The Columbus Cornerstone Insurance Group Seniors allowed a combined 19 runs and suffered a doubleheader loss at Hastings on Thursday by final scores of 12-4 and 7-0.
Cornerstone managed just nine total hits in the two contests, left a total of 16 runners on base and went 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
Columbus dropped to 3-7 with the losses and has lost four in a row ahead of a doubleheader Sunday at North Platte.
GAME 1, Hastings 12, Cornerstone 4: The hosts plated the first two runs in the bottom of the second but Columbus answered with three and its only lead of the night the next half inning.
Kaden Young brought one in on a ground ball out with the bases loaded and Cody Zrust doubled two hitters later with two outs and two on for a 3-2 advantage.
Colin Flyr's two-out single with Conner Rausch at third extended the lead to 8-2 in the fourth.
Five hits, an error and a walk put six Hastings runs on the board in the home half and seized the lead. Three singles, a hit batter and a triple added four more in the fifth and ended the game on the mercy rule.
GAME 2, Hastings 7, Cornerstone 0: Columbus had a base runner on in every inning except for the first and fifth but only advanced one to third. That came in the sixth with the team trailing 3-0 and in need of a spark. But back-to-back one-out singles were left stranded on a strikeout and a fielder's choice.
A one-out single then a double put Hastings up 1-0 in the second, a two-out rally with four straight hits in the fourth made it 3-0 and three hits, including a triple, and two walks in the sixth added four more.
Colin Flyr and Cody Zrust were the only two Columbus hitters to combine for more than one hit on the night. Connor Dush took the loss in Game 1 with four innings and five earned runs. Cole Wilcox tossed 5 and 2/3 in the Game 2 with seven earned.
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