LINCOLN — Columbus High fell to Grand Island in the opening round of the A-7 district tournament in a game that lasted four days.
After rain suspended the game Friday, the Islanders pulled away Monday with five runs in the fourth inning and went on to win 11-6.
“We played well both days,” CHS head coach Paul Braun said. “It's a difficult situation to start a game and have to wait two days to finish it.”
The Discoverers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in their first two at bats Friday as Rebecca Hazlett, who finished 3 for 4, and Kate Smith hit home runs.
As Columbus took the field in the bottom of the second, a heavy mist was coming down. The Islanders took advantage at the plate to tie the game at 4-4 before play was suspended after two innings.
“We handled the field conditions really well on Friday, unfortunately the rain came and we had to fight a wet ball,” Braun said.
On Monday, Marika Spencer immediately gave the Discoverers the lead again with her ninth home run of the season and 21st of her career, both school records. Grand Island answered right back with two runs in the bottom of the third to take its first lead of the game.
A five-run fourth gave the Islanders all the breathing room they needed to put the game away.
“We talk about control what you can control and do your best to compete,” Braun said. “Maybe it's a different outcome if we finish on Friday, but we cannot control Mother Nature. We can only control our play and we did a pretty good job of that.”
Columbus ends the season with a 13-27 record.
District B-4 tournament
COLUMBUS — Mother Nature didn’t dampen Wisner-Pilger’s bats Saturday.
After rain forced a two-day delay and relocation from Wisner to Columbus’ Bradshaw Park, the Gators’ offense took control in a 12-0 win over Lakeview in the B-4 district tournament.
The Vikings had just one hit in the game, from Kaylea Bailey, compared to 12 for Wisner-Pilger.
“They were hitting the holes and there wasn’t much we could do to stop it,” Lakeview head coach Erica Zywiec said. “It’s not the way any of us wanted to end our season.”
The Vikings finish the season with a 7-20 record.
District C-5 tournament
GENOA — Twin River won one game Saturday, then saw its season end with a 10-8 extra-inning loss to Centennial in the C-5 district tournament in Genoa.
The Titans started the day with a 10-2 victory over Central City. Twin River gave pitcher Emilee Spitz an early lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Titans added five more runs in the third inning, spotting Spitz an 8-0 lead.
The freshman, who finished the season at 10-7 with a 2.82 ERA, threw four innings, allowing a pair of runs and striking out four batters. Erin Cook fired a shutout fifth inning after each team scored twice in the fourth.
Cali Shanle, Halle Konz and Maddy Rinkol all had two hits in the game for Twin River.
The Titans started fast again versus Centennial, leading 8-2 after three innings. The Broncos came back to tie the game with four runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth.
Centennial scored twice in the top of the eighth to complete its comeback.
Bailey Oberhauser was 3 for 5 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI for Twin River, which finishes the season with a 22-14 record.