Crestview’s Lindsay warms up against Lisbon

LISBON-Crestview pitcher Autumn Lindsay was racing through the Lisbon batting order-holding the Blue Devils hitless through the first four innings-until her rhythm was all of a sudden interrupted by her own team.

A fifth-inning explosion by the Crestview offense put the sophomore on the brink of a no-hitter, but she was to endure an interminable wait as the Rebels batted around twice and the temperature dropped.

The no-hit bid ended with two outs in the fifth, but it was only a small blemish in a 16-1 Crestview rout Wednesday at the Dickey Complex.

“I was definitely thinking about pitching a no-hitter as we were scoring all those runs,” Lindsay said. “I got a little nervous. It’s OK though, it was nice to see us hit the ball like we did.”

Crestview improves to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the Inter-Tri County League upper tier. Lisbon drops to 5-2, 2-1.

Taylor Siefke broke up Lindsay’s no-hitter with a bloop single to center that barely reached the outfield grass for the Blue Devils’ only hit. Lindsay proceeded to walk in the Devils only run.

“Maybe we could have called a different pitch on the hit, but that stuff happens, nothing you can do about it,” Crestview coach Clarence Sicklesmith said.

The Rebels bookended their offense, scoring four runs in the first inning and 12 in the fifth off Lisbon starter Haille Metzgar. Alexys Brooks led the way for Crestview with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs. Lindsey Balmenti had a triple, two singles and three RBIs, while Lindsay helped her cause with two singles and three RBIs.

“We stepped up and did what we needed to do tonight,” Sicklesmith said. “We have to play better ball then we have and tonight we took care of business at the plate.”

“When everyone hits the ball like they did tonight we feel like we can win any game,” Lindsay said.

After the Rebels-keyed by a two-run triple from Balmenti-took a quick 4-0 lead, Metzgar settled down nicely for the next three innings and kept Lisbon in range. The Blue Devils, however, could muster nothing against Lindsay. Their only baserunner in the first four innings reached on a throwing error.

“My curveball and dropball were both working really well tonight,” Lindsay said. “My defense also did a great job of backing me up.”

Everything collapsed for Lisbon in the fifth as the Rebels began to zero in on Metzgar and hit several balls hard. The Blue Devils also committed four errors in the inning.

“I don’t know that we felt we could compete today,” Lisbon coach Dave Crismon said. “I felt it right from the first pitch, it has to change. We were right in it until the fifth, but I don’t think the girls felt that way. We’ve made good strides, but you have to discipline yourself to bring a competitive mindset to every play.”

Both teams play today as Crestview visits Girard and Lisbon hosts Jackson-Milton.

C: 4-0-0-0-12-16-13-1

L: 0-0-0-0-1- 1- 1-6

C-Autumn Lindsay, wp, (5IP, 6K, 2BB) and Alexys Brooks.

L-Haille Metzgar, lp, (5IP, 7K, 4BB) and Devyn Flory.