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Chs Baseball Roundup

Bruins split with Beavers, lose close one to Spudders

Columbia High finished up the first half of its Trico Division baseball season with a double-header split at Woodland last Friday.

The Bruins won the opener, 9-5, with a four-run rally in the top of the seventh inning against Beavers ace Justin Leonard that snapped a 5-5 tie.

Jared McDonald doubled to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs, David Giron hit a sacrifice fly and Austin Krentz followed with a run-scoring single to cap the comeback.

"I'm so proud of our kids," Bruins Coach Larry McCutcheon said. "We basically took charge of the game and went out and won it."

The four runs--on five of CHS's eight hits--secured No. 1 starter Jon Bryan's first victory of the season and the Bruins' third overall.

"Jon didn't have his best stuff, but he gutted it out against the best hitting ball club we've seen this year, and gave us a chance to win it for him," McCutcheon said.

Columbia put up four runs in its first at-bat with runs batted in from Greg Tellez, Nick Reeves, Kyle Reeves and Keith Ingram.

But Bryan, who allowed eight hits in his seven innings of work, couldn't hold the quick lead.

Woodland got to Bryan for four runs in the third inning, with three runs coming on a home run by Seth Drake.

Columbia regained the lead in the fourth when Nick Reeves squeezed Bryan with a sacrifice bunt.

The Beavers knotted the score at 5-all in the fifth, stringing together three singles after two were out.

Bryan was tough after that, however, stranding the go-ahead run at third in the sixth and leaving one on at first in the seventh.

The right-hander finished his complete-game effort with four strikeouts and two walks.

McDonald (2 RBIs), Ingram and Kyle Reeves each had two hits for Columbia (2-4 in Trico, 3-8 overall).

In the nightcap, Krentz, in his first start of the year, never got out of the first inning of an 11-3, five-inning setback. The right-hander walked Woodland's lead-off hitter, then surrendered back-to-back home runs to Ty and Seth Drake.

The Beavers tried to give their lead back in the home half of the first as the first four Bruins reached base against starter Travis Daw.

But Beavers Coach Curtis Eccles had seen enough and called on Ty Drake to shut the Bruins down.

Woodland turned a line drive out at third base into a double play and CHS never seriously threatened thereafter.

"We had the bases loaded with no outs and I think it took a lot of starch out of us when we only scored the one run," McCutcheon said.

After getting out of that bases-loaded jam, Drake struck out the side in the second and third innings and fanned two in both the fourth and fifth innings to hold CHS at bay.

Bryan paced Columbia at the plate, going 1 for 2 with two runs batted in. Giron accounted for both of Bryan's RBIs and Mike Charters contributed a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the fourth that brought Nick Reeves home.

At Ridgefield 5-11, Columbia High 4-2 --

The defending division champions' April 19 sweep prevented the Bruins from gaining ground in the standings.

Columbia missed an opportunity for a breakthrough in the first game, leaving the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning against Spudders reliever Drew Bleth.

Its failure to score squandered a solid pitching performance by right-hander Jared McDonald, who gave up six hits in six innings.

"We can't say they didn't give us a chance," Bruins Coach Larry McCutcheon said. "But when they did, we didn't produce, and that was the ball game."

The Bruins took a 4-3 lead in the third inning on Justin Collins' two-run homer off Ridgefield ace Nick Puhich, but lost it in the fifth when Puhich and Cory Pfeifer knocked in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double and a sacrifice fly, respectively.

Two of CHS's three hits came in the third inning.

The second game was close until the Spudders got to Bruins starter David Giron in the fourth for three runs to move in front, 5-1.

They tacked on three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings against CHS relievers Kyle Reeves and Daniel Giron to win going away.

Columbia's runs came on Nick Reeves' first varsity home run in the fourth inning and David Giron's sacrifice fly in the sixth.

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