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After losing the opening game of the three-game series with the Cougars of Cleveland State 7-2, the Columbia State Chargers put together a powerful show of determination Saturday in the days doubleheader.

CSCC trailed 3-1 through four-innings in a game that would set the tone for scoring. The Chargers would finally put together an inning of timely hits scoring three to tie the contest in the sixth. The first score came off the bat of Clay Simmons as he singles in Taylor McKenney and it was 4-2. Brendan Jordan singles advancing to second as Clay Simmons scores 4-3 Cougars. Rio Russell enters the game to run for Jordan. Russell would later plate the fourth run off a passed ball.

The first game of the day moved to the seventh with the Chargers on top 4-3. CSCC’s starting pitcher Corey Herndon was pulled for reliever Chris Johnson. Johnson struggled in the seventh as Jordan Ransom scores to give Cleveland State their fourth run.

Bases loaded tag!

Bases loaded tag!

All tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh Columbia State loads the bases. Clay Simmons at first, Ryan Kemp at second and Nick Walker at third. In steps Chris Johnson and is tagged in the upper shoulder to walk in the winning run Walker.

The series nightcap would probably be the best game as it goes scoreless until the sixth inning as the Cougars plate the go-ahead run. Devin Gardner advances home on a throwing error to first by CSCC starting pitcher Jonathan Looney. The Cougars would lead 1-0.

Kemp Rounds 3rd After 2-Run Shot

Kemp Rounds 3rd After 2-Run Shot

In the Charger sixth Ryan Kemp connected for his 4th homer down the left field line, a two-run shot also plating Nick Walker. With Clay Simmons and Chase Carder on base Brendan Jordan drives in Carder making the score 3-1. The insurance run giving Columbia State a two-run lead was important. The Cougars cut the lead to one but could not pull any closer as Charger reliever Austin Reynolds, the third hurler of CSCC, ended the game with a strikeout. Columbia State upped their overall record to 23-16 and 10-8 in the conference. Cleveland State went to 27-16 overall and 14-7 in conference play.


Chattanooga State vs Walters State 12-1, 4-2, 6-5 Senators sweep.





NOTE: Sorry about the video troubles during game. INTERNET TROUBLE!

Coach Painter 1Longtime Columbia State head baseball coach Jim Painter will be honored this week with a tournament bearing his name. The inaugural Jim Painter Classic is set to begin Thursday (3/24) running through Saturday at four middle Tennessee locations. Thursday’s action will be at Columbia State and Columbia Central with the fields at Spring Hill High School and Independence High School being added on Friday and Saturday.

Coach Painter passed away in 2014 and former players, who are now coaching, wanted to put together this tournament to honor a man who loved the game and ranks high among the NJCAA Junior College coaches with an outstanding win record of 1,074 victories. “Paint” was also an assistant with head coach Dave Hall. They combined for a total of six world series visits and a runner-up accomplishment as an assistant. In 1973, Coach Painter was named the head baseball coach and served in that role until the 2006 season when former Charger baseball player Kelly Bratton was named head coach. Current head coach Mike Corn, also a former player under Coach Painter, is in his sixth season at the helm of the Chargers.

Painter was inducted into the National Junior College Association Hall of Fame in 2003 and TJCCAA Hall of Fame in 1994.

Baseball BatThe tournament games will be played at Columbia State, Columbia Central HS, Spring Hill HS and Independence HS. The Thursday through Saturday is as follows:

Thursday, March 24

At Columbia State CC
6:00pm Spring Hill vs Germantown

At Columbia Central High School
4:00pm Forrest vs Summit
6:00pm Columbia vs Summit

Friday, March 25

At Columbia State CC
3:00pm Lewisburg, MS vs Forrest
5:00pm Lewis County vs Lewisburg, MS

At Spring Hill High School
12:00pm Spring Hill vs Creekwood
2:00pm Creekwood vs Overton

At Independence High School
10:00am Overton vs Summit
12:00pm Summit vs Germantown
2:00pm Clarksville vs Germantown
4:00pm Independence vs Clarksville

At Columbia Central High School
12:00pm Columbia vs Forrest
2:00pm Lavergne vs Rossview
4:00pm Rossview vs Columbia

Saturday, March 26

At Columbia State CC
10:00am Lavergne vs Creekwood
12:00pm Rossview vs Perry County
2:00pm Creekwood vs Clarksville
4:00pm Clarksville vs Overton

At Spring Hill High School
10:00am Spring Hill vs Lewis County
12:00pm Lewisburg, MS vs Spring Hill
2:00pm Lewis County vs Germantown

At Independence High School
2:00pm Lavergne vs Independence
4:00pm Independence vs Rossview

At Columbia Central High School
12:00pm Columbia vs Overton