FORT WAYNE — Whatever fire was in the Columbia City baseball team had gone out Friday night as the Eagles lost to the Bishop Luers Knights 4-2 at Indiana Tech.
Despite out-hitting Bishop Luers 4-3, Columbia City couldn’t put runs on the board. The Eagles’ defense didn’t help their cause, as they committed six errors in the field.
Due to those miscues, none of the Knights’ four runs were earned by Columbia City pitchers. Pitcher Ryan Kerschner started for Columbia City. He performed well, giving up only two hits and one walk in five and two-thirds innings, yet he received the loss in the contest.
Ross Elkins relieved Kerschner to get the last out of the sixth inning on a pickoff at first base. Columbia City’s best chance to score came in the top of the second inning when the Eagles’ first three batters reached base on Bishop Luers errors and a single by Travis Herbst.
However, Columbia City was caught on the base paths twice in the inning, managing only one run in the frame to take a 1-0 lead. Luers scored two runs on two Eagle errors in their next at-bat to go up 2-1. The Knights put up another run in the home half of the third frame to widen the gap to 3-1.
Columbia City scored another run in the top of the sixth. With two outs, Josh Turner on third and Keaton Reed on first, Reed found himself in a run down between first and second base that allowed Turner to score.
Reed was tagged out by the Knight fielder to end the inning, but Turner had already crossed home to bring the Eagles within one at 3-2. The Knights scored an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning to make the score 4-2.
The Eagles couldn’t get the runs they needed in the top of the seventh to force Luers to bat again. Columbia City lost by a final of 4-2, falling to 8-4 on the year. Luers improves to 7-6.
This was the last game of Columbia City’s stretch of five contests in five straight days. The Eagles finally get some days off before their next game.
They will be at East Noble Tuesday for another Northeast Hoosier Conference game, with the Eagles’ undefeated conference record on the line.