Columbus United Federal Credit Union turned to its ace in the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader against Kearney and split the twinbill following a extra-inning lost in game one.
Tadan Bell took the mound after the Junior Blues dropped the first game 3-2 on a walk off single and delivered with 15 strikeouts, a complete-game performance, just two hits allowed and one walk.
Bell struck out the side in the second and the seventh, only allowed one runner to reach second base and set Kearney down in order three times and improved to 2-0 on the season.
In three starts, Bell has allowed just 15 hits in 20 innings, struck out 33 and allowed just one earned run. That calculates out to a 0.35 ERA and a 1.050 WHIP.
Colin Flyr and Caleb Van Dyke supported his effort with two RBIs each and CUFCU improved to 6-6 on the season.
Van Dyke singled then scored on a Flyr single in the first inning. Tyson Groene reached with a one-out single in the second, then made it 2-0 after a strikeout, walk and wild pitch.
Van Dyke scored Tanner Kobza and Flyr in the next at bat on a drive to center for a 4-0 advantage.
A Flyr sac fly in the sixth scoring Ryan Eickhoff completed the scoring.
Kearney overcame a 2-0 Columbus United Federal Credit Union lead and walked off a 3-2, extra-inning win over the Junior Blues in game one of Wednesday's Legion baseball doubleheader at Pawnee Park.
Columbus scored single runs in the third and fourth but saw its lead cut in half in the bottom part of the fourth and gave the lead away in the sixth. The Junior Blues put the leadoff runner on in the eighth but left him at second.
A hit batter, error and single gave Kearney the win moments later.
Colin Flyr gave Columbus a second straight quality start but took a no decision after allowing just one earned run and striking out seven.
The loss made it two in a row for CUFCU and a 5-6 record following a stretch at the end of last week when the Blues won 3 of 4.
Flyr allowed a single to the first hitter he faced but then retired six in a row before running into a minor jam in the third.
Two singles followed by a two-out walk had the bases loaded. Flyr then turned around a 2-1 count with back-to-back called strikes ending the threat.
Flyr helped his own cause in the top half, driving a liner through the right side scoring Ryan Eickhoff.
Drew Loosvelt then led off the fourth with a double, appeared as though he might be stranded there after two straight pop ups, but came across on a throwing error by the Kearney shortstop.
A leadoff walk in the bottom half came around and cut the Columbus lead in half on a bloop just over first base.
A throwing error at shortstop then tied it in the sixth when a two-out single was lined to center scoring the runner from second. Flyr hit the next batter and was pulled for Eickhoff in relief.
Eickhoff forced a fly ball to left then struck out a hitter ending the frame.
He set the Kearney lineup down 1-2-3 in the seventh. Flyr followed with a leadoff single in the eighth and moved to second on the play on a bad throw to first. A strikeout swinging, looking and fly ball to right left him at second.
Tadan Bell drove a deep fly over the head of the right fielder in the final at bat but he caught up to it near the warning track.
A one-out hit batter then infield pop up put Kearney in position for the win. Miscommunication between short and third allowed the pop up to drop to the dirt. A single to shallow center cashed in the mistake for a Five Points win.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.