After four and a half innings of scoreless softball, the Columbus High offense came to life.
It scored five runs in the fifth inning and got another superb effort from starting pitcher Mary Catherine Smith to top Lumpkin County 5-0 and stay alive in the state tournament at South Commons softball complex.
With the win, Columbus advances in the losers bracket and will face Madison County at 3 p.m. today on Field No. 4. That game will also be an elimination game.
Sydney Sprague led off the inning with a single, moved to third on an error and scored the teams first run on an RBI fielders choice by Kayla Brena. The Lady Blue Devils broke the inning open with a bunt single by Nicole Humphries and back-to-back errors on grounds hit by Alexis Jones and Hillary Waters. Three runs came across the plate on the two errors.
Lexie Stohr drove in the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.
It was all that Smith would need. She pitched a complete game, struck out nine and allowed just six hits.
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