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Columbus High's Melanie Jones delivers a pitch during Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against Lincoln High at Gerrard Park.

COLUMBUS — After winning five of its previous seven games, the Columbus High softball team fell into a funk during Saturday's home invite.

The Discoverers were outscored 34-6 while going 0-3 at Gerrard Park.

Columbus fell 13-1 in four innings to Beatrice, 11-2 in five innings to Class B, No. 4 Elkhorn and 10-3 to Norfolk.

“We were our own worst enemy today, just felt like we were in our own way and just couldn't get things jump-started," CHS head coach Paul Braun said. "We had some good things happen, as well, today. Not every day is going to be your best. We just need to figure out a way to still get maximum results."

The Discoverers fell behind 8-1 after the first inning against Beatrice, which ended the game with four more runs in the fourth.

Riley Olson drove in Macee Trotta for the Discoverers' lone run. Olson had two hits in the game.

Katie Stachura took the loss on the mound.

Columbus had its only lead of the tournament early against Elkhorn before the Antlers exploded for 11 runs in the third inning.

Lexi Hajek scored on an Elkhorn error to put CHS up 1-0 in the second inning.

An RBI double by Melanie Jones plated another run for Columbus, but the Discoverers couldn't extend the game past five innings.

Clarissa Czarnick also had a hit for CHS, and Jones took the loss on the mound.

The Discoverers fell behind 5-0 after two innings against Norfolk, then battled back to make the score 5-3 before the Panthers added four runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth.

Stachura suffered her second loss of the tournament on the mound.

Kennedy Jones led the Discoverers at the plate, going 2 for 2 with an RBI and run scored. Marika Spencer, Paige Jeffrey and Kate Smith all recorded a hit for CHS.

Elkhorn won the four-team invite with a 3-0 record. Beatrice went 2-1 and Norfolk finished 1-2.

Columbus (9-13) hosts Lincoln Pius X on Tuesday.


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