Will Anderson provided the offensive firepower for the Columbus East baseball team Wednesday night.
The way he was pitching, the Olympians didn’t need it.
Anderson threw a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and went 2 for 2 with a double, a home run, two RBIs and four runs scored to lead the Class 4A No. 8 Olympians to a 12-0 win against East Central in the opening round of the East Central Sectional.
“My team did a great job of getting me a lot of run support and did a great job in the field,” Anderson said. “It was a team effort.”
“Will threw a great game,” East coach Jon Gratz said. “He’s done an excellent job so far this year and kept it going when it mattered here.”
Columbus East will play Bloomington South, a 4-0 winner against Shelbyville in Wednesday’s opener, in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday. Columbus North will face Bloomington North in the second game.
Anderson gave himself all the run production he would need when he led off the second inning with a homer to right-center.
Columbus East did add to its lead with three runs after two were out in the third. Anderson walked and went to second on a wild pitch. Christian Wichman then singled to short, and Anderson came home on a wild throw to first. Peyton Gray and Sam Claycamp walked to load the bases, and Wichman and Gray came home on wild pitches, making it 4-0 and ending the night for Ethan Kramer.
The Olympians blew it wide open in the fourth against Nick DeZarn and Mitch Schuman. Cam Curry led off with a walk, Takahiro Yamada was hit by a pitch and Nick Andrie reached on an error to load the bases. After Anderson was hit by a pitch to force in a run, Wichman lined a two-run single to make it 6-0. Gray walked to load the bases again, and Claycamp reached on an error as another run scored. With one out, Kyle Weiss lined an RBI-single, and Curry followed with a two-run double for an 11-0 lead.
Columbus East added its final run in the fifth when Anderson led off with a double, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Wichman.
Wichman finished 2 for 3 with three RBIs.