Columbus County, Wolfpack Optimist secure DYB Majors state tourney bids

Jacob Jones, Thatcher Rooks and Fisher Soles combined to hold South Columbus to one hit, while striking out eight and walking one in Wolfpack Optimist’s 12-0 win Tuesday morning. Ellis Riggins single broke up the no-hit bid.

Fisher Soles’ triple got the Wolfpack Optimist started in the third inning.

Offensively, Optimist was six up, six down through its first two at bats. Wolfpack Optimist then exploded for eight runs in the third. Fisher Soles tripled, Thatcher Rooks doubled, Jordan Kelly singled, Grayson Creech walked, Edward Brown’s double drive in two runs, Kyler Dowless singled, jacob Jones doubled and Cole Hilbourn singled. More more Wolfpack Optimist runs crossed the plate in the fourth frame. The key blow was a two-run homer by Kyler Dowless that gave Optimist a double-digit advantage that it would maintain to end the game because of the run-rule after four innings.

Evan “Bug” Ward’s teammates wait at home plate to congratulate him after his round-tripper to lead off the game.

Evan “Bug” Ward got Columbus County off to a flying start with a solo home run to lead off its game with Riegelwood. Riegelwood cut into Columbus County’s 3-0 lead with a solo home run by Cody Turner, but that was all the offense the host team could muster against Ward and reliever Bryan Stewart. They Severin’s three-run opposite field blast in the top of the fourth gave Columbus County an 11-1 lead. the game was called after Riegelwood failed to score in the bottom of the frame.

Columbus County remains undefeated. It will face Wolfpack Optimist Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. An Optimist win would force a winner-take-all game Thursday. Both teams are assured berths in the DYB majors state tournament beginning July 15 in Leland.

Elizabethtown topped Columbus County 13-6 to win the District 2 supplemental tournament.