The Creston baseball team ran into yet another strong team here Wednesday, losing to Class 2A No. 10 Treynor in a rout.
Creston starting pitcher Brandon Phipps kept the Panthers in the ballgame through the first two innings, as Treynor touched him for three runs through the first two frames.
But Creston couldn’t get a runner past first base in either inning.
And then came the big nine-run third inning for Treynor, quickly stretching the lead to 12-0.
The Cardinals put runners on and used small ball — stolen bases and bunts — keeping pressure on the Creston defense.
“They hit the ball and got runners on,” Creston head coach Steve Birchard said. “And then they put pressure on us defensively and bunted, and we didn’t respond. We didn’t execute.”
Phipps lasted 2 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits, before Kadon Hulett came in to pitch an inning of relief. Hulett allowed four runs on four hits.
Combined, Phipps and Hulett struck out two batters, with only three walks and two hit batsmen. It was the 13 hits allowed that hampered the Panthers.
“It wasn’t like we walked people all over the place or anything like that,” Birchard said. “They’re just a good hitting team, and we couldn’t stop the bleeding.”
Eighth-grader Chase Shiltz finished the game throwing 1 2/3 innings of relief, giving up one hit and walking two with one strikeout, finally stopping some of that bleeding.
But, at 14-0, it was already too late for the Panthers, who mustered only four hits on offense.
Seven times in 15 outs the Panther popped the ball up, making for easy outs.
“We didn’t challenge them,” Birchard said. “Speaking about putting pressure on them, those are easy outs. We just didn’t put any pressure on them defensively. They sort of kept running and doing things. You can get ticked off about it, or you can get better and not let people do it. We gotta get better and learn from it, and come and beat people like this next time.”
Zach Powers singled twice, while Cody Crawford and Conner Pals each finished with one single.
Creston returns to action Monday at Class 1A No. 5 Martensdale-St. Marys.
The Creston JV team fell to 9-7 for the season with a 10-5 loss to Treynor.
Colton Bolinger and Jon Birchard split pitching duties in the loss, combining for three strikeouts and seven walks.
Garret Taylor hit a double and drove in two runs, while Chase Shiltz and Bolinger each drove in one run.
Treynor 14, Creston 0
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Treynor 129 20 — 14 14 0
Creston 000 00 — 0 4 2
Avery Umphreys 2BB 2K and Braxton Mittan. Brandon Phipps 0K 1BB, Kadon Hulett (3) 2K 2BB 2HBP, Chase Shiltz (4) 1K 2BB and Zach Powers. W — Umphreys. L— Phipps. HR — none. 3B — none. 2B — T: Ben Chapin 1, Mittan 1, Alec Sorensen 1. RBI — T: Umphreys 3, Mittan 3, Sorensen 2, Chapin 1, Brett Daly 1, Grant Mantell 1, Ryan Hempell 1, Chad Cyr 1. Multiple hitters — Umphreys 3, Mittan 3, Chapin 2, Sorensen 2, Nolan Mantell 2.