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Late inning rally gives Warriors win over Columbus

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For the next year, the Russell County Warriors can say something they haven't been able to say since 2006:

They beat the Columbus Blue Devils.

With the score tied at three in the top of the seventh, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly scored two Warrior runs, and Jesse Nelson slammed the door in the bottom of the inning to give Russell County the 5-3 win.

Tony Dalponte started for Columbus, giving up three runs in 3.2 innings and striking out three. Nelson got the win after going all seven innings and striking out eight, thanks in large part to a curveball he's been looking for all season.

"Over the last week or so, he's really worked on getting on top of that breaking ball," said Russell County head coach Tony Rasmus. "He had it tonight."

The teams traded runs in the first inning, with Russell County scoring on a dropped third strike that allowed Hunter Webb to score. In the bottom of the inning, Robin Geven singled to left, scoring Hunter Swilling.

The game stayed tied until the top of the fourth, when Coleson Taylor singled up the middle with runners on second and third. Trent Belcher and Nic Griggs scored to give the Warriors a 3-1 lead.

Columbus got one back in the bottom of the frame when Nick Poskey grounded into a fielder's choice with runners on the corners, scoring Luke Thompson from third. The Blue Devils would go on to tie it in the bottom of the sixth on a Will Kilgore single scoring Geven.

Webb led off the Russell County seventh with a triple to right, and then scored on a wild pitch. The Warriors would add another insurance run, and then Nelson would go pop out, strikeout, strikeout to end the game.

"We scored five in the seventh last game and two in the seventh today, so we're starting to see some signs of life," Rasmus said. "The kids aren't quitting. It's nice to get some big hits."

The win is the first for Russell County over Columbus since 2006, and just the second all-time.

Columbus drops to 4-3 this season. They will host Phenix City-Central on Monday. Russell County improves to 10-6. They will travel to Huntsivlle, Ala., on Friday for a game each with Grissom and Hazel Green.

Jonathan Huskey

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