COLUMBIA CITY — At the bottom of the seventh, the tying run was on base.
That’s how close Columbia City’s baseball team came to beating Carroll Thursday night and securing at least a share of the Northeast Hoosier Conference title.
The Eagles lost the one-run contest, 7-6, at home. They took their first in-conference loss, as they fell to 5-1 in the NHC and 9-5 overall.
A light drizzle fell throughout the game, making for less than ideal playing conditions.
With the score knotted at 3-3 after three innings, the Chargers went to bat in the top half of the fourth. With two outs and the count at no balls and two strikes, Carroll’s Luke Brunner hit a hanging off-speed pitch to left field that scored the go-ahead run for the visitors and extended the inning. Carroll tacked on three more runs before the half-inning was over and led 7-4.
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