Blues blow out Norfolk in road victory, 9-2
The Columbus United Federal Credit Union Junior Blues sailed to an easy victory over Norfolk, 9-2 on Tuesday on the road.
The Blues started out hot right away. Tanner Kobza was the leadoff hitter for Columbus and was hit by a pitch. CJ Fleeman was up next to bat and he got his first of two hits, when he blasted a line drive toward right field.
With runners on second and third and one out, Kaden Young stepped to the plate, and hit a deep fly ball to center field. Kobza tagged up at third and score on the play giving the away club a 1-0 lead.
Connor Dush then singled on a pop fly to right field and Fleeman added a marker extending the lead to 2-0.
Trey Kobza then singled, advancing Dush to second and following that Ben Janssen nailed a single scoring one final run in the first for the Blues giving them a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning Norfolk went three up and three down.
In the top of the second, Columbus took advantage of two early errors by the home team.
CJ Fleeman stepped up to the plate with runners on first and second and no outs, but after another costly error by Norfolk Alex Ritzdorf reached home safely.
Evan Bock grounded out, but Tanner Kobza scored on the play giving the Blues a 5-0 lead.
The away team continued their dominance on defense as Norfolk once again went three up and three down.
Columbus only scored one run in the third inning and it came when Ritzdorf singled on a line drive towards the pitcher and Tanner Kobza scored,
Norfolk finally got their first hit of the game in the third inning, but still could not score against the stout defense of the Blues.
The away team sealed the deal in the fourth inning, as Fleeman, Josh Faust and Colin Flyr all scored lengthening the lead to 9-0.
Norfolk attempted a rally in the bottom of the inning, but only managed two runs. Neither team scored for the remainder of the contest. The final score would sit at 9-2.
Head coach Jimmy Johnson was happy with his team’s performance especially in the first inning.
“The first inning we had some very important two-out-hits that got us on the board early and kind of allowed us to gain momentum early,” said Johnson.
Johnson said that despite the success his team is having they still focus on the moment.
“I think every win is important,” said Johnson. “But, we teach our guys to take it one game at a time,”
The Blues have had success against their district opponents so far and Johnson and his team feel that they will be competitive in the district tournament.
“We have a good feeling knowing we have a chance to win our district tournament,” said Johnson.
The Blues had three players with two hits – Fleeman, Trey Kobza and Faust, while Fleeman and Tanner Kobza led the team with two runs apiece.
Landon Thompson was efficient from the mound during the game. He pitched four innings and only allowed four hits and two runs. He also recorded four strikeouts.
Trey Kobza came in to relief pitch for three innings and didn’t allow any hits, walked only one batter and struck out two opponents.
The Blues (11-2) will travel to Waverly for a tournament that will take place from Friday to Sunday.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com