Columbus wins over Home Federal in 9 innings
(Columbus, NE) - It took extra innings on Wednesday night as Columbus Cornerstone Insurance Group downed Grand Island Home Federal by a final score of 8-7 at Pawnee Park. Columbus would send their ace to the mound, Taden Bell, who will be playing collegiate baseball at Coastal Carolina. Bell would throw 107 pitches in five innings of work and had 11 strikeouts vs Home Federal bats. Grand Island would find themselves down 4-0 after three innings. GI would scratch one run across in the fourth and then answer with two more runs in the top of the fifth to make it a one-run deficit at 4-3. Grand Island had a chance to tie the game with the bases loaded but would strand them loaded. In the top of 7th Grand Island would continue to trail by one run. Carson Leiting would hit a 2 run home run for GI to tie and take the lead in the game 5-4. Columbus then would answer in the bottom of the 7th win a run to tie the game at five and force the eighth inning. Both teams would hang zeros in the eight. GI would come up with two runs in the top of the 9th to take a 7-5 lead. Columbus would get one more opportunity to tie or win the game in the bottom of the 9th. With 2 outs Grand Island would give up a solo home run to Kael Forney to make the score 7-6. A double would then follow by Sawyer Kimberling. Then a ground ball to short off the bat of Zoucha would be the start of the end for Grand Island. The ball thrown to first would sail past the bag allowing Kimberling to score from second meanwhile Zoucha would continue to run headed to third. Grand Island would then try to throw the ball across the diamond to third, but that throw would be wide of third allowing Zoucha to come around and score the game-winning run for Columbus to claim the victory by a final score of 8-7. With the loss, Grand Island is now 16-8 on the season. Columbus moves on with the win to 13-5. Grand Island's next action is set for Tuesday, July 5th at Lexington. Juniors at 5:00 pm with seniors game following at 7:30 pm.
In the juniors game Grand Island, Five Points Bank defeated Columbus by a final score of 27-2.
Columbus - 8 Runs - 10 Hits - 2 Errors
Grand Island - 7 Runs - 9 Hits - 4 Errors