Columbia, Stephenson claim ‘Best of DeKalb’ victories in week 3

Columbia’s Khaalis King (left) stretches out for first base as Tucker’s Jonathan Beaver makes the catch. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Two of the top state tournament hopefuls from DeKalb County flexed their muscles in impressive victories at the 2015 Best of DeKalb Showdown March 7 at Tucker.

Stephenson smashed five home runs on the way to a 12-2 win over rival Redan in the first game. Coach Marco Jackson’s Stephenson squad also romped to a 12-2 triumph over Newton County March 4 in going 2-0 on the week and improving to 2-1 overall for the season.

Coach Steve Dennis and the Columbia Eagles scored against Tucker for three runs in the bottom of the first and then to a 6-2 victory in the nightcap.

Columbia received a stellar pitching effort from senior Keeshaun Clark in its 6-2 decision over Tucker March 7. Clark tossed six and two-third innings, striking out four and allowing four hits for the victory. Senior Trent Nash paced the Eagle offense, going 2-4 with two runs scored, two RBI and one double.

Seniors Jalen Atterburry (2-4), Justin Washington (2-4; 2 2B), Clark (2-3) and Jamal Devine (2-3) also collected two hits each.

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