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WATERLOO — Waterloo Columbus exploded for six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull out a 7-2 victory over Independence Friday at Sulentic Field.

The Sailors trailed 2-1 when the inning started, but John Rausch’s run-scoring single tied it and Columbus took advantage of seven sixth-inning walks by the Mustangs to score the six runs.

Parker Westhoff, Carter Gallagher, Ben Freeseman, Josh Merrifield and Rausch all drove in runs for the Sailors.

CF WINS BCLUW OPENER: Cyrah Rasmussen earned the win, while Myah Brinker and Tjaden Petersen each hit home runs in Cedar Falls 8-7 win over Gilbert in its opening game Friday at the BCLUW Invitational.

Brinker and Petersen each drove in two runs, while Rasmussen was 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI.

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Columbus 7, Independence 2

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Independence 200 000 0 — 2 4 3

Columbus 010 006 x — 7 3 1

M. Beatty, B Bartz (6), K. Hupke (6), J. Lolange (6) and Schmitt. B. Freeseman, J. Merrifield (5) and J. Rausch. WP — Merrifield. LP — Bartz.

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Cedar Falls 8, Gilbert 7

Cedar Falls 021 032 0 — 8

Gilbert 032 011 0 — 7

WP — Cyrah Rasmussen. 2B — CF: Rasmussen. HR — CF: Myah Brinker. Tjaden Petersen.

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