South Columbus 8 Mississippi 6
The South Columbus Angels matched Mississippi’s four first inning runs with four of its own in the bottom of the frame. Three more South Columbus runs gave the North Carolina representative a lead it would not relinquish, as it stayed alive with an 8-6 win.
Five different Columbus County players connected for two hits. Carmen Buck, Jordyn Turbeville and Payton Brooks each contributed a single and a double. Riley Grice and Brileigh Ward had two singles each.
Buck and Grice singled to start the Columbus first. Olivia Watts walked. Hanna Nobles and Brileigh Ward drove in runs with hits. Greenley Hardee’s hit and Payton Brooks’ double wrapped up the first inning comeback.
Callie West and Ja’Nayah Frinks walked in the South Columbus second. A Buck double, Grice walk and Turbeville double produced three runs. West walked again to start the fourth. Buck walked, Grice singled and Turbeville singled to score West for the eighth South Columbus run.
Meanwhile back in the circle, Olivia Watts completed an outstanding relief pitching performance, limiting Mississippi to two runs over the final four innings.
India Sammons also had a hit for South Columbus. Only three South Columbus batters failed to put the ball in play, while Mississippi struck out eight times.