COLUMBUS (WTVM)- Columbus High swept Thompson Monday afternoon to earn a trip back to the GHSA State Championship Game.
Junior Kyle Thompson was dialed in during game one, pitching a complete game shutout with 15 strikeouts, three shy of the school record for strikeouts in a game. During game one, Carter homered in the bottom of the 4th, his 20th home run of the season.
Game two became a home run derby for the Blue Devils. Started in the 2nd inning by Tyler Mathis. Mathis smashed a two-run shot as the second batter of the inning to make the score 3-0. Jordan Weems and Pierce Ressmeyer both had an RBI singles and Cody Walker added an RBI double to make the score 6-0. Columbus batted around and Mathis' second at bat of the inning was a grand slam to put the nail on the coffin at 10-0. But, Columbus wasn't done. In the top of the 3rd, Weems and Ressmeyer each added a their own 2-run home runs. Carter had his 21st home run of the year in the top of the 4th with his own 2-run shot. The 16-0 Columbus lead was enough to end the game after 4 innings.
Columbus stopped Thompson's 22-game win streak with 14 shutout innings of baseball. This will be the third year in a row they will play for a state title.
Game 1: Thompson 0 Columbus 6
WP: Kyle Carter, 15ks
Game 2: Columbus 16 Thompson 0
4 inning mercy rule