CHURUBUSCO — Columbia City’s baseball team continued its winning ways Monday night against county-rival Churubusco, defeating the Eagles 11-3.
Columbia City tallied 12 hits, including a home run by Connor Slavich, triples by Slavich and Derek Lamle and a double by Jordan Bickle.
Columbia City got a 2-0 lead in the first inning and built it to a 6-0 advantage by the top of the third. ’Busco got its first run in the fifth inning, but Columbia City retaliated with five more runs to make the score 11-1 going into the bottom of the fifth.
With another 10-run-rule looming, Churubusco battled to score two more runs and hold Columbia City off to end the game at 11-3. Though Churubusco may have been lacking on the scoreboard, the Eagles only recorded one error against the undefeated Columbia City team.
Pitcher Austin Clark earned the win, pitching five innings with nine strikeouts, one walk and one error. Bickle was Columbia City’s closing pitcher, finishing the last two innings with four strikeouts, two runs and giving up three hits.
Bickle led the team offensively with a .750 batting average, two runs, three RBI and two stolen bases. Slavich chipped in three runs and four RBIs with his .666 average.
Lamle had two RBIs, a stolen base and was .750 in batting.
Columbia City’s Jacob Johnson went out of the game in the seventh inning with an injury to his left elbow, and may possibly be out for awhile, according to Columbia City coaches.
Columbia City is back in action tonight at Leo and Churubusco hosts Lakeland tonight.