DIVISION III BASEBALL Neiheisel ignites Rebels
His two-run triple rallied Crestview to a 5-3 win over Lisbon in sectional play.
By JOHN BUTERA
COLUMBIANA -- Andrew Neiheisel's stand-up triple keyed a Crestview High rally Monday, as the Rebels overcame an early 2-0 deficit to beat Lisbon 5-3 in a Division III baseball tournament game.
Neiheisel's blast just inside the right field line in the top of the fifth inning scored two teammates, who both reached base when Lisbon's catcher had trouble handling strike three pitches.
Big game: Neiheisel, who was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases, scored on a wild pitch to give the Rebels a 3-2 lead.
Lisbon freshman pitcher Jay Yorty had his way up until that point, scattering three hits, all singles, over the first four innings.
Yorty, who struck out the final three Crestview batters in order to end the fourth, actually fanned five Rebels in the fifth, and Neiheisel's triple was the only hit of the inning.
"I was trying to drive it to the right side," Neiheisel said. "It was a straight fastball that I just happened to get in there. We scored two runs right there and the bench really seemed to get up. From here I think we have a good chance of surprising some teams as we've been playing really well."
Streak snapped: Lisbon, which entered the game on a seven-game win streak, including a victory over defending state champion Ursuline, took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Jared Coldwell singled and Joe Borg doubled. Coldwell scored on Nick Schnader's RBI bunt, and Borg reached home on an error.
Crestview starter Seth Antram scattered four hits the rest of the way en route to the complete game victory.
"I was really happy with the way they hung in there," Crestview (14-13) coach Greg Rinyo said.
"We got down right away and we were frustrated early. Then it seemed we got enough bounces on the ball and Seth did it from there."
A walk to lead off the Lisbon seventh was followed by a double by Yorty. However the potential rally was stymied when the Lisbon lead runner was thrown out at third.
"We made some bad mistakes that definitely hurt us," said Lisbon (14-9) coach Tim Kelty, "but we've had a great run."
Crestview added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings, while Lisbon managed a tally in its last at-bat.
For the Blue Devils, Jason Sweeney, Yorty and Borg all doubled.