By KEVIN HARRIS
COLUMBUS – The New Albany Bulldogs ended last week’s Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on a very disappointing note.
Columbus East senior Harry Crider smacked a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat visiting New Albany in the third-place game last Friday 4-0. Crider has signed a national letter of intent to play football next season at Indiana University.
Bulldog reliever Ryan Robison gave up Crider’s walk-off home run in getting the loss. Robison threw 2 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on four hits. He had one strikeout.
Starter Chase Rudy pitched seven scoreless innings for New Albany (10-8). He allowed five hits and one walk while striking out five.
Julian Greenwell went 3-for-5 for the Olympians (13-6). Teammate Jonah Wichman was 2-for-4.
COLUMBUS EAST 4, NEW ALBANY 0, 10 INNINGS
New Albany 000 000 000 0-0 6 1
Columbus East 000 000 000 4-4 9 1
W – Eric McMullen. L – Ryan Robison (4-3). 2B – Robison (NA), Julian Greenwell (CE), Jonah Wichman (CE). HR – Harry Crider (CE).
Records – New Albany 10-8, Columbus East 13-6.