Columbus High’s baseball team bowed out of the Class A state tournament on Monday, after an 8-6 loss to Papillion-La Vista South.
The Discoverers drew first blood with a run in the top of the first, but saw the Titans answer with three runs in their first turn that chased CHS starter Ryan Eickhoff.
Trailing 4-1 entering the fifth, Columbus rallied for three runs to tie the game, sparked by Kaden Young’s two-run triple. The Titans again had an answer in their half of the fifth with a four-run outburst to take an 8-4 lead.
Brent Beard delivered his second RBI single of the day in the sixth, as Colin Flyr scored his third run. CHS pulled to within 8-6 with an unearned run in the seventh, charged to Titans starter and winner Brayden Curtis. With Columbus down to its final out and the bases loaded, Flyr was retired on a chopper right back to closer Tyler Mackling, who earned his fourth save.
The Discoverers went 0-2 in their first state tourney trip in 68 years and finished 18-15.