Lancers sweep past Northeast

Crest High's batters accounted for five home runs — two from Ryan Golden and a grand slam from Henry White — as the Lancers rolled to 16-1 and 14-8 wins over visiting Northeast-Arma Monday. White, Jensen Barker and Logan Kistner all hit their first career home runs during the sweep.

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March 26, 2024 - 1:48 PM

Crest High's Logan Kistner connects on a two-run home run against Northeast-Arma Monday. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

COLONY — Crest High’s offense is rounding into shape quite nicely.

The Lancer batters hit five home runs on a blustery afternoon in a 16-1 and 14-8 sweep over visiting Northeast.

“Our hitting has come a long way,” Lancer head coach Roland Weir said. “We just needed some more at-bats.”

Opposing pitchers may cringe at the thought of what might happen once the schedule hits high gear.

Ryan Golden continued his torrid play at the plate, hitting his second and third home runs of the season, while Henry White, Logan Kistner and Jensen Barker all hit their first career homers in the opener.

Kistner’s two-run blast got things started in the first inning. White’s bomb, a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth helped end it. His shot increased Crest’s lead to 15-1, with the final tally coming later in the inning on a bases-loaded walk.

That was more than enough for Rogan Weir, who pitched a four-inning complete game, allowing two hits with six strikeouts.

“Rogan stepped up and really commanded his pitches,” Coach Weir said. 

Golden went 3-for-3 with a home run and two singles, driving in three. White’s slam capped a five-RBI day. Kistner added  a single to his two-run jack and scored three runs. Barker also had five RBIs and three runs along with his home run. Jerry Rodriguez doubled and scored twice. Rogan Weir also had a single.

GOLDEN took the hill in the nightcap, and promptly sported Northeast a pair of runs in the top of the first.

Rather than mope, Golden responded with a three-run blast  in the bottom of the first to give the Lancers a 3-2 lead.

Rodriguez doubled and scored on Kade Nilges’ RBI single in the bottom of the second for a 4-2 margin.

Northeast found its offense with two in the top of the fifth to come within 5-4.

But the Lancers left little doubt as to the outcome in their final two times at the plate.

Roy Gorden’s bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the fifth made it 8-4. Nilges followed with a run-scoring single to extend the lead to five.

The Vikings didn’t go quietly, scoring four more times in the sixth to make it 9-8, but Crest’s offensive prowess proved too much to overcome.

Barker’s two-run double extended the lead to 11-8 before he scored on Brayden Goodell’s ground ball. Nilges got back into the fun with a two-run single to cap the scoring.

Golden pitched three innings, allowing three hits with eight strikeouts. Gordon, Rodriguez and Nilges pitched in relief, allowing one hit, but walking a combined nine batters with five strikeouts.

MONDAY’S passing cold front was preceded by a brief, but intense rainstorm that wound up forcing the umpires to call off Crest’s softball games against Northeast because the field was too wet. No makeup date has been announced.

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