Columbus Little League team ends season short

By: 
Mikaela Mikaela
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Koleman Garriet prepares to receive a throw from the infield at first.

Columbus pitcher Colter Chamberlin throws the ball to first after grabbing a grounder as thrid baseman Jim Wayland watches the play.

Ethan West takes off after getting a hit in the semifinals against Laurel.

Jim Wayland waits for the throw from the plate to catch a runner trying to steal third.

Bridger Wilks delivers a pitch in the semifinal game against Laurel.

Coach Travis West celebrates at third base after a good offensive play by his team.

SCN photos by Mikaela Koski

The Engineering West Little League boys majors team from Columbus ended the season two games short of a perfect season.

After a first round 14-2 Tournament of Champions (TOC) victory over Burlington on Tuesday, June 19, the Columbus team took on the Central Giants on June 20. The game was close, but the Columbus boys rallied in the bottom of the last inning for a 5-4 win.

The next day was the TOC semifinal game, and Columbus faced a tough Laurel team.

Laurel put up a quick four runs in the top of the first inning, but Columbus did not panic. Engineering West chipped away at the lead, and after a four-run second inning, took the 6-5 lead entering the third.

From that point on, the game was tight. Laurel regained a one-run lead in the fourth inning, but Columbus tied the game in the fifth. By the end of the sixth inning, the last inning of regulation, the game was tied at seven apiece, so the teams entered extra innings.

After a scoreless seventh inning, Laurel got one run home in the top of the eighth. Columbus answered in the bottom when Ethan West scored the runner on second with a two-out double.

A ninth inning was necessary, but at 9:30 p.m., it was too dark to play any longer. The two teams had to return on Friday to finish the game.

Friday began where Thursday left off – in the top of the ninth inning with a score of 8-8. As the home team, Columbus still had the chance to score last.

Both teams were unable to use their best pitchers because they each reached the majors’ pitch limit Thursday evening, but that did not prove to be a problem, as the teams still engaged in a defensive battle on Friday.

It took more than one quick inning to determine the outcome of the semifinal game. The score was tied at eight for the next four innings – from the ninth inning through the 12th inning.

Laurel scored three in the top of the 13th inning, and Columbus was not able to answer. Laurel won the game 11-8, ending Engineering West’s perfect season one game short of the TOC championship.

The Columbus team finished the season with an impressive 21-1 record.

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