OSSIAN — Columbia City’s softball season came to a close last week, falling to Northeast 8 Conference champion Bellmont in the sectional title game at Norwell, 6-0.
Columbia City’s defense held down the Lady Braves through the first five innings, only allowing two runs, but couldn’t get a baserunner in scoring position.
“Offensively, we gave it our best shot against their pitcher,” said head coach Dan Weigold. “When we can’t put the ball in play or get runners to third base, that’s tough, and that pitcher has done that to everybody. It just wasn’t meant to be today.”
Brayden Lickey recorded Columbia City’s lone hit for the game.
Bellmont opened the flood gates in the sixth inning, scoring four runs and icing the cake on its sectional title.
Weigold would have liked a win, but said he’s happy with the team’s hard work.
“The effort we put forth is what we needed,” Weigold said. “That’s all you can ask for out of your players. I’m so proud of our team. We’ve played some of the best softball I’ve seen in years.”
Weigold said he’s excited for the future of Columbia City softball, which has great feeder programs through the youth league at Morsches Park, and dedicated travel softball players and coaches.
“We have some great kids coming up with a lot of experience,” Weigold said. “Our group of seniors have set the bar high for those to come. I love these kids and I love softball. I hope we can keep this passion going.”
Heritage 7, Columbia City 2
Columbia City’s softball team defeated Heritage 7-2 in the sectional semifinal.
The Lady Eagles scored two runs in the first inning, and Heritage answered with a run in the third, making the score 2-1 The Lady Eagles scored another run in the fifth and the Patriots answered by scoring a run of their own in the sixth frame, making the score 3-2. The Lady Eagles put an exclamation point on their win by adding four runs in the fourth inning.
Columbia City had 13 hits compared to Heritage’s seven. Brooke Ebersole got the win on the mound striking out three.
Ciarra Ivy led the Lady Eagle bats with a homerun, double and RBI. Brayden Lickey went 3 for 3 at bat, scored a pair of runs and recorded an RBI. Bella Ross scored a run and hit an RBI. Bella Krieg recorded a pair of RBIs with her two hits.