Columbus scored five runs — all with two outs — in the fourth inning and went on to beat Cartersville 6-0 in Game 1 in the GHSA Class AAA state quarterfinals at Randy Jordan Field.
J.T. Phillips had a two-run homer in the inning. He went 3-for-3 in the game.
Columbus starter Kyle Carter went the distance, striking out eight.
Columbus won 8-5 in Game 2 to finish the sweep.
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Columbus will host either Gainesville or Thomson in the state semifinals beginning Monday.
Cartersville had knocked Columbus out of the playoffs each of the past two seasons.
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