COLUMBIA CITY — For the Columbia City Eagle baseball team, Saturday was a tale of two games as they split a home double-header with the Garrett Railroaders, dropping game one by a 7-5 score before coming back to take game two by an 8-1 count.
In game one, the first three innings went scoreless for both squads, as the visiting Railroaders were only able to get one hit off Columbia City pitcher Austin Clark.
The Eagles were not able to do much better of Garrett’s pitching, coming up with only two hits in the first three frames.
Columbia City closed the gap to 7-4 in the fifth when Slavich doubled, then scored two batters later on a Reed double. The Eagles picked up another run in the bottom of the seventh when Landon Rehrer led off with a single. A double by Bickle and a Garrett error loaded the bases for the Eagles. Rehrer scored on a ground out by Lamle, but a walk by Austin McCormick again loaded the bases for the Eagles. A ground out to second base ended the Eagle rally with the Railroaders taking game one 7-5.
The Eagles continued their offensive output at the plate to start the second game jumping on the Railroaders with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Lead-off hitter Brandon Gay reached on a Garrett fielding error. Following a fly-out Jordan Bickle, who assumed the pitching duties for the Eagles in game two also got to first on another Garrett fielding error. Reed walked, and a sacrifice fly by Lamle scored Gay. The next batter, Austin McCormick lifted a two RBI single to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead at the end of the first inning.
Columbia City won with an 8-1 score, giving the Eagles the split.
The Eagles record now stands at 10-11 going into their next game when they host NHC foe Norwell on Tuesday evening.