COLUMBUS, Ga. ? The Columbus Catfish continued their winning ways Saturday night at Golden Park with an 8-5 victory over the visiting Hickory Crawdads.
The victory is a season-high fifth in a row for the Catfish.
Though the Catfish turned in a solid performance in all phases of the game, it was a special night for Catfish left-hander Scott Elbert. Elbert, the 17th pick overall in last year's draft, picked up his first victory of the season. He pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs.
Staked to an early 4-0 lead, Elbert gave up one run in the second inning and two in the third. In the third, he gave up back-to-back hits to start, but recovered to give up just two more that inning. Elbert quickened his pace as he got into trouble.
"It's a tendency I have to do that," said Elbert. "My pitching coach (Glenn Dishman) came out and told me to relax and get back into the rhythm. It feels great to get the first win. We've kept on battling and now everything's coming together for us. We go out there now expecting to win."
The Catfish pounded out 11 hits. Third baseman Blake DeWitt led the way with three hits, including a homer and five RBIs.
DeWitt also delivered the hit that allowed the Catfish to jump to an early 2-0 first-inning lead.
After Hickory starter Kyle Pearson retired the first two Catfish, Lucas May strode to the plate. May collapsed in pain after he fouled a ball off his ankle, but he remained in the game and hit a triple to left-center field. Following a walk to Travis Denker, DeWitt hit a double to right-center to drive in both runners.