PITTSBURG — The St. Mary’s-Colgan Boys’ Baseball team swept visiting Columbus in Saturday’s doubleheader, giving them three wins in their last four games. Colgan held the Columbus bats in check both games, winning game one 3-1 and taking game two 2-1.
“We were more consistent through all aspects of the game,” said St. Mary’s-Colgan head coach Mike Watt. “We've battled being consistent all season, and tonight we were able to put it all together. I know we have struggled record wise, but I never doubted our effort and I am really proud of the performance they gave tonight.”
Game two St. Mary’s-Colgan 3, Columbus 1
There was only one hit between the two teams in the first three innings, as they both struggled to mount any offense.
The Panthers would strike first in the bottom of the fourth, beginning with Parker Wydick earning a two-out walk. Derek VanBecelaere would hit a single to center field, and Wydick would reach home on a bad throw to first. Logan Lindsey drove home VanBecelaere on the next at-bat to put Colgan up 2-0.
The Titans would pull to within one in the fifth, but Matthew Lomshek would score on an error in Colgan’s half of the inning to extend the lead to 3-1.
Lomshek pitched a complete game for Colgan, allowing only four runs. Lomshek threw 90 pitches.
VanBecelaere led the Panthers offense with two hits and one RBI.
Game two St. Mary’s-Colgan 2, Columbus 1
Game two begin in a similar fashion as the first, with neither team scoring in the first three innings.
Wydick was the catalyst for game two as well, hitting a single to open the bottom of the fourth. Lomshek would come in as a courtesy runner for Wydick, and advance to second base on a sacrifice bunt from VanBecelaere.
After a Lindsey walk, Lomshek advanced to third on a passed ball. Kannon Keller drove in Lomshek on a ground out to shortstop to give the Panthers a 1-0.
Columbus tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the sixth. Keller would retake the lead for the Panthers in their half of the inning, singling home VanBecelaere to make the score 2-1.
The Titans loaded the bases in the seventh, but Cade Simmons would force a groundout to end the game.
Wydick had two hits for the Panthers. Gavin Glover earned the win in relief.
The Panthers will be on the road to faceoff against Independence at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.