Columbia City baseball controls DeKalb, 15-7

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City baseball team clobbered the DeKalb Barons Wednesday night, 15-7. The Eagles now hold a record of 9-5 on the year, 1-2 in the Northeast Hoosier Conference.Columbia City scored 15 runs on 18 hits to go with two errors. DeKalb scored seven runs with 11 hits and no errors.Columbia City third baseman Jordan Bickle hit two doubles in the game, while designated hitter Austin McCormick and first baseman Connor Reed smacked one double each. Left fielder Connor Slavich smashed a three-run home run, his second dinger on the season.The Eagles called on Austin Clark to pitch in their third conference game of the year. Clark fought well against a tough Baron lineup, nearly throwing a complete game. Clark went six and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs—five earned—on 11 hits, while giving up four walks and striking out three. Clark earned the win, improving his record to 5-1 for the season.The Eagles put some distance between themselves and the visitors with a smattering of seven runs in the bottom of the fourth, making the score 12-4 in favor of Columbia City. From there, both teams would exchange three runs, resulting in the final score of 15-7.Bickle went 4-for-4 at the plate, drove in two runs, scored twice and walked once. Right fielder Landon Rehrer had three hits in five at-bats with two runs scored and two RBIs. Shortstop Brandon Gay scored two runs after being beamed twice by Barons pitchers, and earned an RBI on a walk with bases loaded.The Eagles head to New Haven tonight for a tilt against the Bulldogs at 5 p.m.