Three weeks ago, Columbiana and East Liverpool competed in an epic 10 inning game that resulted in a 2-1 Clipper win. On Friday the two squad matched up in Columbiana and did not disapoint again. This time East Liverpool got its revenge with a 5-4 eight inning victory over Columbiana (16-8).
Neither squad got a hit in the first three innings with the only baserunner coming via a walk by Clipper Logan Hoschar. The Potters managed to get three runs in the top of the fourth but Columbiana answered with one of their own in the bottom frame. In the sixth, the Clippers scrapped together two runs to tie the game at 3. After a scoreless seventh, East Liverpool would plate two runs in the top of the frame to take a 5-3 advantage. Columbiana would not quit however. Riley McElwain would lead of the inning getting hit by a pitch. After a strikeout, Bayden Pipoly singled to left giving Columbiana 2 runners on with one out. Brady Kridler hit a hard ball to first that made its way into right field scoring McElwain and closing the score to 5-4. Pipoly advanced to third on the play but Kridler was thrown out trying to advance to second on the throw home on an outstanding play by the Potter catcher. A flyout would end the threat for Columbiana giving the Potters the win and their revenge.
Zachary Pleska got the start on the bump and pitched 7 innings. Pleska allowed 3 runs (0 earned) on 4 hits and striking out 13. Logan Hoschar (2-2) was the tough luck loser as he gave up 2 runs (0 earned) on 1 hit. Hoschar walked 1 and struck out 1.
Offensively, Columbiana had 9 hits. Seth Spooner was 2-3 with a double. Brady Dixon and Pipoly also each had 2 hits for the Clippers. Joey Wilczak had a big pinch hit single and Carson Dota had an outstanding at bat that resulted in tying run being scored in the 6th inning.
Columbiana will travel to Salem on Monday in preparation for its tournament game on Wednesday May 19th. The Clippers will host the winner of the Cardinal Mooney-East Palestine game which will be played Monday May 17th.