When Columbus High's Sam Nelson scored in the bottom of the sixth inning via two Fremont Bergan errors, the Discoverers had new life.
The run tied the game at 3-3 and neither team was able to break the tie during the scheduled seven innings, so extra innings decided the fate of the game.
The Knights of Archbishop Bergan swung the momentum back in its favor to start the eighth inning. After a leadoff base on ball, Bergan advanced the runner with a sacrifice bunt.
Two batters later, a Bergan player hit an RBI single and advanced to third on a throwing error.
The next batter up for the Knights hit another RBI single to extend the lead to 5-3 for Fremont.
Pitcher Taden Bell finished the inning by striking out the next batter to give CHS a chance.
A strikeout and groundout saw the Discoverers one out away and no runners on base.
Eric Mustard hit a single and Trey Kobza got on base after four balls but another strikeout ended the game for Columbus.
"We know we can play with anyone - we just have to get ourselves over the hump and beat a team like that," said Columbus High head coach Jimmy Johnson after the game. "Give both teams credit. Both teams competed in a tight game. A couple of things didn't go our way. We had some chances, we just didn't quite come through."
Archbishop Bergan outhit Columbus 15-8 but committed five errors compared to CHS' two.
Brent Beard and Trey Kobza led the Discoverers with two hits each. Trey Kobza and Aedon Eckart were responsible for the two runs before Nelson.
CJ Fleeman and Cole Wilcox recorded RBIs for the Discoverers.
Wilcox and Bell both pitched four innings. The pair recorded a combined six strikeouts and only walked three batters.
"Both teams executed some things well to give themselves a chance and both teams took themselves out of some things to," Johnson said. "We had some stuff early on where we gave away couple bases but then we got it back with some good defensive play and took some bases away from them. The ball just didn't quite bounce our way this night."
The next game for Columbus High will be at 5 p.m. on Thursday at Lincoln East (10-5).
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org