Lady Eagles, Wildcats, do battle on diamond; CC comes away victorious

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s softball team rebounded from its first loss Thursday night at Wawasee by defeating county-rival Whitko, 9-0.Last season, the Lady Wildcats upset Columbia City, which finished the season with a close loss at semi-state. The tables turned this year, as the Lady Eagles took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, starting with Kayla Parks, followed by Alyssa Brandt and Hannah Schnorr.“Parks played really well, though everybody contributed,” Columbia City Head Coach Steve Cox said. “It was a great team win.”Brandt and Schnorr crossed home plate again in the third to give Columbia City a 5-0 lead. Schnorr scored again in the fifth, for her game-high third run. Also scoring in the fifth inning for the Lady Eagles were Mariah Hanauer Alyssa Hansen and Claire Kauffman.Columbia City pitcher Cassie Vodde recorded nine strikeouts. Whitko pitcher Karissa Olinske tallied four strikeouts against the Lady Eagles.Though the Lady Wildcats didn’t score, they recorded four hits and no errors. “We were getting hits and getting runners on, we just couldn’t score. We were moving them and couldn’t get them home,”said Whitko Head Coach Jamilyn Pegan.Columbia City is back in action today at Warsaw at 11 a.m. Whitko travels to Central Noble Wednesday to face the Lady Cougars.