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5-run inning lifts East

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With the game tied 1-1 going into the sixth inning, Columbus East wasn’t able to get hits against Southport pitcher Luke Johnston.

It wasn’t until Johnston was relieved by Wyatt Cullom in the sixth inning that the Olympians’ bats finally came alive.

The Olympians posted a five-run sixth inning to rally past the Cardinals 7-1.

Olympians coach Jonathan Gratz praised the teams’ batting in the sixth inning.

“They had a positive vibe throughout the game,” Gratz said. “It paid off for us because our balls were line drive after line drive, so their outfielders couldn’t catch it.”

Connor Roberts got the first run of the inning with an RBI single to bring Sam Claycamp home. After Kyle Weiss went to first on a walk, Cam Curry connected on a single to bring in Roberts.

Nick Andrie added the exclamation point to the inning with a two-run RBI single.

“We played with a lot of energy in that inning,” Andrie said. “Coach (Jon Gratz) told us we needed to get going because we were hitting really slow and to not have that lead us to another upsetting loss.”

Roberts, who recorded a double in the fourth, said he felt good at the plate.

“I had a lot of confidence tonight,” Roberts said. “I have been struggling at the plate recently. Once I got that double, it helped get me going and it made me see the ball and to hit it much better.”

Johnston, however, gave the Olympians (11-5) trouble early. The only run they could muster came in the third inning when Curry led off with a single. After a wild pitch that advanced Curry to second, Takahiro Yamada blasted a single to bring Curry in.

“We were hitting the ball well, but our flyballs early on were going directly at the outfielders,” Gratz said. “Wyatt threw the ball much harder which helped us out a lot.”

“We tend to do better with guys that throw with a better velocity because that is what we were used to.” he said.

Southport’s (3-12) Cullom came in to pitch to start the sixth inning, who was credited with the loss in the game.

East starting pitcher Nick Beamish pitched for four innings, allowing only one run off of three hits, and recorded recorded four strikeouts. Weiss relieved Beamish in the fifth inning to pick up the win.

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