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Oufielder sizzles for Olympians

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Columbus East pitcher William Anderson was hoping for warmer weather after the Olympians smashed visiting Perry Meridian 11-5 on Wednesday.

But Anderson, who gave up two runs in his four innings of work, needs only to stand next to teammate Cam Curry.

Curry is sizzling.

After he went 3 for 4 against the Falcons, Curry is 8 for 15 to start the season. He had an RBI single in the first against Perry Meridian, a three-run triple in the second and an RBI double in the third. His final hit gave the Olympians (3-1) a 10-1 lead, and they coasted home.

Did Curry think about hitting for the cycle in his final at-bat?

“Honestly, no,” he said. “But I am seeing the ball well. It feels like a beach ball right now.”

East coach Jonathan Gratz knows his right fielder is on an offensive tear.

“He is seeing the ball well right now,” Gratz said. “Everything he hits is hard. He has quick hands and his bat is flat through the zone.”

While Curry was slamming line drives, his teammates struggled a bit when it came to putting the game away. East scored just one run in the final three innings despite having some golden opportunities to score.

“Sometimes it’s hard to stay focused,” said Curry, who is a junior. “It would have been nice to put it away.”

Gratz felt the same way.

“We hit the ball well early,” Gratz said. “But we were popping it up late.”

Perry Meridian struggled offensively most of the game until a too-little, too-late, three-run seventh.

Anderson had a bit of difficulty in the first as Kyle Fleener, who had four hits, singled and eventually scored on a single by Collin Timmons, who crushed a hanging curve.

The Falcons could get nothing going against Anderson in the second or third but managed one run in the fourth after Anderson hit a batter and allowed two singles.

With no outs, a run home and two men on base, Anderson got a visit on the mound from pitching coach Justin Denney. He threw struck out the next three batters.

“It wasn’t my best outing, but I got the job done,” Anderson said. “I have a great defense behind me.”

Anderson said Denney helped him make an adjustment to his curve after the first inning, and it worked well.

“I did a lot of work in the off-season,” Anderson said. “I didn’t have a curve last year to strike people put.”

In the fourth, Anderson froze all three of his strikeout victims with a sharp-breaking curve on strike three.

He also figures to improve when the weather warms up. The temperature hovered around 60 degrees Wednesday but felt cooler when a breeze whipped through the field.

“I like it when it is 95 and sunny,” he said.

Gratz was happy to get four solid innings from Anderson no matter the weather conditions. East hosts Seymour today at 4:45 p.m. and has two games Saturday against Floyd Central and Madison in Madison. That’s five games in five days.

“I do feel like we have a lot of guys who can throw strikes,” Gratz said.

After Anderson’s four innings, junior Garrett Thrasher threw one scoreless inning for East and then Kyle Weiss threw the final two.

East scored three runs in the first inning against the Falcons, as Curry, Connor Roberts and Brock Greiwe all drove in one run. Curry and Anderson put together back-to-back triples in the second to account for four of the five runs in the inning. Anderson scored on a wild pitch.

Takahiro Yamada had a sacrifice fly in the third for East, and Curry added his RBI double for a 10-1 lead.

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