Boys Varsity Baseball
ST. LEON, Ind. – Junior Cole Gilley doubled home two runs in the first inning and senior Nash Murphy doubled home three more in the third inning Monday (May 27), lifting the Columbus East baseball team to a 5-3 victory over Columbus North for the championship of the East Central Sectional.
Gilley gave up three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and no walks over six innings to pick up the decision for the Olympians, who improved to 23-4 in claiming the sectional crown for the second consecutive season. Senior Julian Greenwell struck out the side in the seventh inning to record a save.
Senior Jonah WIchman went 2-for-3, while sophomore Ben Major added a double and sophomore Clayton Taylor singled for Columbus East.
Junior Adam Chapman went 2-for-3 with a double and junior Casper Clark homered for the Bull Dogs, who finished at 22-8 and saw their season end in the sectional final for the second straight year. Sophomore Reese Harmon singled in another run, while sophomore Blake Huffman added a double and sophomore Kyler McIntosh had a single.
Clark absorbed the setback, giving up five runs on four hits with two strikeouts and three walks in 2.2 innings. Senior Parker Maddox relieved, allowing no runs on two hits with five strikeouts and one walk in 3.1 innings.
Columbus East took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Wichman singled, Greenwell walked and Gilley drove a shot to center field to bring both runners home.
Clark homered to left field to lead off the second inning for CN, but the Olympians extended their advantage in the third inning. Wichman opened the frame with a bunt single, junior Dalton Back walked and sophomore Parker Harrison walked. Murphy followed with a liner to center field that cleared the bases.
The Bull Dogs countered with two runs in the fourth when Clark reached on an error, Huffman to left field and Harmon singled in Clark. Huffman then scored on a groundout by senior Devon Rodgers.
Chapman opened the sixth with a double, but that was the only offense for Columbus North over the final three innings.
AT EAST CENTRAL
Columbus North …….. 010 200 0 – 3 6 0
Columbus East ……….. 203 000 x – 5 6 2
WP: Cole Gilley. LP: Casper Clark. Save: Julian Greenwell.
2B: Cole Gilley (East), Nash Murphy (East), Blake Huffman (CN), Adam Chapman (CN), Ben Major (East).
HR: Casper Clark (CN).