When the big boys come to town, people take notice.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the Columbus Cornerstone Insurance Group Seniors will roll out the red carpet for a pair of Omaha clubs.
On Wednesday, Omaha North will pay a visit to Pawnee Park Field for a doubleheader, followed by another twinbill against Omaha Central on Thursday.
Both sets are scheduled to begin with the first game at 5 p.m. and the nightcap at 7:30 p.m.
Columbus is coming off a rough weekend at the Elkhorn tournament, where they went 1-3, the lone victory an 8-1 triumph over Millard Sox on Saturday.
However, the Seniors could’ve flipped their weekend mark around easily if they had managed to hold onto leads in two of the other three contests.
In Saturday’s early game against Waverly, the Seniors fought back from a 3-1 first-inning deficit to take a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh before allowing three unanswered runs to lose in walk-off fashion by a 7-6 score.
Similarly, on Sunday against Lincoln North, Columbus carried a 4-2 lead entering the sixth inning, only to surrender five runs in losing 7-5.
Offense certainly wasn’t the issue, as the Seniors scored 20 runs over the four games, an average of five per contest.
The one-two punch of Logan Mueller and Trevor Kaslon did much of the heavy lifting, each batting a robust .357 (5-for-14) for the weekend.
Each also had three runs batted in, but Jacob Morse led the squad with four RBIs for the weekend.
The mound was where Columbus came up a bit short at critical times.
Kaslon and Morse allowed seven and six runs, respectively, in their starts, while Tyler Wessel was slightly better, giving up four.
In Columbus’ 8-1 victory against Millard, Cole Wilcox tossed a gem, going seven innings while allowing only two hits and one unearned run, striking out four in needing only 78 pitches in the process.
Scott Akanewich is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com.