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Olympian Baseball: O's battle Jeffersonville & the Weather!

By Dennis Pierce | Apr 10, 2024 8:47 AM


The Columbus East boy's baseball team showcased their resilience on Tuesday night, securing a thrilling 5-4 victory against their Hoosier Hills Conference rivals, the Jeffersonville Red Devils. Despite facing a momentary setback with the Red Devils taking a 4-2 lead after the top of the 5th inning, the Olympians quickly rallied in the bottom half of the inning. Lead-off batter Chase Niese demonstrated patience and discipline by drawing a full-count walk, Carson Williams followed suit with another well-earned walk, paving the way for senior Blake Borkhardt to deliver a game-changing bomb. With precision timing, Borkhardt connected with a hanging breaking ball, launching it over the right-center fence for a spectacular three-run homer, propelling the Olympians into a 5-4 lead. Eli Tindell delivered a commendable performance as the starting pitcher, holding the Red Devils to just one run through four innings. His brother, relief pitcher A.J. Tindell, efficiently managed the Red Devils' offense in the 6th inning, securing three consecutive pop-up outs to maintain the Olympians' narrow lead. Together, pitchers Eli Tindell, Jace Jones, and A.J. Tindell showcased exceptional teamwork, limiting the Red Devils to just four hits throughout the game. In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Olympians extended their lead to 6-4 before weather conditions intervened. As lightning streaked across the sky and rain began to fall, the game entered a weather delay, leaving the outcome uncertain. With the safety of all players and officials in mind and weather still an issue, the decision was made by the umpires and the O's athletic staff to call off the game. As the 6th inning was incomplete, the game reverted back to the last full inning played, maintaining the Olympians' hard-earned 5-4 lead. With five innings completed, the game was officially declared in favor of the Olympians, marking a well-deserved victory. Throughout the evening, the Olympians were able to put the bat on the ball, amassing a total of nine hits: - Blake Borkhardt's impressive three-run homer - Jackson Watkins' single and double - Bige Asher's double - Evan Huckaby's two singles - Chase Niese's single - Evan Blazer's single - Marcus Wilkinson's single The Olympians prepare to host the Madison Cubs tonight, April 10th, with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.