VALDOSTA -- Columbia High School should know what an "at 'em" ball is.
Valdosta High hit several baseballs right at 'em Tuesday in a 10-2 loss for the Wildcats. The visiting Tigers seemed to be in the right place at the right time as Columbia (Lake City, Fla.) pitcher Chris Coleman took a no-hitter into sixth inning before the Wildcats broke it up.
"We're snakebit," Valdosta coach Bart Shuman said. "We're just not hitting it consistently enough to fall in. We are just not fundamentally sound."
Valdosta (1-6) went hitless though 5 1/3 innings and fell behind 4-0 after the fifth inning, although Wildcat starter Bond Crosby hadn't allowed an earned run yet.
"We're a good team, we just hadn't played like we're capable of yet," Crosby said. "Once we play like we're capable, we'll be fine. We're hitting the ball on the button, we're just not getting base hits."
While Valdosta's offense struggled to find a hole in the Tigers' defense, Crosby's defense wasn't much help, either. The Wildcats committed six infield errors, five of which lead to Columbia runs.
Crosby finally came unraveled in the top half of the sixth inning when Columbia (3-7) drove across four runs, only one earned, to take an 8-0 lead over Valdosta. Ashley Bonner replaced Crosby and got out of the inning, but not before allowing two more runs to cross the plate.
Crosby got the loss after pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits and four strikeouts.
"Maybe we're just getting all the bad stuff out of the way before region play," Crosby said.
The Wildcats were able break up Coleman's no-hitter in the bottom of the sixth when Austin Bennett singled to left field with one out.
"I couldn't believe it," Coleman said.
Bennett later scored on Andre Asbury's base knock, erasing Coleman's shutout as well. B.J. Southers followed with a double that drove in Asbury.
Asbury and Southers both finished the game 1-for-3 with RBI singles.
The Wildcats host Tallahassee (Fla.) Leon at 5:30 p.m. today.
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