Crest stays hot as postseason arrives

The most successful regular season in Crest High School baseball history came to an end with another pair of victories. The Lancers are carrying a 19-1 record to the Class 2-1A Regional Tournament.



May 13, 2021 - 9:52 AM

Crest High's Tyson Hermreck pitches a game earlier this season. Photo by Richard Luken

PLEASANTON — Crest High’s baseball team put a fitting touch to a dominant regular season, rolling to 15-0 and 19-4 victories over Pleasanton Tuesday.

The Lancers (19-1) followed a familiar formula in winning both — applying constant pressure with opportunistic offense and solid pitching — further affirming their Three Rivers League championship in the process.

“I’m proud of each and every one of our players,” head coach Roland Weir said. “Our first goal was to win the league, and they have attained that. Now, it’s a new season that starts with regionals, and we have our second goal to accomplish.”

The Class 2-1A Regional Tournament is set for Monday and Wednesday in Humboldt. Pairings have yet to be announced.

Advancing beyond regionals will be a challenge, with Lebo/Waverly (14-2), Southern Lyon County (15-4) and Jayhawk-Linn (12-5) also in the mix. Jayhawk-Linn handed Crest its only loss of the season April 29.

“We have to be ready and continue to do what we do best,” Weir said. “These kids deserve the best and I believe they will play as hard as they possibly can each and every game.”

Sophomore standout Trevor Church improved to 6-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to a microscopic 0.40 with four shutout innings. He struck out five and allowed two hits and a walk.

He wasn’t too shabby at the plate, either rapping out a pair of doubles and scoring three runs with an RBI. 

Meanwhile, Stetson Setter continued his torrid offensive play with a single, double and home run with four RBIs and two runs. Jack White had three singles and two RBIs.

Avery Blaufuss had a single and double with a run and RBI. Tyson Hermreck, Stratton McGhee and Holden Barker and Rogan Weir each had singles. 

THE LANCERS broke open a 4-1 lead in Game 2, with a seven-run fourth and eight-run fifth.

Setter, who went 2-for-4, had the only extra base hit, a triple. Blaufuss had a pair of singles and five RBIs. Kobey Miller had two hits as well. Church and Setter chipped in with singles.

Hermreck got the start, tossing three innings. He allowed three hits with an unearned run and struck out a pair of batters. 

McGhee tossed two innings of relief, allowing one hit with three strikeouts.