Columbus girls roll past WACO
Columbus softball got started quickly on Monday night against WACO.
The Wildcats plated seven runs in the top of the first, then another five in the fourth to pick up the win over the Warriors, 12-0 in four innings.
“We just had to sit on the ball and make sure they got in,” Columbus head coach Tim Milder said. “Last time we faced them, the first couple innings we were way out in front, so we knew we just had to let it come in and stay level on the ball.”
After shutting down WACO in order in the first, the Columbus bats went to work, with the first three batters reaching base and Coree Winters driving in the first run of the game.
The rest of the inning was highlighted by a two-RBI single by Laura Mincks, as Columbus batted through the order to start the game.
In the second and third innings, WACO pitcher Katie Miller shut down the Wildcats in order, but in the fourth, Columbus found its groove again.
Brooklyn Milder led off the fourth with a single, followed by the next four batters reaching base. With two outs in the inning, Kortney Orr ripped a single to left that brought home courtesy runner Kelli Roush to give Columbus the victory.
WACO only managed two base runners (one hit) in the game, but was getting solid contact on the ball, with no strikeouts on the night.
“We had some good defensive plays and some bad defensive plays,” WACO softall head coach Taylor Vannahme said. “The bats were a lot better than they have been in the past; we just have to find the holes. It’s a matter of time. We are getting the experience and getting the reps and we are getting there.”
Columbus’ offense has started to heat up, having scored a combined 25 runs in its last two games.
“I think the last couple games helped us,” Milder said. “We fell short a little bit last week, so it should help us going forward.”
Columbus will take on Lone Tree at home for their next game, while WACO will host Iowa Mennonite in a doubleheader on Tuesday night.