Columbiana (10-4) dropped a 6-4 decision to the Cardinal Huskies Saturday morning in Middlefield, Ohio. The Clippers led 2-0 into the fifth inning but a series of free passes in the fifth and sixth innings ultimately doomed Columbiana.
Alex Eusebio (2-1) pitched 4.1 innings without allowing a hit. Eusebio had faced the minimum through 13 batters striking out 8 before the zone escaped the Columbiana pitcher. After four straight bases on balls, Seth Spooner would come in and walk another batter. After a Spooner strikeout, Cardinal managed a bases loaded single that turned into a second run on a throwing error giving the Huskies a 4-2 advantage. Columbiana would bring the score to 4-3 in the sixth after back to back doubles by Spooner and Riley McElwain, but a double play ended the Clipper rally. The Huskies tacked on two more in the sixth after two walks and a double to center. In the seventh, the Clippers got a run on hits by Colin Keleman and Bayden Pipoly bringing the score to its final of 6-4.
Spooner and McElwain each had two hits on the day. Eusebio added an rbi single in the fourth inning. Eddie Clancy, Keleman, and Pipoly each singled on the Clippers eight hit afternoon.
After an off day on Sunday, Columbiana will travel to New Waterford’s Next Level complex to take on East Palestine in EOAC action on Monday at 5 PM.