NAVARRE — It might be two months before the Crestview High School baseball team knows the full impact of Thursday’s District 1-7A baseball game with Navarre High School.
Come tournament time, if there are ties or multiple ties in the standings, Crestview could benefit from the 6-3 road win.
“I think it’s big,” Crestview Coach Tim Gillis said. “That’s a tie breaker down the line. Any time you can win a district game on the road it’s a big deal.
“I’m proud of our guys.”
On a rainy night that turned the Raider baseball field into a baseball mud pit, Crestview broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the top of the seventh inning to secure the win for sophomore pitcher Corey Armstrong.
Armstrong went the distance and struck out seven Raider batters while giving just four hits and no earned runs.
“Let me tell you something,” Gillis said. That was a gutsy, big time effort by Corey Armstrong. He just answered the call and kept going out there and firing strikes. I can’t make more proud for him.”
Navarre scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead.
The lead didn’t last long as the Bulldogs (6-3, 2-0) tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fifth ommomg.
Hunter Willis led off the inning with a single and scored on a two-out single by Hunter Sullivan.
The score was still 1-1 when the Bulldogs came to bat in the top of the seventh.
J.R. Weeks was safe at second on a Raider error to lead off the inning and took third base on a wild pitch with Sullivan at the plate. Sullivan walked and took second without a throw with Matt Gillis at the plate.
With two teammates in scoring position Gillis delivered a base hit up the middle scoring Weeks and Sullivan.
Gillis stole second base, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by Raider catcher Ross Kneen.
The Bulldogs added two more runs before the inning was over. Austin Armstrong and Devin Wimmer walked. Corbin Carroll, running for Armstrong, scored on a passed ball. Wimmer scored on a Willis single.
With two out and two Bulldogs on base, it looked as if the umpires were finally ready to call the game due to the field that was, for all practical purposes, unplayable due to the continual steady rain.
After a short discussion with the coaches, the umpires decide to let the game to continue. If the game had been called, the score would have reverted back to what it was before Crestview came to bat in the seventh thus wiping the five runs off the board.
Navarre managed to score two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Corey Armstrong pushed through the nasty conditions to close out the complete game win.
“It was a heck of a win,” Tim Gillis said. “I’m real proud of these guys hanging in there and those tough conditions.
“They fought and battled and clawed and they hung in there and got the job done.”
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.