Junior Connor Dush put together a second straight strong outing, the offense piled season-high totals in hits and runs and Columbus High baseball returned to the diamond after a week away with a 10-0 road win Monday evening at Omaha South.
Dush, who tossed a complete game with eight strikeouts in his varsity debut on April 5, backed that start up with yet another dominant trip to the hill, allowing just one hit, striking out eight and improving his season and career record to 2-0.
Columbus High also improved to 4-5 with the win and has now won three of its last four after opening the season 1-4.
Tyler Palmer, CJ Fleeman, Landon Thompson and Brent Beard each had a multi-hit game for the Discoverers. Kaden Young, Thompson and Beard each smashed a double, Beard also had a triple and the Columbus bats came alive early with three runs in the first, providing Dush more than enough support the rest of the way.
"Connor really pitched great for us, really filled up the strike zone and let his defense work. He has a really great mound presence and is really starting to get a feel for what he's capable of," coach Jimmy Johnson said. "We're certainly excited anytime he takes the mound now because it's been really good things for us the last couple times."
Dush gave up a two-out single in the second inning then set down the next 13 in a row. He took the mound with a 3-0 cushion thanks to a first-inning RBI double by Thompson scoring Sam Nelson and a double two hitters later by Beard that brought home Thompson and Caden Pelan.
His only real trouble came in the second after a one-out error and a two-out single had runners at first and second. He ended the threat with an infield pop up then was perfect the rest of the way.
Columbus put the game away with six in the fourth on four hits, three walks and two errors. Tyler Palmer brought in Cole Wilcox with a single, CJ Fleeman scored Evan Bock on a single of his own and Thompson scored Palmer on a single to center. Beard brought in Sam Nelson and Thompson with a one-out triple to right and Beard scored on an error two hitters later.
Tadan Bell completed the scoring in the sixth, tagging up on a sac fly by Aedon Eckart making it 10-0.
"I think (scoring three runs in the first inning) did a lot for us as a whole team," Johnson said. "We were able to relax a little bit, not feel like there was quite so much pressure on any given at-bat.
"I thought our offensive approaches were pretty good as far as what we're trying to do with each at-bat and with each pitch. We got some hits, got some guys in scoring positions and got some extra-base hits. Playing with a lead early on, it felt a lot different."
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com