WATERLOO — Waterloo Columbus snuffed out a Waukon rally in the seventh inning on the way to a 7-4 non-conference baseball victory Saturday.
The Sailors (20-12-1) built a 7-0 lead through three innings. Tristan Wright and Robert Porth had a pair of hits each and Ben Sinnott contributed an RBI triple in the second inning.
Ben Leibold cruised through the first four innings, allowing just one hit, before the Columbus bullpen took over and survived a four-run seventh by the Indians (6-26).
C.R. KENNEDY 12-12, WATERLOO WEST 0-0: Cedar Rapids Kennedy played up to its No. 4 statewide ranking Saturday by blowing past Waterloo West in a Mississippi Valley Conference doubleheader.
The Cougars (30-2) piled up 27 base hits over eight innings, including home runs by Kaylin Kinney and Izzy Wright. In the pitching circle, Kennedy surrendered just one hit to West (5-29) and struck out 14 batters.
EAST FALLS TWICE: Waterloo East gave Class 3A’s second-ranked Louisa-Muscatine a battle before suffering a lopsided loss to Davenport North Saturday at the Iowa City West Rick Doran Classic.
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Louisa-Muscatine (30-3), last year’s Class 2A state champion, edged the Trojans 3-1 while Davenport North (9-17) posted a 16-4 victory in three innings. East fell to 4-33 on the season.
Columbus 7, Waukon 4
Waukon 000 000 4 — 4 5 2
Columbus 232 000 x — 7 9 1
WP — Leibold. LP — Headington. 3B — Sinnott (Col).
Records: Columbus 20-12-1, Waukon 6-26.