Traci Spear

Staff Writer

Thursday, April 7 the Titan Varsity Baseball team travelled to Altamont for a double header match up with the Labette County Grizzlies. The warmer weather was a welcome sight as the Titans downed the Grizzlies 10 – 2 and 6 – 5.

Junior Travis Jones got the win on the mound in the first game, facing 30 batters in 7 innings pitched. He had one base on balls and 4 strike outs. The Titan defense backed him up allowing only 2 runs on 9 hits. J. Wertz was the losing pitcher for Labette County.

After 2 outs in the top of the third inning, the Titan offense picked up with leadoff batter Jaden Tedlock’s single to left field. Tanner Grant got on base with a walk and Designated Hitter, Trevor McGlaughlin got a RBI single to right field to score Tedlock.

Taylor Spear’s RBI single to center field scored Grant and left McGlaughlin on third base. Spear stole second causing an errant throw down to score McGlaughlin and give the Titans a 3 – 0 lead after Spear was stranded on third to end the inning,

Labette County lead batter, H. Seibert singled to center field but was picked off on a throw down by Titan catcher Chase Leonard to short stop Tedlock as he attempted to steal second. Labette left 5 runners on bases and remained scoreless through 5 innings.

Columbus went three up and three out in the top of the fourth inning before scoring 4 runs in the top of the fifth inning. Colton Stanley started the inning with a base on balls. Tedlock and Montana Grant each singled with Grant scoring Stanley for an RBI. Spear’s  2 RBI single with one out scored Tedlock and Grant and Leonard’s RBI single scored Spear for a 7 – 0 Titan lead after 5 innings with Leonard left stranded on first base.

In the top of the sixth inning, Altamont put Stanley and Tedlock on base with walks. McGlaughlin singled to right field scoring both runners for 2 RBI’s and a Columbus 9 – 0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

A single by Labette County first baseman, J. Reeves and a Titan error put 2 runners on base for pinch hitter T. Burris. Burris singled in Reeves and K. Weaver for 2 RBI’s and the only Grizzly scores of the game.

Montana Grant singled in the top of the seventh inning to score courtesy runner, Trent Martin, who was running for Titan catcher, Leonard after his single to start the inning. Grant was left on base when the inning ended.

Grizzly, C. Journot singled in the bottom of the seventh but was picked off by Jones and Tedlock as he tried to steal second base. The game ended on a hit back to Jones for a put out at first giving Columbus the 10 – 2 win.

The second game featured Titan Senior, Chase Leonard on the mound for 7 innings and the win. He faced 28 batters for 9 strike outs and no base on balls. The Titans allowed 5 runs on 5 hits. Columbus scored 6 runs on 6 hits from Labette County pitcher Joey Reeves. He allowed 4 base on balls and no strike outs, facing 16 batters. Relief pitcher, Cosby, faced 17 batters for the Grizzlies allowing 3 base on balls and no strike outs. 

Both teams scored in the first inning. Tanner Grant walked with a base on balls. Taylor Spear hit him around with a single to center field. Leonard hit an RBI single to center field to score Grant but Spear got hung up between the bases for the third out.

Grizzly leadoff batter, H. Seibert, scored on a passed ball after singling to left field to start the bottom of the inning and tie the score at 1 run each.

Trevor McGlaughlin hit in Colton Stanley in the top of the third inning to put Columbus back on top 2 – 1. Two Titan errors and a passed ball scored 3 runs for Labette with 1 RBI credited to Journot in the bottom of the inning to put Altamont in the lead 4 – 2 after 3 innings.

The Titans scored 1 run in each of the last 4 innings. Leonard’s double to center field opened the top of the fourth inning. Courtesy runner Justin Graham scored on a pick-off play that put Tyler Elmore out at second after he reached first base on a walk. The score closed the gap to a 1 point game.

The fifth inning for the Titans mirrored the third inning with Stanley scoring on a McGlaughlin RBI to tie the game at 4 runs each. Tanner Grant hit a double to right field but was left on base.       

Leonard opened the sixth inning by getting hit with a pitch. Elmore hit a RBI single to single to score the runner and take the lead 5 – 4.

Labette went 3 and out in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings.

Columbus padded their lead, 6 – 4 on a RBI double by McGlaughlin to score Jaden Tedlock who led off with a base on balls. McGlaughlin and Leonard were left on base.

The Grizzlies weren’t ready to concede the game. T. Burris singled to right field and C. Cosby reached first base on a Titan error that scored Burris before the Titan defense ended the game 6 – 5.

The Titan Varsity squad will be in action for make-up games in Parsons on Tuesday, April 12 and back in Columbus on Friday, April 15 to host Independence. Games start at 4:30pm.

The Columbus Lady Titan Softball team travelled to Altamont on Thursday for varsity games against an offense heavy Lady Grizzly team.

Altamont allowed 4 runs on 3 hits and 1error in the first game taking the win 9 – 4.

Leadoff batter Kaitlyn Vanatta and Senior Kate Overman each had bunt singles and scored 1 run. Reagan Soper scored a RBI single and 1 run. Haley Evans had 1 run after reaching first base on a Grizzly error.

Columbus allowed 9 runs on 9 hits, giving up 4 base on balls. Scoring for Altamont were: Julich 2 base on balls, a double and 2 runs; Foister 1 base on balls, 1 single, and 2 runs; Reynolds 3 singles and 1 run; Goins 1 single and 1 run; Rush 1 single, 1 triple, and 1 run; Ford 1 single;  Woolfulk 1 run; and Myers 1 base on balls and 1 run.

The Lady Titans lost game 2, 12 – 6. Kate Overman and Maeleigh Soper each had 3 base on balls and 1 run. Kaitlyn Vanatta had 2 singles and 1 run, Haley Evans scored 1 base on balls, 1 bunt single, and 2 runs, Kylie Jones score 1 bunt single and 1 run, Miranda Harris 1 single and Haley Touchton 2 singles.

Next action for the Lady Titans will be Friday at home against Independence.