the job the done.

“We thought about [taking him out] because of his pitch count, to be honest with you,” said Wharton. “I could tell he was getting antsy, I think he knew what was going on and the magnitude of things. It definitely crossed my mind to pull him, because the team always comes first, and the health of our pitchers always come first.”

The southpaw knew the magnitude of the situation, but he still finished the game.

“I was aware of the ‘no-hitter’ going into that last inning,” said Richardson. “I was talking to my dad and he said don’t jinx yourself.”

Richardson did not jinx himself as the Knights finished the game, winning 2-0.

Crestview didn’t do a whole lot of scoring Thursday, but they scored enough. In the second, Kole Small reached base thanks to an error, and was plated by Brody Brecht on a double down the line. Though they run would prove to be enough Kaden Short would come around to score following a lead off single. Short stole second and advanced to third thanks to an errant throw. Brant helped his own case by grounding out to second for the second RBI.

The Knights will be back in action Saturday in Ottoville.

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Crestview 2 (ab-r-h-rbi-bb)

Riley Saylor 4-0-2-0-0, Kaden Short 4-1-2-0-0, Brant Richardson 3-0-0-1-1, Korbin Hartman 2-0-1-0-2, Griffin Painter 4-0-1-0-0, Kole Small 4-1-1-0-0, Brody Brecht 3-0-1-1-0, Sheets 3-0-0-0-0, Wilson 3-0-0-0-0

2B: Painter, Small, Brechet

SB: Short, Saylor, Richardson

E: Brechet 3, Richardson

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-k-bb)

(W) Brant Richardson 7.0-0-0-10-1

Allen East 0 (ab-r-h-rbi-bb)

Christian Hedrick 3-0-0-0-0, Devin Reed 3-0-0-0-0, Blake Hershberger 3-0-0-0-0, Dalton Clum 2-0-0-0-1, Jordan Motter 3-0-0-0-0, Chase Miller 3-0-0-0-0, Cole Fletcher 1-0-0-0-0, Garret Newland 2-0-0-0-0, Bradden Crumine 3-0-0-0-0, Nathan Ketchum 2-0-0-0-0

E: Clum, Crumrine, Ketchum, Miler

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-k-bb)

(L)Dalton Clum 4.0-7-2-1-4-1

Jordan Motter 3.0-1-0-0-2-2