MAPLEWOOD and SOUTH ORANGE – The Columbia High School varsity baseball team is having a strong season.
The Cougars defeated East Side, Verona and Cedar Grove. The Cougars then lost to Glen Ridge in a heartbreaker for their first loss in the Super Essex Conference-Liberty Division. CHS moved to an 8-3 overall record, 8-1 in the division.
Christian Pierre went 2-for-2 with two runs, two walks and three RBI and Reid Evans went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI in the 14-4 home win over Newark East Side on April 19 in a divisional game. Ryan Davis went 2-for-3 with a solo homer. Lucas Peterson went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs; Eliot Dix had a double and an RBI and Luke Jackson went 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Luke Jackson had two hits, including a triple, with four RBI and Daniel Cotler, Dix and Ryan Davis each had a run-scoring single to lead the Cougars to a 9-2 win at Verona on April 20 in divisional play. The loss dropped Verona to 5-2 in the division.
The Cougars broke a scoreless tie with six runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Pete Nolet pitched a six-hitter with 12 strikeouts and no walks, allowing one earned run.
Dix went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs in the 7-3 home win over Cedar Grove on April 22 in a divisional game. Davis went 1-for-3 with two RBI; and Jackson and Pierre each had two hits and an RBI. Danny Boehmer struck out nine and allowed four hits over five innings for the win.
CHS fell at Glen Ridge, 6-5, April 25. Glen Ridge scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off win. Nolet had two hits; Evans had two RBI; and Dix, Davis and Cotler each had an RBI.
CHS to play under lights at Cameron, April 30
CHS baseball will play its third annual game under the lights at Cameron Field in South Orange, on Saturday, April 30, when it hosts Montclair High School. The junior varsity team will play at 5 p.m., while the varsity game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.
Last year, Columbia shut out Madison High School at Cameron Field on its way to a school-record 23 wins, including the Super Essex Conference-Liberty Division championship.
There will be a concession stand with refreshments and Cougar baseball clothing for sale, and the 2016 Cougar Baseball Yearbook will be available to all fans.