By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
WINFIELD ? The Winfield-Mt. Union offense had its best game of the year on Friday night but the Wolves couldn?t quite out-slug Columbus Community. The Wolves made a late run in the SEISC North Division showdown but fell 10-8.
W-MU had to battle back from an early deficit after seven-straight runs for Columbus. The Wildcats scored four runs in the first inning, two in the second and one in the third to take a 7-0 lead after 2.5 innings.
W-MU scored one each in the third and fourth innings to cut the Columbus lead to five runs at 7-2. The Wildcats added three in the fifth to stretch the advantage to 10-2.
W-MU stormed back in the bottom of the sixth. The Wolves batted around in the inning, sending shot after shot into the outfield. Jacob Ford capped the run off with a triple, scoring on a throwing error after reaching third to bring the Wolves within two.
Ford came in and shut Columbus down in the top of the seventh, but the W-MU offense went quietly in the bottom half. Columbus worked a one-two-three inning and the game was over.
After the game, head coach Kenton Klopfenstein credited his offense for waking up late in the game.
?We just started putting better swings on it,? Klopfenstein said. ?We were a little more patient at the plate and found some pitches to hit.?
Klopfenstein said he wasn?t quite as pleased with the teams at-bats in the seventh inning, but that his offense now has something to build momentum off of.
Ford led the team offensively, going 2-4 with a triple and two RBIs. Brody Barton went 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Dawson Boal and John Day both went 2-4 with an RBI.
Bryant Holtkamp, Collin Simmons, Nick Crow and Jarod Kadel each had one hit in the loss.
Dawson Boal was tagged with the loss on the mound, throwing two-thirds of an inning. and giving up four runs (two earned) on two hits and two runs, while striking out two batters. Nathan Crow threw five and one-thirds innings, giving up six unearned runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out five.