Feel the heat

Rivalry games often are more fun when both teams are playing well — so today’s baseball showdown between Columbus East and Columbus North figures to be a blast. The Bull Dogs are ranked ninth in Class 4A this week, and the Olympians have been as high as No. 6 this season. Both teams have lofty goals, and winning this game is certainly among them.

Back and forth

The East-North baseball rivalry since 2010 (* — denotes sectional matchup)

May 27, 2015;East 5, North 4*

May 6, 2015;North 4, East 2

May 7, 2014;East 4, North 3

April 19, 2014;North 3, East 1

May 1, 2013;North 3, East 0

May 28, 2012;North 4, East 0*

May 2, 2012;North 6, East 0

May 4, 2011;North 6, East 1

May 5, 2010;East 3, North 1

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Tale of the tape

A look at how the Olympians and Bull Dogs stack up statistically this season:

East;North

Record;11-3-1;12-3

Current winning streak;3;9

Runs scored;114;124

On-base percentage;.424;.464

Slugging percentage;.416;.494

Home runs;2;7

Runs allowed;49;47

Earned-run average;2.53;2.21

Errors;12;20

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Columbus East team leaders

Batting average;Takahiro Yamada;.524

Runs scored;Yamada & Jon Crawford;14

Runs batted in;Luke Hostetler;14

Earned-run average;Drew Hasson;0.61

Columbus North team leaders

Batting average;Tyler Finke;.478**

;Collin Lollar;.455

Runs scored;Cooper Trinkle;20

Runs batted in;Trinkle;18

Earned-run average;Jake Petrusky;2.75

(** — injured; will not play)

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Columbus East vs. Columbus North

When: 5 p.m.

Where: Southside Elementary School

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Ryan O'Leary is sports editor for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at roleary@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2715.