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Columbus North baseball sweeps Connersville
May 24, 2014Columbus North High School
CONNERSVILLE, Ind. -- Junior Jon Cox went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs on Saturday (May 24), leading the Class 4A No. 10 Columbus North baseball team to a 10-1 victory at Connersville to complete a sweep of a doubleheader.
In the opener, the Bull Dogs manufactured three runs in the seventh inning to post a 3-1 win.
Cox also pitched six innings to pick up the victory in the second game, allowing just four hits as the Bull Dogs improved to 20-5-1 with the two triumphs.
Cox was supported by junior Devin Mann and sophomore Canaan Baum, who each added three hits as the Bull Dogs pounded out 21 safeties in the nightcap. Senior Will Dorenbusch, junior Evan Finke, sophomore Collin Lollar and freshman Cooper Trinkle contributed two hits apiece.
Connersville took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Columbus North recovered for a 3-1 edge in the second. A Cox single, a Lollar groundout and a Mann single each drove home a run.
Lollar doubled home a run in the fourth, and Cox doubled home a run in the fifth as the Bull Dogs pushed the count to 5-1.
Junior Ben Baker had an RBI single and Dorenbusch had an RBI fielder's choice in the sixth.
Mann added another RBI single and Baum produced a two-RBI single in the seventh.
In the first game, the Trojans took a 1-0 edge in the bottom of the sixth off reliever Matt Cleveland.
But in the top of the seventh, the Bull Dogs combined a walk to sophomore Brice McDaniel and a Mann double to tie the game. Mann moved to third on a passed ball, then scored when Baum reached first on a dropped third strike. Junior Cody Burton then doubled Baum home, and Lollar pitched the seventh to seal the victory.
Columbus North returns to action at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 27) when it hosts Bedford North Lawrence in its final regular-season game. The Bull Dogs open sectional play at 8 p.m. Friday (May 30) when they face Bloomington North in the semifinal round.
Columbus North ........... 000 000 3 -- 3 5 2
Connersville ................. 000 001 0 -- 1 5 0
WP: Collin Lollar (5-1). LP: Jordan Clark.
2B: Devin Mann (CN), Cody Burton (CN), Javaun Upchurch (C).
Columbus North ........... 030 112 3 -- 10 21 0
Connersville ................. 100 000 0 -- 1 5 1
WP: Jon Cox (6-0). LP: Brandon Hobbs.
2B: Jon Cox (CN), Canaan Baum (CN), Evan Finke (CN), Collin Lollar (CN), Cody Burton (CN), Jordan Clark (C).