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Col. City falls to New Haven, 8-7

May 4, 2012

Post and Mail photo / Nicole Ott Columbia City’s Jared Bickle gets a fist bump from teammate Connor Reed (left) after hitting a home run in the fifth inning.

NEW HAVEN — Columbia City dropped a 8-7 decision to New Haven Thursday night in extra innings at New Haven High School.

The Eagles’ record falls to 9-6 while the Bulldogs improve to 12-4. The Eagles are now 1-3 against Northeast Hoosier Conference opponents.

Columbia City scored seven runs on 10 hits with five errors. New Haven scored eight runs with 12 hits and no errors.

Columbia City shortstop Brandon Gay drilled two doubles in the game, while right fielder Landon Rehrer and left fielder Austin Clark each hit a double.

The Eagles also hit two home runs, one a solo shot by third baseman Jordan Bickle to center field—his first homer of the season—and the other a two-run blast by designated hitter Austin McCormick over the left field wall—his second of the season.

The hard-throwing pitcher Connor Slavich got the start for the Eagles.
He factored in a no-decision against the Bulldogs, lasting seven innings and giving up six runs—four earned—on 11 hits and one walk, while striking out nine.

McCormick relieved Slavich in the bottom of the eighth inning, but did not record an out, giving up two runs—one earned—on one hit and a walk.
An otherwise solid outing for Columbia City was marred by a few defensive miscues in the field.

The Eagles return to action tonight at 6 p.m. as they face the Knights of Bishop Luers at Indiana Tech.

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