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Tide Softball Competes Four Times Last Week

Thanks to Mother Nature, it was a wild week for the Columbia High School spring sports teams.

Here is your weekly recap of baseball and softball on the hill and a look ahead for the track program.

SOFTBALL

The Tide is looking to improve each and every time out in softball. Despite going 0-4 last week, Columbia had chances to win three of those games.

The lone game the Tide didn't have a chance to win was last Wednesday against Pequea Valley, one of the top teams in Section 4. The Braves battered the Crimson Tide 12-2, in a game that lasted just five innings because of the 10-run rule.

On the plus side, Columbia did bang out six hits but committed four errors in the field.

The rest of the week, the games could have gone either way. Still with a young team, those efforts fell short as they lost three games by a total of five runs.

Coach Morgan Kibler's team opened the week in the snow at home and lost a tough 5-3 decision to Annville-Cleona.

A day later, the Tide girls fell behind 4-1 but rallied before losing to Lancaster Mennonite, 7-5.

Columbia scored four of its five runs in the top of the seventh inning.

The Tide closed out the week with an extra inning game against Elco in the team's first crossover. Columbia saw Elco rally for a 6-5 win in eight innings.

The Tide led the game 5-2 after three innings and saw the Raiders tie the game in the fifth with two runs.

In the eighth, Columbia was the victim of bad luck as one of their players was ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes and the Lady Raiders pulled out the win in the bottom of the eighth.

The two teams combined for 22 hits in the game.

BASEBALL

Weather issues forced the baseball team to play four games, and when pitching isn't one of the team's strong suites, it made for a long week.

In those four games, the Tide was outscored 39-4. For the season, Columbia has given up double figure runs in five of the six games they have played.

The lone exception to that was last Wednesday's game at Pequea Valley, which was a pitcher's duel between Tide ace Ryan Redding and PV's Aaryan Yothers. The game was scoreless until the fourth when the Braves plated three runs off the Tide righty.

Redding, who hurled a complete game, allowed the Braves just five hits, while striking out four and walking two. PV's Yothers allowed just one hit, a Matt Derr double, while striking out a dozen and walking two. Chandler Gibson and Zac Nikolaus reached on walks.

Columbia opened the week with a 10-0 loss to Annville-Cleona in a game that lasted just five innings.

In the snow up on the hill, the Tide and Little Dutchmen were scoreless until the fourth when A-C scored three times. The visitors from Lebanon County ended the game with a seven run fifth.

A day later under somewhat better weather conditions, the Tide traveled down Route 30 to Lancaster Mennonite where the Blazers scored a 16-1, three inning win over Columbia.

Mennonite scored nine runs in the first, one in the second and six in the third.

Columbia did have a 1-0 lead in the game.

The Tide completed the week on Friday with their first crossover game of the season, a 10-3 loss to the Raiders from Elco.

This one, unlike the other games last week, started out great for the Crimson Tide, who led the game 3-0 after three innings.

The wheels started coming off in the fourth when the Raiders scored four times to take a 4-3 lead. Elco also added three runs in each of the sixth and seven innings.

Braden Bohanon, who beat the Tide in football and basketball this season, pitched a complete game for the Raiders striking out five and walking two.

TRACK

It was an off week for the Crimson Tide in track. On April 30 Columbia ventures back over Kinderhook Road for a tri-meet involving the Indians and Northern Lebanon. The Northern Lebanon meet was originally scheduled for last month at Columbia but was reschedule because of snow.

Columbia's last home meet is May 7 against Elco.

Saturday, the Tide will travel to Shippensburg University for the 92nd annual Jack Roddick Invitational, the top invitational in the state and the only one the Tide will compete in this season.

Over the last three years, Columbia has done well at the Shippensburg Invitational. Last season, senior Jordan Haberstroh placed third in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs, while teammate Joellen Wakefield placed in both hurdles events and the javelin. On the boys' side, Ahmad Kamara and Ishmael Wright participated in the 800, 400 relay and triple jump.

Haberstroh has done quite well at Shippensburg. As a freshman and sophomore, she won the 3,200 meter run.

Schedule

It will be another four game week for the Crimson Tide in baseball and softball. There are three crossover games scheduled along with a non-league game. Wednesday and Thursday, the two teams hit the road for a league game at Cocalico and then another road trip on Thursday to Hanover. Friday, Columbia is home in softball for a game with Lampeter-Strasburg, while baseball plays its third straight road game at Garden Spot.

Fans are reminded to check the school website daily for announcements concerning last minute schedule and sight changes. That website is columbiabsd.org and look under the activities tab for athletics.

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