Either a slumbering giant finally woke up or it was one of those strange days when everything lined up perfectly.
It will take more games to understand the ramifications of Columbus East’s 11-5, 13-3 doubleheader stomping of a solid Bloomington South team Saturday.
The Olympians (10-5) were coming of a 5-4 loss to a struggling Jennings County squad Thursday.
“We’ve been having problems,” said East’s Cam Curry, who launched a pair of two-run homers in the second game against the Panthers. “It seemed like nobody was going hard.
“After we lost to Jennings County, we had a meeting. I think we practiced the hardest we ever have on Friday.”
While the Olympians have scored a lot of runs against mediocre teams, the offense has floundered against tough opponents.
That was not the case Saturday. East smashed 25 hits in the two games, including five homers.
Curry’s shots were towering drives over the left-center field fence in the second and fourth innings. East scored eight runs in the fourth to build a 12-1 lead.
“It just all came together for us,” Curry said. “I think Thursday was a big wake-up call.”
After Sam Claycamp started East rolling with a home run in the opener, the Olympians had four homers in the second game. Besides Curry’s pair of homers, Christian Wichman hit a three-run shot over the left field fence in the fourth and William Anderson capped East’s scoring with a solo shot to left field in the sixth.
Takahiro Yamada, Wichman and Peyton Gray all had doubles in East’s 11-5 romp while Brock Greiwe, Anderson and Wichman had doubles in the second game.
Anderson pitched into the fifth inning to get the win in the opener while Curry hurled five innings in the second game for the victory.
“That’s what we are capable of doing,” said East coach Jonathan Gratz. “We have a lot of talent.
“We were struggling a little at the plate.”
Gratz said that Friday’s meeting mostly was run by his players.
“We had a good practice on Friday so I thought we would come out and hit well. And when a couple of guys start hitting, hitting is contagious.”
Wichman had been struggling at the plate but he drove in five runs in the second game. He had a two-out, two-run single in the first inning to get the Olympians rolling.
“He has been hitting it hard and getting quality at-bats, so we weren’t worried,” Gratz said.
Now it’s up to the Olympians to build momentum.
“I think this will move us up to the next step,” Curry said.
The Panthers fell to 7-4.